HEALTHY STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE SMOOTHIE BOWL
This strawberry cheesecake smoothie bowl is a delicious healthy no sugar dessert that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo. And if you don’t like bananas – you’ll love this, because it doesn’t have any. All you need is 5 everyday ingredients and a hand blender or a high-speed blender.
This recipe is so delicious and incredibly simple, I just know you’ll love it. If you love strawberries that is.
And if you’re looking for a quick little healthy dessert recipe without any sugar, dried fruit or banana in it, then this is absolutely for you.
Since I made this 2 weeks ago, I just can’t stop thinking of it and making all kinds of versions of it. Sweet delicious strawberry daydreams.
This strawberry cheesecake smoothie bowl is kinda like a soft-serve ice cream, but not the banana type where you just freeze bananas, put them in a blender and pretend they don’t smell like bananas (<- 1. why would you make a recipe with banana if you don’t want it to smell like a banana? 2. it’s a lie 3. I did that last year and almost threw up).
Now, unlike the banana “nice-cream”-fans, I won’t pretend this doesn’t smell like strawberries. It does. And that’s awesome, because that’s exactly what I wanted.
A healthy version of a strawberry cheesecake in a bowl. A smoothie bowl.
Plus this is just in time for strawberry season. And because it’s also asparagus season – next stop, asparagus smoothie bowl. Mmmmh. These ideas just keep on flowing.
You can have this for breakfast as well, if it’s not too cold for you. My personal preference for breakfast is something that would be warmer, but I love this in the afternoon or whenever I crave a little dessert.
There are just 3 main ingredients in this smoothie bowl:
frozen strawberries (raspberries might work as well)
Additionally I suggest you top with some flaxseeds and a walnut to make the smoothie bowl pretty, oh so pretty, and more anti-inflammatory, oh so anti-inflammatory.
All the main ingredients are sweet, and sweet enough, but not in an overwhelming way like a banana for example. Btw. I don’t know why I’m hating on bananas so much lately, sorry, I like them. They’re are a great source of potassium and fiber and are real sweethearts. Just not in a nice cream form for me.
Now, if you’re having this as a dessert in addition to another meal – share with someone else. That’s what I did anyway. If you’re having this as a meal on its own – then have the whole thing. The whole recipe has 440 kcal, so it works either way – more information below.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
According to this source, this recipe is a very good source of collagen-boosting vitamin C and has a good amount of iron, magnesium and zinc (not bad for a dessert, huh?). It’s also a great dessert recipe if you’re trying to eat healthier and to lose some weight in a healthy, sustainable way.
Strawberries are a rich source of antioxidants (1) and contain a good mixture of polyphenols that are shown to prevent a number of diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer and to improve cardiovascular health (2). They also have anti-inflammatory properties (3) and cashews can decrease total and LDL (the bad one) cholesterol. (4)
And orange? Well this delicious fruit (one of my personal favorites) is rich in vitamin C and contains a great mixture of phytochemicals – among others carotenoids. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants and in terms of beauty are important to keep your skin healthy as they can protect against UV damage (5) and can in fact improve the color of your skin (6) (<- if you’re as pale as me after winter, you know how awesome this fact is).
Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Category: dessert / breakfast
An easy, delicious and super-healthy dessert recipe. This strawberry cheesecake smoothie bowl is just for you if you’re craving something sweet even though you’re eating healthy and are sick of banana-based desserts. This recipe has a low glycemic load, is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.
1cup straberries, frozen, unsweetened
1/3 cup cashews, preferably soaked overnight
1 tbsp flax seeds
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You’ll need a hand blender for this recipe, but a good high-speed blender would probably do just as well if you have one.
If you can, soak the cashews overnight or for 2-3 hours. This makes them softer helps blend better.
Blend the cashews with the juice of one orange until very smooth.
Add the frozen berries in and blend until smooth – the consistency should resemble soft serve ice cream, thick and creamy, but not super liquid.
Serve in a bowl if you’re eating this as a meal or into 2 small dessert jars if you want to serve this as a dessert with your lunch, dinner or even as a snack.
Top with 1 tbps flax seeds, chopped walnut (both of these important to keep the omega-6/omega-3 ratio optimal) and strawberry slices. Enjoy!
1/2 recipe with toppings has (calculated here, assuming you’re on a 2000kcal diet):
Energy: 220kcal, 11%
Total Carbohydrate 21.1g, 7% | Dietary Fiber 4.0g, 16% | Total Fat 14.2g, 22% | Protein 6.3g, 13%
Vitamin C 52.4mg, 87% | Magnesium 108mg, 27% | Potassium 409mg, 12%
Iron 2.6mg, 15% | Zinc 1.8mg, 12% | Selenium 6.9mcg, 10%
omega 6/omega 3 ratio = 2.1:1
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions and if you make it, let me know how it goes + if you want, hashtag your pictures on Instagram with #beautybites, I’d love to see them!