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Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

These little pots are layered with a base of cherry jam then a layer of cinnamon cherry bakewell nicecream and topped with a delicious crumble.

Fresh or frozen cherries would work well for the smoothie and the jam. The juices from the frozen cherries will melt down as you heat them to make the jam and will incorporate well.

The jam is only a matter of ingredients that take little time to come together. Cinnamon and lemon help to elevate the flavors and keep it tart to balance the sweetness of the nicecream.

The crumble is based off the topping in my apple pie overnight oats recipe, but if you’re really feeling indulgent you can use a basic crumble recipe (flour/oats, butter, sugar).

These would be great to prepare ahead of time for a get-together or serve for dessert! You could store them in the freezer after prepping if you are going to eat them within a few hours. Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits and they make smoothies and desserts that much better. Enjoy!

Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

July 13, 2019
: 2
: 20 min
: 10 min
: 30 min
: Easy


  • For the jam:
  • 2 cups sweet frozen or fresh (with pits removed, if fresh) cherries
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • For cherry bakewell smoothie:
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries
  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • For the crumble:
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2-3 tbsp oats
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, room temp.
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • Step 1 Rinse the sweet cherries.
  • Step 2 Pit the cherries, using a cherry pitter or a knife.
  • Step 3 Place the pitted cherries in a pot and cook over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, until they soften.
  • Step 4 Use a potato masher to mash the cooked cherries.
  • Step 5 Allow to cool in the fridge while you prepare the smoothie.
  • Step 6 Rinse and pit cherries if you’re using fresh cherries.
  • Step 7 Combine all in a blender, adding more liquid as needed.
  • Step 8 Combine all ingredients for the crumble, covering dry ingredients well with coconut oil.
  • Step 9 Microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  • Step 10 Let rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to harden.
Maple Chia Pudding

Maple Chia Pudding

On hot summer mornings, you don’t always want dense, warm porridge or even your go-to overnight oats. Some days you just want all of the fruit because the heat and humidity is too much. This chia pudding will do the trick and provide plenty of protein and nutrients to kickstart the day.

This recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients and it could be made the night before or day of! Other than the toppings–which we will get to–the pudding can be elevated by blending after soaking. This creates a creamier texture which I have found to be a game changer.

Let’s talk non-dairy milk choices. Really, any of them work well especially the longer you soak and if you decide to blend. However, I have found it to be creamier if you use a higher fat milk like coconut milk. My go-to is usually soy milk because it is so versatile but really it is up to you.

Chia seeds are truly a powerhouse. Here’s a few facts:

A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
  • They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.

Almond butter and maple syrup pair so well together for this dish. The maple notes highlight the nuttiness of the almonds making it oh-so-satisfying.

Would it be chia pudding if you didn’t put granola on top? Chia pudding always calls for toppings. Almond butter, coconut yogurt, bananas, and granola are just some of my favorites. I’ve recently discovered a coconut-based granola from whole foods that honestly works so well for this. It has maple and caramel hints that make you want to pour just a little bit more on for those last few bites. What are you go-to toppings for chia pudding or smoothie bowls? Enjoy!

Chia Pudding

June 25, 2019
: 1
: Easy


  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (soy or coconut milk works best)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • Step 1 Combine all together in a bowl or jar
  • Step 2 Whisk or shake together
  • Step 3 Let rest for up to 8hrs, if you’re in a rush 10-15mins works just as well
  • Step 4 Blend if desired
  • Step 5 Serve with your favorite toppings