Does chowing down on the typical, summery, tropical fruit smoothie bowl in winter sound not so appealing? Try this comforting cardamom pear smoothie bowl instead! A creamy vegan smoothie bowl recipe with all of the convenience you love, plus some seasonal winter flare.
In-season produce is always the freshest, most flavorful, and cheapest. In the same way that we can optimize our grocery shopping with seasonal produce, you can upgrade your fruit smoothie bowl breakfast to match the season, too!
For the base of this pear smoothie bowl recipe, I’m using
one of my favorite winter fruits—a Bartlett pear. It’s got a
naturally sweet, delicious flavor and creamy, buttery texture that I love! And,
it PEARS perfectly with comforting holiday spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and
nutmeg. (Heh heh, see what I did there?)
Finally, to make this creamy smoothie bowl ultra comforting, I’ll show you how to make a smoothie bowl THICK and luscious, with the right ingredients… Serve it in a bowl with your favorite smoothie bowl toppings and DEVOUR. The ultimate easy holiday breakfast bowl that’s delicious eaten cold, or you can even heat it up and enjoy as a warm breakfast porridge!
Often, my go-to recommendation to thicken a smoothie is
incorporating a frozen banana—it adds natural sweetness, and some
crave-able creaminess! But, I’ve had so many requests for NO banana
smoothies that I decided to keep this smoothie bowl banana free too.
Pears are also nice and creamy, but I’ve got some pro tips
for how to make a smoothie bowl thick as possible:
Blend Rolled Oats into a Flour
Rolled oats can be a great addition to any smoothie for thickness, added nutrition, and satiating complex carbs. But, for the purposes of a thick and creamy smoothie bowl, don’t just add some oats into the recipe. Start by blending up your oats into a flour—before adding any other ingredients.
The blender is a great tool to make homemade oat flour anytime, but taking this extra first step with your smoothie bowl will add some serious thickness and creaminess! Oat flour is nice and fluffy, and it’ll thicken up as it absorbs liquid from the rest of your ingredients.
So, the first step for this pear smoothie bowl recipe is
to add just oats into your blender and pulverize them into a flour. Then,
no need to clean out the blender—just continue with the rest of your smoothie
Use Full-Fat Coconut Cream, Not Just Coconut Milk
Coconut cream is the thicker, fat-rich, luscious cousin of coconut milk. Not only does it fill your vegan smoothie bowl with some satiating superfood nutrients, but it’s also an all-star plant-based thickener! Since it’s denser and richer in dietary fat, coconut cream has a very rich and creamy texture.
I recommend making this cardamom pear smoothie bowl with
full-fat canned coconut cream. Because, in terms of how to make a
smoothie bowl thick as possible, there’s a simple coconut cream trick. (Full
disclosure: I’ve found that this works for some brands of coconut cream,
but not all.)
Place a can of coconut cream upside down in the fridge for
an hour or two. Then, carefully remove the can—don’t shake it—and flip it over
to open it. This will help cream to separate from the liquid, so you can
scoop out that thick, luscious cream and add THAT into your blender!
Pear Smoothie Bowl Ingredients & Substitutions
As with any of my recipes, feel free to customize these pear
smoothie bowl ingredients and flavorings however you like! Here are the
ingredients I used to make this winter smoothie bowl lusciously thick and with
some seasonal flare:
Rolled Oats – or quick oats, or omit for a sippable pear smoothie rather than thick smoothie bowl.
Bartlett Pear – or any variety you like, or swap for another fruit entirely like a banana, apple, or even peeled kiwi!
Coconut Cream – or full-fat coconut milk, or any milk you like if you’re making this as a regular pear smoothie for sipping.
Almond Butter – any nut butter will do, or sunflower seed butter to keep your vegan smoothie bowl nut free.
Flavorings & Seasonings – cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg are just some tasty seasonal flavorings. You could also try just a tad of allspice or cloves, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice if you have it!
Optional Sweetener – I think this pear smoothie bowl recipe is perfectly sweet naturally, but you’re welcome to add maple syrup or any sweetener of choice.
Winter Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Once your pear smoothie bowl ingredients are all blended,
pour into a bowl to serve! Then, you can heat it up for a porridge-like
breakfast, or enjoy it cold. Last but not least, layer on your favorite
smoothie bowl toppings!
Personally, the appeal of a smoothie bowl is enjoying a
quick and convenient blend-able breakfast that I still get to sit down and eat
with a spoon. (And, there’s some science that suggests our brains register eating
a meal differently than sipping on a meal in smoothie form.) So, for me,
smoothie bowl toppings are a must!
I like to top this pear smoothie bowl with some slices of
fresh pear, shredded coconut, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.
Simple additions with seasonal flare, plus some crunchy, chewy, fun textures
that make this easy breakfast oh-so-satisfying. There are no limits or rules
here—fresh or dried fruit, nuts and seeds—use as many or few toppings as you like!