Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Flying back from warm and sunny Huntington Beach, California to this cold Edmonton weather has me missing summer and scrumptious smoothie bowls.

I'm slightly obsessed with smoothie bowls. Not only are they delicious, they are a creative outlet. I mean, look at how much fun you can have designing the top. It's a smoothie bowl piece of art!

Since cherry-picking season signals the beginning of summer and I was able to find some frozen dark cherries in my local grocery store, I created a dark cherry smoothie bowl this morning. As I approached the checkout to pay, there were these colourful tulips. I just couldn't resist!

Cherries are loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that fight disease, as well as vitamin C and fiber. They're also a natural food source of melatonin, which can help improve your sleep. So good! Cherries are fairly high in natural sugar. So as is the case, with all smoothie bowl recipes, I wouldn't recommend eating them every day. But for a once a week smoothie bowl splurge, this recipe is simply divine!

This dark cherry smoothie bowl is topped with cherries, coconut flakes, almond slices and raw cacao nibs (another superfood) for a sweet, crunchy breakfast. But feel free to get creative with whatever toppings you have on hand.

Simply add 2 cups of frozen pitted cherries with 1 banana and 3/4 cup of coconut water to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie mixture into two bowls and evenly divide your favorite toppings between the two servings.