Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls have become my (non) guilty pleasure lately.  A sweet bowl full of delicious smoothie topped off with plenty of goodies, what more could I ask for?!  I feel like I am enjoying dessert when I am actually enjoying something full of nutrients that I need to energize/refuel.  Last weekend, I was hungry after my hard workout, and I decided to make a smoothie bowl with all of the goodness of carrot cake.  Now, I admit I had been dreaming this one up all during my workout.  What did I feel like eating...hmm, carrot cake sounded good!

I made a simple base with just carrots, bananas, some protein powder and the spices I always add to my carrot cake and it was delicious!  I topped it off with a few things I feel belong in carrot cake...walnuts, raisins, and coconut.   Also with some things I try to eat daily to keep my omega 3s up, flaxseeds, hempseeds and chia seeds as well as some goji berries (which I think would be wonderful in carrot cake as well).  As a whole, this was a big bowl of happy.  Well, at least it made me pretty happy, I felt like I was enjoying the hybrid of smoothie and carrot cake which is pretty amazing!

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

2 large bananas
1 large carrot, cut into pieces
1 scoop raw vanilla protein powder (optional, I used Garden of Life brand)
1/4-1/2 cup raw hemp milk or coconut milk (depending on how liquidy you like it, I like mine thick so I add less)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 small piece fresh ginger
stevia to taste (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)

goji berries
raw walnut pieces
flaked dried coconut
chia seeds
ground flax seed

For the smoothie, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the mixture into the blades.  Pour into a bowl, and top with toppings (I used about 1 Tbsp of each).  Enjoy!

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