Sometimes, you just need some chocolate. If you’re like me, the cravings set in about once every two days.
I had grand plans to make this chocolate hazelnut smoothie bowl last Friday as a treat to myself for making it through the week. But then, I realized that I was out of bananas. So I saved it for Saturday morning.
It was a great start to my day. Chocolate and banana is always a winning combo, and the hazelnuts add some crunch and depth of flavor. Picture a nutella banana crepe, but healthier, and you’ll land somewhere close to this smoothie bowl.
If you want, you can add some chopped dark chocolate on top instead of cacao nibs. It would probably only help, not hurt, the deliciousness factor.
Side note: I watched a really good movie this weekend called Attila Marcel. If you’re into French films, I would definitely check it out. A girl who came into the bakery recommended it to me. It’s about a mute pianist who lives with his aunts and finds his way in the world with the help of an eccentric neighbor. Chouquettes and madeleines, two of my favorite French pastries, feature heavily.
Here’s the song that the movie got its name from. If you watch the film you’ll see how it comes into play.
Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl (slightly adapted from My Darling Vegan)
2 frozen bananas
¼ cup hazelnuts, soaked 30 minutes
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
¾ cup almond milk
3-4 large medjool dates, pitted
toppings: 1 small banana, 2 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped, 1 tbsp cacao nibs, 1 tbsp hemp seeds
Blend together all the smoothie ingredients until smooth. Pour into a bowl and add toppings. Enjoy!