Vegan keto diets can be very restrictive when it comes to avoiding the types of foods that will kick you out of ketosis. Banana is a ‘no-go’ for keto. So, how do you make a banana free smoothie bowl? The secret is in cauliflower. Yes, you read that right. Cauliflower!
What does cauliflower bring to the table? Apart from being high in glucosinolates, flavonoids and phytonutrients carotenoids it is also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. One thing that might pique your interest is the natural presence of indole-3-carbinol in cauliflower, and the effects it is believed top have on the body.
This is another recipe we will add Irish Moss Seaweed to so we can get that nutrient dense hit. Combining this with a few raspberries on top; not too many so we don’t overdo the natural sugars and lose our state of ketosis. These add pops of flavor that you won’t forget.
Getting the Banana Free Smoothie Bowl right texture
Here are a few pro tips before you get started that will help to get that authentic smoothie texture. First up, use frozen cauliflower florets which you have lightly steamed before freezing. This is the best way to mimic the creamy texture of the banana and keep that smoothie bowl as close to the type you know and love.
The key thing here is to avoid overheating the cauliflower to preserve as much of the essential compounds mentioned above.
Where possible, organic or home-grown produce is my preference. The bonus with home-grown is the freshness and the low cost. It is typically easier to grow cauliflower compared to banana. This helps to reduce the challenges when making a banana free smoothie bowl.
Adding almond butter, coconut cream, avocado and Sea Moss Gel will help to enhance the smooth and creamy finish you’re looking for in any smoothie bowl. Keep in mind that adding avocado and Sea Moss Gel with increase the thickness (viscosity) of the mix. Use water or coconut water to thin this back down if it’s too thick for your liking. Either way, this is a lot easier on the digestive system than rougher foods like breads, dairy and meats.
Preparation – 20 minutes
- 1/2 a cup of cauliflower (steamed and frozen as mentioned above)
- 1 cup of frozen baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 a cup of frozen courgettes (a.k.a. zucchini)
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1/4 of a cup of chilled almond milk
- 1/4 of a cup of coconut cream
- 1/4 of a cup of filtered water
- 4 tablespoons of Sea Moss Gel
- 3 tablespoons of cashew butter
- 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
Optional toppings may include:
- Blueberries (max of 6 berries)
- Raspberries (max of 6 berries)
- Shredded coconut
- Slivered almonds
- Flax seed
You will also need
- A sharp knife
- A chopping board
- A high powered blender
- A spatula
- Cut the cauliflower into manageable florets for your blender.
- Lightly steam the cauliflower and then freeze overnight.
- Add all of the ingredients not required for topping to your blender and mix through until thoroughly blended, or to your preferred consistency. Pro tip: use a silicone spiritual to scrape down the walls of the blender and ensure all ingredients are mixed through – do this when the blender is turned off.
- Pour blended smoothie into a bowl and top with your preferred toppings.
The toppings listed here are keto friendly. With the berries make sure not to overdo it. Too many will kick you out of ketosis, which is the reason why you want to choose a banana free smoothie bowl in the first place. For other toppings, look for the lowest carbs possible, and avoid too many sugars. Stevia is OK as a sweetener if you feel that this needs some sweetening up.