Protein-packed Chocolate Smoothie Bowl With Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan)

Protein-packed Chocolate Smoothie Bowl With Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan)

This chocolate smoothie bowl is the definition of ‘dessert for breakfast’, vegan, and simple to put together – no baking or cooking required! Oh, and when paired with the irresistibly chewy and flavourful coconut balls, it’s one of the tastiest ways to increase your intake of plantbased protein.

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Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie With Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - Vegan Recipe

Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie With Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - Vegan Recipe

You can quite often find me in the kitchen experimenting with new smoothie bowl recipes. From banana ice cream to frozen cauliflower as a base and colourful superfoods, one can easily put together something new every day. And as long as you don’t go overboard with any of the ingredients (I’ve had a few spinach-y disasters in the past), it’s quite hard to go wrong in terms of taste. No wonder everyone on Instagram seems to love them. Throw a few ingredients into a blender, and you’ve got yourself a hydrating, nourishing breakfast.

However, the one thing I struggle with is that fruit and veg-only smoothies don’t keep me full for very long. No matter the portion size, my stomach starts rumbling again within two hours. My go-to solution that doesn’t take the option of enjoying a bowl of fruity goodness of the table is ‘buffing up’ my smoothies with healthy fats and/or a source of protein (a few tablespoons of oats works like magic too). As far as the former is concerned, I love adding avocado to green smoothies, cashews to banana icecream and nut butters to pretty much anything. Protein powders are great for extra flavour and helping my muscles grow/recover at the same time.

Of course, tofu is a go-to plantbased protein source for many, but I don’t blame you if you don’t automatically think to blend it up with some fruit. I’ve seen people do it a few times, and was quite sceptical at first. Now that I’ve given it a go, however, I’m never going back. Overnight, it’s become a staple smoothie bowl ingredient for me. The trick is to use silken tofu. It doesn’t taste like anything, but adds a luxuriously silky texture, mixing well with the other ingredients. I tried the recipe with firm tofu too, and while it doesn’t interfere with the taste, the result proved a bit too dense for my liking.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe - Vegan

Now, let’s discuss the cookie dough balls. Amazing things can be achieved using a can of chickpeas. Hummus is obvious. Cookie dough is on the subtler side, but with a few extra ingredients, beans turn into dense, moreish bites of deliciousness. Of course, you can make and eat them by themselves, storing them in the fridge for an energising snack (in fact, I’d recommend leaving them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes anyway for optimal results). But when eaten together with the smoothie bowl, they bring an extra ounce of deliciousness and take a pretty standard breakfast to the next level.

Vegan Chickpea Cookie Dough Energy Balls

I added protein powder for a hint of extra flavour. It’s optional, as the chickpeas contain a lot of protein in themselves and you can adjust the amount of agave used if you want it sweeter. And although the coconut and almond butter I used is highly recommended (I could seriously eat this stuff by the spoonful, but using it for recipe development seems like the sensible option), feel free to swap it for any nut/seed butter of your choice.

Eat this straight away, ideally as breakfast or a post-workout meal – although, pudding for dinner is never out of question! Alternatively, do your preparation in the evening, store in the fridge, and jump out of bed the next morning, knowing you have chocolate waiting for you.

My protein powder:

Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie With Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - Vegan Recipe

Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie With Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - Vegan Recipe

Let me know in the comments: are you a fan of smoothie bowls? If so, what’s your favourite flavour?

Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie With Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - Vegan Recipe
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Protein Packed Chocolate Smoothie Bowl With Cookie Dough Bites

Vegan and nutritious, this chocolate smoothie bowl is perfect when eaten as dessert for breakfast or as a high protein post-workout snack. The cookie dough bites are chewy, subtly sweet and require minimal ingredients. Have them together with the smoothie bowl, or enjoy separately as a quick boost of energy. No baking or cooking required. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword Healthy, Plantbased, Protein, Smoothie, Vegan Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

For the smoothie bowl

  • 1 large banana
  • 185 g silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp soy yoghurt

For the cookie dough balls

  • 1 can canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp coconut and almond butter can be replaced with any nut or seed butter of your choice
  • 1.5-2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder optional
  • 20 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk
  • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut

Instructions

  1. To make the smoothie, simply blend together the ingredients in a blender or food processor until thoroughly combined

  2. Similarly, to make the cookie dough balls, blend together the ingredients except for the coconut, slowly adding the almond milk until a dough-like texture is formed. Taste and add more agave nectar if you want it sweeter. Roll into 7-8 balls (around 3 cm in diameter) and coat in the desiccated coconut. Leave in the fridge for 15-20+ minutes for optimal results. 

  3. Wonderful when enjoyed together, but can be eaten separately! 

Recipe Notes

To minimise cooking time, I didn't see it as necessary to bake the cookie dough balls. However, if you want them to be slightly crunchy on the outside, throw them into a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 5-10 minutes.

Protein-packed chocolate smoothie bowl with no-bake cookie dough bites - healthy vegan recipe

Protein-packed Chocolate Smoothie Bowl With Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan)
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10 Comments

  1. June 26, 2018 / 9:33 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • earthofmaria
      Author
      June 26, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Hope you like it if you give it a go! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

  2. June 26, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I admit, I’m not the biggest fan of smoothie bowls. Looking at this however, and my mouth started to water! It looks so tasty and the cookie dough bites on top…THIS is what I need for breakfast! My family use to be so put off by the idea of tofu. They have since come around to love it. I think it really depends on what you do with it, that determines how tasty it is. I can see how it would work well with fruit. Perfect recipe girl!

    • earthofmaria
      Author
      June 26, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Haha I guess it’s all about finding the right bowl for us :’) so glad you like it! I think tofu has a bad reputation because sure, it’s kinda bland when eaten by itself, but can taste incredible when prepared correctly (and here, the blandness kinda helps because it adds texture without taste). Hope you’re having an incredible week! Xx

  3. June 27, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Beautiful photos dear. I’ll have to try this recipe, it sounds and looks incredible. You should really make a cook book one day, I would totally buy it. xx

    • earthofmaria
      Author
      June 28, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      You should definitely give it a go – it’s so easy to make and delicious 🙂 and thank you for your kind words – that really means a lot to me! Xx

  4. June 27, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Woooow, these look amazing !! Honestly Maria I need you to come and be my personal chef hahaha, how are you so good at everything!! I’ve also never tried a smoothie bowl before but would love to, they always look so yummy! xx

    • earthofmaria
      Author
      June 28, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      You are too kind Chloe! I definitely have a lot to learn hahah, but this comment put a smile on my face :). Smoothie bowls are one of my go-to simple meals/snacks, so I would recommend 100%! Xx

  5. June 28, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I saw cookie dough bites and was like YES let me read this blog post, great post thanks for sharing 🙂

    • earthofmaria
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Haha cookie dough is too yummy to resist :’) thank you for reading!

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