I’ve made many smoothie bowls in my day, but I’ve never put a smoothie bowl into a melon. All that changed earlier this week.
I scooped out cantaloupe to make this cantaloupe, blackberry, and basil salad and then I stared at what remained. It seemed like a waste to throw it out so I wrapped it up and then filled it up with a peach cantaloupe smoothie the next morning.
My favorite part about this smoothie bowl is that there’s something left at the bottom when you’re done with the smoothie. I guess you could have a stray blueberry or piece of granola at the bottom of a typical smoothie bowl but odds are, you’ve eaten those already. Once you get to the bottom of this smoothie bowl, there’s still a little cantaloupe that you can scoop out with your spoon.
I topped my smoothie bowl with banana, chia seeds, granola, coconut, and blueberries, but feel free to get creative. I bet almonds, goji berries, and cacao nibs would also be delicious.
Also, a word to wise about making a cantaloupe smoothie bowl: You want the melon to be very steady, i.e., you don’t want it to tip over while you’re pouring the smoothie in. My melon was pretty balanced so I took a risk and poured the smoothie in, but if things are already looking dicey, you can try this trick. Take a sharp knife and slice a thin layer off the bottom of the melon. Make sure you don’t take too much off though because then there will be a hole.
Here’s a song to start you on your peach cantaloupe smoothie bowl journey. Anna St. Louis is from Kansas City but her last name is St. Louis. It’s very confusing to a Midwesterner like me.
Peach Cantaloupe Smoothie Bowl
1 medium-sized cantaloupe, cut in half, seeds removed, and flesh scooped out
1 banana, halved
1 peach, pit removed and cut into pieces
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
blueberries, banana slices, shredded coconut, granola, and chia seeds for topping
Blend the flesh of one cantaloupe half with half a banana, peach, pineapple, almond milk, and Greek yogurt. Pour into the other cantaloupe half and top with blueberries, banana slices, shredded coconut, granola, and chia seeds. Enjoy!