Eat Like a Mermaid With This Gluten-Free Smoothie Bowl

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The colorful and nutritious morning recipe comes from Chakra Bowls, a fresh-fruit smoothie bowl café in Poughkeepsie.

Smoothie bowls are very versatile and can be topped with fruit, nuts, seeds, or gluten-free granola. For the best results, use fresh ingredients — the bowl is so simple, it allows these fresh ingredients to shine in all of their farm-fresh deliciousness.

Do you have basket upon basket of pick-your-own berries left over from your summertime escapades? Blend your berries into the main smoothie base of this bowl or use them as a fresh topping.


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At Chakra Bowls, a favorite combo features kiwi, mango, strawberry, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, and chia seeds. There are so many ways to customize the bowl to your liking, so if you don’t perfect it the first time, try and try again! This recipe is a healthy and yummy way to start your day.

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Mermaid Smoothie Bowl (V, GF)


1½ frozen bananas
2 oz pineapple juice
4 oz almond or other nut milk
¼ tsp spirulina
1 tbsp peanut butter


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Combine frozen banana, pineapple juice, nut milk, spirulina, and peanut butter in blender. Blend for about 45 seconds, or until consistency is thick, rich, and creamy. If the consistency it too thin, add add other half of the frozen banana and blend to thicken. If the consistency is too thick, add more plant-based milk.

Once the desired consistency is reached, pour into a bowl. (You may need to use a rubber spatula to get all of the goodness out of the blender.)

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Add your toppings! We like to start with a line of the coconut flakes, and chia seeds down the middle. Then, slowly layering the nuts, seeds, topping it with the fruit.

Related: Make Baked French Toast and Strawberry Smoothies for a Better Brunch

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