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Creamy goodness and crunchy toppings: the latest cult breakfast trend is a smoothie bowl

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha
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Forget avocado toast. The latest cult breakfast trend satiating the appetites of food lovers is a smoothie bowl.

You might be wondering, 'Why not just drink it from a glass?' But oh no, the smoothie bowl is so much more than a quick chug while running out the door. 

It's the perfect combination of a crunchy toppings and creamy liquid, much like a dessert sundae. It sounds indulgent, but these breakfast bowls are exceptionally healthy. Lifestyle bloggers use raw cacao in place of chocolate, granola instead of cake bits and a mix of seeds to complement nuts. 

And not only does it taste good, but it also looks good. The breakfast item is currently taking Instagram by storm with over 200,000 of the bright, colourful and moreish bowls posted in recent weeks. Each one is meticulously decorated, where toppings are used to make psychedelic patterns, stripes and other designs.

Here are 10 exciting smoothie bowl recipes to get behind. Breakfast is about to get a lot more delicious...

Chocolate, hazelnut and banana

Smoothie banana chocolate

Smoothie ingredients:
Chocolate protein powder
Raw cacao
Toasted hazelnuts
Bananas
Unsweetened almond milk or water
Teaspoon sea salt

Top with:
Sliced bananas
Crushed hazelnuts
Sea salt
Cacao nibs
Hemp seeds

Follow the recipe at withfoodandlove.com.

Apple, banana and avocado

Smoothie

Smoothie recipe:
Banana
Kiwi
Spinach
Wheatgrass
Yoghurt 

Top it with: 
Banana
Strawberries
Blueberries
Hemp seeds
Cacao nibs
Coconut
Bee pollen

Follow the recipe at blueberryboost.com.

Almond, cashew, date and blackberry

almond/cashew/date/blackberry

Smoothie ingredients: 
Almond
Cashew
Date
Backberry

Topped with:
Figs
Puffed millet
Caramelised walnuts
Dehydrated almonds/blueberries.

Recipe from: instagram.com/medusia

Apples, cucumber, celery, spinach

apples, cucumber, celery, spinach

Smoothie ingredients: 
Orchard apples
Cucumber
Celery
Spinach
Lemon
Ginger
Avocado

Top with:
Berries
Pumpkin seeds
Bee pollen
Puffed oats

Recipe from: instagram.com/monicashaw

Raspberry and peach 

Raspberry peach

Smoothie ingredients:
Frozen mangoes or peaches
Water
Frozen raspberries
Coconut milk
Chia seeds
Flaxmeal
Honey
Salt

Top with:
Mixed berries
Granola
Nuts
Coconut
Cream 

Follow the recipe at pinchofyum.com.

Strawberries, pears and bananas

strawberries, prickly pears and bananas

Smoothie ingredients:
Strawberries
Prickly pears (available in selected supermarkets in summer)
Bananas

Top with: 
Figs
Kiwis
Blueberries
Granola
Coconut flakes

Recipe from: instagram.com/schickpeas

Cherry and banana 

Cherry banana

Smoothie ingredients:
Cherry
Banana
Milk

Top with:
Banana slices
Strawberries
Blueberries

Recipe from: Instagram.com/annamaria_kratschmer

Banana, peach and spinach

Peach, spinach, banana

Smoothie ingredients:
Banana
Peach
Spirulina
Protein powder

Top with:
Kiwi berries
Coconut flakes
Seeds of choice

Recipe from: Instagram/healthyhappysweet

Quinoa, coffee and cinammon

QUINOA-COFFEE

Smoothie ingredients:
A coffee shot or instant coffee powder
Banana
Almond or soy milk
Cinnamon
Quinoa flakes
Stevia sugar
Vanilla protein powder

Top with:
Cinnamon coconut chips
Apple chips
Apple cut into small chunks
Pear cut into small chunks
Amaranth puffs

Follow the recipe at eatbetternotless.com.

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Smoothie recipes:
Dragon fruit puree
Bananas
Frozen berries
Amond milk, 
Vegetable protein powder (such as hemp, pea or your favorite nut butter)

Top with:
Pollen
Goji berries
Hemp hearts

Follow the recipe at golubkakitchen.com.

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha

Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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