The definition of rapture is a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
This smoothie bowl is rapturous visually and …when you eat it! Synonyms include:
Yes, that’s what this smoothie bowl promises.
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That’s what this smoothie bowl delivered to me. So I named it right then and there.
I want to tell you the surprising flavor feature in this bowl. It’s optional. But it’s amazing. It’s decaf. coffee grounds, and yes, you can use herbal coffee grounds, too. Did you know that they’re edible? And that they have a great texture? They do. We should be doing this. When I asked my boys, ages 12 and 7, what their favorite smoothie bowl bite was and suggested the pomegranate or the raspberry, they both shook their heads, even my son who loves herbal tea. Both of them, their favorite bite? Coffee grounds + granola.
And that was my favorite bite too. SO good. Such a cool texture. And the flavor is incredible.
Here’s the grain-free granola recipe, btw. It’s perfect. If you aren’t already making this Paleo/GAPS crunchy, crumbly goodness, I need to humbly suggest that you begin. It is FUN food. It is SO good.
Another exciting topping on this smoothie bowl? Hibiscus! YES, it’s great! You’ll see here how I used it as a donut topping and here how I used it in Raw Energy Balls (cookies). Just like coffee, you don’t have to steep it first to enjoy it’s essence. It’s super fruity and super lemony and super high in Vitamin C as well as lots of other nutrients. Have some hibiscus on your smoothie bowl by quickly whizzing it in your coffee grinder until it’s powdered. Now you can play with the pretty stuff, making art on top of your smoothie bowl and eating the tart goodness.
Pomegranates! Their juicy seeds are used here as the defining topping. They’re the garnet-like smoothie ornament that sparkles and tells us all… it’s fall and soon to be winter! These juicy fruits of now are bright and beautiful against the changing landscape. Fall means: persimmons on their way, red pears, pomegranates, cranberries… Let’s buy these beauties when we see them at the market. It’s that time of year, and don’t you love celebrating the seasons with the changing foods?
Historically symbols of prosperity, ambition and fertility, pomegranates are high in fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants. They offer anti-viral properties, great timing for when we’re getting less sunlight and our immune systems are more challenged.
Ruby red frozen raspberries are perfect, too, will all the flavors of this bowl, and they’re one of the best fruits to buy frozen. They defrost quickly, and they’re…beautiful.
Lastly? One final feature of this recipe is its ratio. If you’d like to make various kinds of smoothie bowls this recipe gives you the right ratio of frozen fruit to your choice of milk/fresh juice/honey water. Having it be thick is what allows the decorative toppings to sit on top. And it’s what allows you to eat it with a spoon, like a bowl of healthy ice cream (hee, hee). If you have a Vitamix you’ll like the tamper tool that comes with it, allowing you easy blending with thick contents. If you have the Blendtec, they have a new Twister Jar, for the same purpose. (Otherwise, you may need to start and stop occasionally to keep the contents moving and the air bubbles by the blades popped.)