Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl

Hello friends! This mango banana smoothie bowl will keep you cool no matter the weather… and here in Philippines it’s HOT. Around December through the end of February I always get a little smug feeling inside and think to myself, “Oh, I’ve lived here so long now I’ve acclimated to the heat.” And then March 1 hits… and with it a wall of heat that can make me lie down and wish someone would bathe me in icy cold towels.

Hello friends! This mango banana smoothie bowl will keep you cool no matter the weather… and here in Philippines it’s HOT. Around December through the end of February I always get a little smug feeling inside and think to myself, “Oh, I’ve lived here so long now I’ve acclimated to the heat.” And then March 1 hits… and with it a wall of heat that can make me lie down and wish someone would bathe me in icy cold towels.

So I don’t eat hot foods anymore. I even let my coffee cool off before drinking it, because why start the day overheated??

But this smoothie bowl is everything you need to keep you cool. It’s made from 5 simple ingredients: local mangoes (the best in the world, in my humble opinion,) local bananas (sweeter with a more intense flavour than our American Cavendish), a chunk of pineapple to give it some zing, caramel protein powder (again from a local source- and they deliver right to your door!), and a splash of soy milk.

That’s it! That’s all it has. Couldn’t be simpler… unless you make it even easier and make up a few baggies of pre-measured frozen fruit & protein powder to keep in your freezer. Then when you want a smoothie bowl, just dump it into your blender, add the soy milk, blend, and away you go.

It’s delicious plain, but of course I like to add extras… in this case it was toasted coconut flakes and one of my pumpkin oat cookies. It’s a great flavour combo, but lots of things would work- toasted almond flakes, cacao nibs, sliced fresh strawberries… the sky’s the limit, my friends!

If you can’t get good mangoes where you are, I am truly sorry for you… however, that probably means you can get amazing peaches, and that would be a great substitute.

Just want everyone to be able to beat the heat this summer (whenever summer happens to be for you!) Cheers, friends!

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