Monday, 14 May 2018

My DIY Smoothie Bowl


Remember when I attempted a smoothie bowl back in 2016? Yup, that was a disaster because my blender broke down resulting in a lumpy watery smoothie.

I have since purchased a new blender that has so far been used only to make salad dressings. After eating two smoothie bowls here and here, I decided it was time for another attempt at home.


Some weeks ago I was left with three very ripe smallish bananas and I had those peeled, sliced and frozen. I used to freeze bananas to make smoothies back in the days when I used to jump rope for exercise.

Yeah, that was some 15 or more years ago when I was so slim and fit. I could jump rope non-stop for 45 minutes just like a boxer hah..hah... After my workout, I would make me a mug of banana smoothie.

Then I went into depression and lost my will to exercise. But I still consumed smoothies and due to the lack of activity, I started to pile on the weight. So I stopped making smoothies.


But now that I am back in good health and working out again, I think I can allow myself the occasional smoothie treat. So I went to Jaya Grocer and bought some blueberries and strawberries.

Ah, I want to complain. What has happened to Korean strawberries lately? They are no longer sweet. This batch that I bought (and another earlier) were sour/tasteless.  Has anyone experienced this?

Anyway, to make this smoothie, I blended the frozen bananas with some Greek yogurt, almond milk and some ice cubes. I know some of you dislike yogurt and I admit that I myself do not like plain yogurt. It is very tart and has that sour fermented smell that puts me off. 

But once blended with ripe bananas, the yogurt smell and taste is gone and in its place what you have is a thick delicious smoothie. When I first made this banana smoothie for my parents to try, my mum was hesitant.


So I got ready a tumbler of water for her just in case she found the smoothie vile tasting. Guess what? She chugged down the whole mug of smoothie and was impressed that it tasted so good.

Then she served my dad the second batch of smoothie and that also went well. All down the hatch it went! So if my yogurt fearing parents can take a yogurt banana smoothie, so can you hee..hee...

As you will notice, I sprinkled me some very fancy granola on my smoothie. That was a Dragonfruit granola, gifted to me a few months back. It has the usual granola things inside including dried dragonfruit, longan and dried pineapples. 


So that was my Sunday lunch, a very fruity and crunchy one.

Banana Yogurt Smoothie Bowl
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 3 small very ripe bananas, cut into coins and frozen 
- 1 tub of Greek yogurt (100g)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- some ice cubes

For garnishing :
- some blueberries
- some sliced strawberries
- some granola

Method :
1. Put frozen bananas, yogurt, almond milk and ice cubes into a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour smoothie into a bowl and garnish with blueberies, strawberries and granola.

32 comments:

  1. So much in your smoothies. Wow. All the goodness.

    But almond milk? Not my favourite. Maybe I can sub with normal milk.

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    1. You can use regular milk or soya bean milk. Will still turn out very nice.

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  2. Ah Hong Chee, you should start a class, I sign up for it...

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  3. Cannot cannot, I always see how colorful your bowls are makes me feel tempted, but every time I try to make myself using my cut corners way, I terus regret as the taste leaves plenty to be desired. X mau dah >.<

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    1. Aiyah...you cut corners of course lah not nice. hah..hah...

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  4. I'm not as brave as your parents to try coz apart from not liking yogurt, I also don't like almond milk or any milk for that matter...hihihi! ;) The very first time I bought Korean strawberries (after being introduced to it by you), I also found that they weren't as sweet but I'm ok with it since I like them less sweet anyway but as long as they're not tart! ;P

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    1. Not even soya bean milk? hah..hah..

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  5. Delicious! A bowl for me anytime! Good that you converted your parents! :)

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    1. I'm thinking of a more tropical theme for my next smoothie hee..hee...

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  6. My girl will probably enjoy this, minus the granola - not gluten-free. I think they have oats in it.

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  7. Love this healthy smoothies with colourful fruits. I think I'll try this as almond milk is one of my favourite :)

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  8. I bought korean strawberries before and yes they were not very sweet, kind of disappointed

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  9. Smoothie bowls win, hands-down, the favourite brekkie award from me.

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    1. It's second to overnight oats for me:)

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  10. Wahhhhh you were into smoothie for so long!

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  11. Your smoothie looks so delicious! I will enjoy this smoothie!

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  12. What a beautiful smoothie bowl! I'm not a fan of plain Greek yogurt, either, but I'd eat this!!!

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    1. Thank you! I have not been been to eat plain yogurt even after all these years.

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  13. gosh, this smoothie bowl seriously looks more delicious than 99 percent of the ones i've seen out there. you have a flair for creating beauty through food.

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    1. Thank you, I am so flattered hee..hee...

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  14. Looks so colourful and flavourful. I love it.

    Only frozen banana, greek yogurt and almond milk can make a nice and healthy smoothies like yours. Thanks for sharing Phong Hong.

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  15. Wow! Wow! Wow! I didn't know that you were so fit like a boxer once! I can say that I was so fit and handsome like Tom Cruise too.
    The Winter is just over and there are no strawberries from South Korea yet lah. Once I visited their strawberry farms during winter and all were housed sleeping inside their green houses!

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    1. LOL! I saw Korean strawberries at Jaya Grocer but perhaps these are not the best ones. bluek!

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  16. I only bought Korean strawberries once recently and they were sweet :)
    I think my blender can't blend ice, hopefully it doesn't affect the taste if I omit it.

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    1. What brand is the Korean strawberries you bought? I just bought another box today. Not nice :(

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