What do you do when you have extra bananas, throw them in the freezer for smoothie(s) bowls of course! Unless you’re baking a loaf of banana bread, in my book that’s the only thing that trumps putting them in the freezer. Now say you make extra caramelized bananas what do you do with them? Ok it was too many to eat them all so that wasn’t an option. I debated putting them in the fridge for topping oats, chia pudding, or pancakes later but figured I wouldn’t get around to it so in the freezer they went and let me tell you something magical happened. Blending them into a chia smoothie bowl was amazing, so I had to do it again, and again, and share it with you!
If you’ve had caramelized bananas before you know they are so different from a fresh ripe banana. If you haven’t please run to the kitchen and make some now! They are just so simply delicious! How could something as simple as caramelized bananas be so good?
This isn’t the recipe I planned on sharing since I already shared a “dessert for breakfast” recipe a couple days ago, oh and Monday, but things haven’t gone well this week in the photography or kitchen department with the limited time and I didn’t get through the ones I have photographed. Hey it’s all going to be ok though because I’m going to enjoy this smoothie bowl again for breakfast today and all will be good. Plus it’s Friday!
So why do I love this simple smoothie bowl so much besides that it’s delicious and simple? Chia seeds will keep you full and are loaded with omega fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber. They are a great source of healthy essential fatty acids, eight times more than salmon! They’re also one of the most digestible plant proteins. Coconut milk and a little coconut oil for sautéing the bananas for some healthy fats. Bananas are prefect for my morning breakfast as they give me all the energy I need to start the day, get the girls to school, and get to barre. There is also a protein option which is great for breakfast on days I have an early morning strength workout. Depending on my mood and when I enjoy it I also like to add one of my favorite Caramel Coconut Go Macro Thrive Bars (shown) or Navitas Naturals Maca Maple Cashews for texture and nutritional boost. The girls just stick to bananas.
While it’s usually a breakfast thing we also love smoothies for afternoon snacks or after the girls activities and this would be a great one. The only thing to note is that there is a little planning as you have to sauté the bananas at least 2 hours before but lately I keep some in the freezer as I know they will get used so you could do this a day, two, or a week before just don’t forget them. The chia seeds also need to soak for the thickest smoothie and I like to give them at least 30 minutes but the longer the better so usually a couple hours to overnight.
Life is short eat dessert for breakfast, especially when it’s healthy, and enjoy what you eat!
Bananas Foster Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 serving
1 large banana*
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp coconut palm sugar
pinch of cinnamon, optional
1c coconut milk
1 TBSP chia seeds
Plus additional caramelized bananas for topping if desired and toppings of choice (used Go Macro Caramel Coconut Thrive Bar). *
*If you want to top it with caramelized bananas as shown you will also need an additional banana, teaspoon of coconut oil, and teaspoon of coconut palm sugar.
**For protein version add 1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein (I like Vega Clean Protein and Vega Sport) and more milk to reach desired consistency.
Heat coconut oil in a small skillet. Slice banana and sauté in coconut oil. Once almost cooked sprinkle with coconut palm sugar, pinch of cinnamon if using, and gently stir. Put bananas and scrap any mixture from the pan into a freezer safe container. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight. At this time also stir chia seeds into coconut milk in a small jar, stir for a good 30 seconds to make sure their mixed well and place in the refrigerator. If you want to top your smoothie bowl with additional warm caramelized bananas make them just before blending your smoothie bowl. Blend soaked chia seeds in a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, until smooth. Add in frozen caramelized bananas and blend using the tamper tool as needed. Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with additional warm caramelized bananas and toppings of choice. Enjoy!
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Deborah @Confessions of a mother runner
Ok now I really want carmelized bananas!!
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They’re so good!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician
I love the site of those caramelized bananas! That’s a breakfast I would want to wake up to 🙂
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They’re simple delicious and it’s a great way to start the day!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
What a great layering of flavors! It seems to “base” to call this a smoothie–this is an experience!
It’s such an experience!
OMG that caramelization is perfection!! This looks heavenly!!
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Thank you, they are so simply delicious!
I haven’t gotten into smoothie bowls, but I have to say–this one looks GOOD. YUM!
You can easily make this into a smoothie just add a little more milk and pour it into a glass!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus
I’ve never caramelized bananas, but I think I’d love them!
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I think you would too. Let me know what you think when you give them a try! You can put them on oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, this smoothie bowl, ice cream, the options are endless!
This has some of my favorite ingredients in it! i looooove vega sport in all of my smoothies 🙂
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This is so good with the Vanilla Vega Sport which is one of my favs as well! Stay tuned to Instagram next week for a giveaway! 😉
If only I liked bananas! 🙁 This looks gorgeous regardless!
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We all don’t like everything and that’s understandable, thank you for your kind words Jessica.
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
dessert for breakfast, i will take it any day 🙂
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It’s a pretty “sweet” way to start the day!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
What an amazing idea!!!! I love bananas foster so much!!!!
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You would love this Julie!
Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
Such a yummy idea. Love the banana fosters flavors.
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You would love this, hope you give it a try!
This looks AMAZING…so dreamy, creamy, and DELICIOUS! I am actually going to make a big smoothie for lunch. I think it is the warmer weather that has me craving one. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! 🙂
Thank you! We have unseasonably warm temps here and I’m craving them like it’s summer! I hope you have a great weekend too!
Omg YUM! I love bananas in my smoothie bowls and this combo looks perfect! I’ll be making this tomorrow!
Let me know what you think if you try it, I think you’ll love it! The caramelized bananas blended in (after being frozen) are such a flavor changer!
I need to try this! It looks so creamy and delicious <3
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I hope you do Carmy, it’s so good!
Gluten Free With Emily
I love caramlized bananas! This smoothie bowl sounds so quick and easy!
It’s quick, easy, and delicious! The caramelized bananas in it and on top of it make it simply irresistible.
I am most definitely going to have to make this…and soon! *-* It looks amazing! So happy that I already have most of the ingredients! 😀
I hope you do, I think you’ll love it! Keep me posted!
Ooh, I think I might need to try that banana topping on oatmeal! It’s cold out right now and I’m craving a warm bowl of comfort but this flavor looks perfect.
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Seriously drooling over here. I totally have 4 extra brown bananas that need using up and I didn’t feel like making my same old banana bread. Hellllloooo Sunday morning breakfast!
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