Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl

by Christin Gillespie

This Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl tastes like ice cream, but is healthy enough for breakfast. A smoothie bowl recipe that only takes minutes to make, is loaded with nutritious ingredients, and is topped off with your favorites. Plus, this easy and sweet breakfast treat is vegan and gluten-free.

White bowl filled a cashew smoothie, comprised of medjool dates, banana, frozen cauliflower rice, cashews, flaxseeds, and non-dairy milk, blended together. Topped with coconut cashew granola, chopped medjool dates, and coconut flakes. Sitting on a white marble counter.

Raise your hand if I told you that you could have ice cream for breakfast! Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream! If your hands not up, then you’re missing out on this breakfast treat.

Technically, this is not an ice cream recipe, but it sure does taste like a big bowl of it. This Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl is so much more. It’s a thick, sweet, and delicious blend of wholesome ingredients that tastes like an indulgent dessert, but is nutritious enough to be enjoyed for breakfast. What more could you ask for?

Why you’ll love this smoothie bowl recipe

  • It only takes 5 minutes to make this smoothie bowl.
  • Tastes like ice cream.
  • This breakfast is sweet, creamy, and healthy. It contains wholesome ingredients such as a frozen banana, frozen cauliflower rice, Medjool dates, and cashews.
  • A vegan and gluten-free smoothie bowl recipe.
  • Plus, you can customize this smoothie bowl recipe, by adding your favorite toppings.

Key Ingredients

This recipe only requires 6 ingredients to make this tasty smoothie bowl.

  • Banana: A frozen banana adds more sweetness and creaminess to this smoothie bowl.
  • Frozen Cauliflower: I know it sounds crazy, but adding frozen cauliflower is where the thick texture comes from. Don’t worry, you can’t taste it. I recommend using store bought frozen cauliflower, or even frozen cauliflower rice, because it blends up nicely.
  • Medjool Dates: Adding a couple of dates makes this smoothie bowl extra creamy and sweet. Also, be sure to make sure that your dates are pitted.
  • Non-dairy milk: You only need a little liquid to blend, since it’s a smoothie bowl. I used unsweetened cashew milk, but you can use any non-dairy milk that you enjoy.
  • Cashews: It wouldn’t be a Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl if there wasn’t any cashews. I recommend using unroasted and unsalted cashews.
  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are loaded with nutrients, high in omega-3 fats, rich in dietary fiber, and you can’t even taste them. They are completely optional and can be replaced with chia seeds, so no problem if you don’t have them…yet!

How to make this ice cream smoothie bowl

To begin, add the non-dairy milk, flaxseeds, cashews, frozen banana, Medjool dates, and frozen cauliflower rice, in a high-speed blender.

A blender filled with frozen cauliflower rice, a frozen banana, 2 medjool dates, cashews, flaxseeds, and non-dairy milk, sitting on a white marble counter.

Next, blend the ingredients until smooth, thick, and creamy.

Then, transfer your ice cream smoothie to a chilled bowl. Garnish with coconut cashew granola, chopped Medjool dates, and coconut flakes, if desired.

White bowl filled a cashew smoothie, comprised of medjool dates, banana, frozen cauliflower rice, cashews, flaxseeds, and non-dairy milk, blended together. Topped with coconut cashew granola, chopped medjool dates, and coconut flakes. Sitting on a white marble counter and has a spoon in it.

Smoothie Bowl Toppings

Anything goes for topping this creamy smoothie bowl. A scoop of coconut cashew granola, a couple of chopped Medjool dates, and a handful of coconut flakes are my personal favorite toppings for this smoothie recipe. Here are some more topping ideas that pair great with this cashew smoothie bowl:

Tips for making the perfect smoothie bowl

To make the perfect smoothie bowl, make sure to follow these tips!

  • Be sure to use frozen fruit and frozen cauliflower to achieve a thick consistency.
  • Start off by only adding 1/3 cup of non-dairy milk and only add more if needed.
  • Use a high-speed blender, with a tamper, to ensure that your smoothie bowl achieves a thick and creamy texture.
  • Make sure that your cashews are unrosted and unsalted.
  • Place your serving bowl in the freezer before you begin preparing this recipe and remove it when smoothie is ready. This will ensure that your smoothie bowl stays cold as you enjoy it.

Fresh versus frozen fruit

The secret to making smoothie bowls extra creamy is using frozen fruit. By adding frozen fruits to your smoothies, you will achieve a thicker result, so that you can add toppings, without them sinking. Also, don’t add too much liquid, because it is a smoothie bowl after all. I usually start with a little non-dairy milk and add more, if needed, until I reach the desired thickness. 

Smoothie Bowl FAQ

Can I make this smoothie bowl a smoothie?

Definitely! This smoothie bowl can be as thick or thin as you want. Add extra non-dairy milk, about a cup, to make this smoothie bowl a smoothie.

Can I add protein powder?

Absolutely! Increase the protein content of this smoothie bowl by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I suggest using a vanilla flavor for this smoothie bowl recipe.

What if I don’t have cashews?

No cashews? No problem! Replace cashews with 2 tablespoons of cashew butter or use your favorite nut butter.

Can I make this smoothie bowl banana free?

Without a doubt you can! Add an extra 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower to make it a banana free smoothie bowl.

Can I make this smoothie bowl in advance?

I do not recommend making this Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl in advance. Nonetheless, you can certainly prep all the ingredients, the night before, by adding them to a zip lock bag. Thus, in the morning, all you need to do is add the ingredients, along with non-dairy milk, to your blender.

White bowl filled a cashew smoothie, comprised of medjool dates, banana, frozen cauliflower rice, cashews, flaxseeds, and non-dairy milk, blended together. Topped with coconut cashew granola, chopped medjool dates, and coconut flakes. Sitting on a white marble counter and has a spoon in it.

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White bowl filled a cashew smoothie, comprised of medjool dates, banana, frozen cauliflower rice, cashews, flaxseeds, and non-dairy milk, blended together. Topped with coconut cashew granola, chopped medjool dates, and coconut flakes. Sitting on a white marble counter.

Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Christin Gillespie
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 bowl 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Creamy Cashew Smoothie Bowl tastes like ice cream, but is healthy enough for breakfast. A smoothie bowl recipe that only takes minutes to make, is loaded with nutritious ingredients, and is topped off with your favorites. Plus, this easy and sweet breakfast treat is vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup cashews, unroasted and unsalted
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk

Optional toppings


Instructions



Notes

  • Use frozen fruit and frozen cauliflower to achieve a thick consistency.
  • Start off by only adding 1/3 cup of non-dairy milk and only add more if needed.
  • Use a high-speed blender, with a tamper, to ensure that your smoothie bowl achieves a thick and creamy texture.
  • Place your serving bowl in the freezer before you begin preparing this recipe and remove it when smoothie is ready. This will ensure that your smoothie bowl stays cold as you enjoy it.
  • Make sure your cashews are unrosted and unsalted.
  • Flaxseeds are optional and can be replaced with chia seeds.
  • Make it banana free by adding an extra 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 358kcal
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 66mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 10g

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