I made this smoothie bowl with cashew cream for my kids today and they thought it’s super yummy! You can find some smoothie recipes on my website. But a smoothie can be simply a blend of avocado, banana, berries, coconut oil, almond milk (or any other milk or water) and a variety of nuts and seeds.
You can leave the smoothie a bit thicker this time by reducing the amount of liquid (water, coconut milk or some other milk). That way the cashew cream won’t dive completely into the smoothie.
Cashew cream is very simple to make (see the recipe below) and you can serve it either on its own or add on any desserts or use for garnishing. To make the cashew cream, I just used a small travel blender.
For this smoothie bowl garnishing, I used some blueberry powder, crushed nuts and grated raw chocolate sprinkled on the top. Pretty satisfying with all the healthy fats and protein!
Some health benefits of Cashew nuts
Cashews are high in protein but more importantly, high in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, including oleic and palmitoleic acids. Cashews are also a good source of magnesium, which plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body including the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins. Cashews are one of the few food sources that are high in copper. Copper is a mineral which is needed very little, but despite that fact, copper deficiency can cause severe problems such as lower bone mineral density and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Copper is also important for a production of collagen and elastin, which are major structural components of our bodies. Cashews are also rich in antioxidants and zinc, that can both boost the immune system. Antioxidants sweep through the cell, neutralising free radicals that can cause cellular damage. Some of the most potent antioxidants include vitamins E and K. Cashews contain both of the vitamins, helping your body fight off oxidative damage. Cashew nuts might also help with preventing gallstones.