Black Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Bliss Bites

16 Feb 2016

My breakfast bowl today may have been as icy as the weather, but the flavors were that of summer and I could almost trick myself into thinking this weather is almost over. I will admit, this latest snow is starting to make me feel a little cabin feverish. I decided for this bowl to bastardize two food trends and it turned out to be magic; smoothie bowls and bliss balls! It's kind of like the first time you try the Wendy's frosty/french frie combo - you're not really sure what's going to happen, but there may very likely be induced vomit. But alas, this combo is a good one. For the record though, whoever came up with the name "bliss balls" is either a pervert or not very creative.

I became aware of them when John and I attempted the Paleo diet a few years ago. They are essentially one of those healthy snacks that are supposed to make you feel like you are having dessert, but not because they are relatively good for you. And when you're on the Paleo diet, anything not sweet potato feels like bliss. I think I boycotted them at first, solely based on the name and the fact that the entire SNL Schweddy balls skit would start to play in my head (as should occur with any good American). Can we just call them "bliss bites", so much better in my opinion?

Anyway, I am really enjoying the creativity involved in these breakfast bowls, the smoothie bowls are especially fun and I can't wait to do these more in the summer because they are rather refreshing. The combos are pretty formulaic; very thick smoothie (ice cream consistency) then some mix of fruits, then super food type nuts/grains/seeds, and now I'm adding the balls - because they are so tender (sorry I had to add one Schweddy reference). I made a lemon coconut (which are my favorite on their own) and a chocolate version, which was especially good with the black cherry flavor.

Black Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Bliss Bites

Recipe for Black Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Bliss Bites

Black Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Bliss Bites

Prep time: - Cook time: - Total time:
Yield: 1S


For the smoothie...
- 1.5 cup frozen black cherries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- splash of almond milk

For the Chocolate Bliss Bites (Makes about 12 balls)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
- 2 T cacao powder
- 1 T water
- dash of salt
- Put all ingredients in a food processor, blend, then form into balls
- Can roll in cacao powder if desired

For the Coconut-Lemon Bliss Bites (Makes about 15 balls)
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
- zest and juice of one lemon
- 3 T maple syrup
- 2 T coconut oil
- vanilla bean (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a food processor, blend, then form into balls
- Can roll in shredded coconut if desired

For topping...
- 1/2 - 1 cup frozen black cherries
- grains/seeds/nuts of choice
- 2-3 bliss bites
- honey for drizzle


Prepare bliss bites ahead of time.

Blend smoothie base when all ingredients are ready and remember it must be on the thicker side.

Top smoothie base with frozen black cherries, bliss bites, and desired nuts and grains. I used cacao nibs, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, puffed grains (Kashi), and drizzled with honey.

Depending on your normal morning breakfast, the bliss bites are very versatile and you can add in whatever ingredients your diet may require, for instance chocolate protein powder could be substituted for the cacao powder.





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