I have to admit that I'm a bit of a latecomer to the breakfast bowl. A smoothie for breakfast has been a perfect start to the day for me for a long time now, as it is fast, delicious and easy when you are trying to negotiate three kids out of the door in the morning!
But after a recent family holiday up to tropical Noosa, I've discovered the pleasure in sitting down to a beautifully decorated bowl of frozen, creamy delight. Acai bowls are great, but I thought I'd try it at home using baobab powder, and the results were delicious.
Baobab powder is a nutritional powerhouse, a natural superfood. It has crazily high levels of antioxidants - twice the amount of acai - and is brimming with other good stuff like Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fibre and electrolytes. It is also low in fructose. But one of the great things about it is that the powder that you buy is that it is unprocessed. The baobab powder naturally dehydrates within the baobab fruit, so what you buy is what is harvested from the tree, and it is not freeze-dried, or packed with anything nasty to give it a shelf life for western consumers.
What does it taste like? Well it's described as having "tastes of caramel pear with subtle tones of grapefruit", and that's a pretty good description. Basically, it's fruity and tangy without being overpowering, so it goes well into fruit-based smoothies and bowls.
I buy my baobab powder from an Australian company called Rawtanica (formerly Rawsome Foods). Jenny and Clive have travelled to Africa and ensure that the product that they buy is wild harvested and ethically produced. There are no orchards or plantations, the powder is collected from fallen fruit, and the local communities take their own allocation before selling the excess. For more info on the extensive nutritional benefits of baobab, harvesting practices, recipes and recent research check out their website - www.baobabsmile.com. You can buy from the website or there are lots of stockists throughout Australia. I bought mine from Prahran Health Foods.
Now - for the recipe!
Tropical Baobab Breakfast Bowl
Ingredients - serves 2
1/2 cup almonds (soaked in water overnight if possible)
180g frozen pineapple
1 frozen mango cheek
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup cold coconut water (I like using Natural Raw C brand)
2 tbsp baobab powder
Decorations of your choice - I sliced up a couple of pieces of frozen pineapple, used some fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of Bee Pollen.
1) Put chia seeds and water in a cup for 5-10 minutes and soak until they form a gel-like consistency.
2) Blend all ingredients, excluding the decorations, in a high-powered blender until smooth.
This recipe has a nice, thick consistency that you can eat with a spoon. But if you want yours thicker, or thinner, then experiment with your ingredients. Thicker - add more soaked chia or fruit, or try adding a frozen banana for some sweetness and creaminess. Thinner - add more coconut water or just plain water.
3) Decorate! This is the fun part. Use what you have and get creative.
4) Sit down, turn off your phone, and enjoy slowly and mindfully with someone you love.