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St. Patrick’s Day Key Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl

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One day, I was listening to the Meal Makeover Moms podcast and they were talking about their adorable new Smoothie Bowl Adult Coloring Cookbook (available free on their website!).  They hinted at a Key Lime Pie Smoothie, and I thought that’d be a perfect healthy substitute for my mom’s traditional key lime pie on St. Patrick’s Day.  Then I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I made it a few days early.  I was planning on following their recipe exactly because I trust that they have tested all these recipes to perfection, but I just kept getting all these ideas of ways to change it, so I went a little off-course.

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  • I added chia seeds, because most of my smoothies start with chia seeds for a little omega-3 boost.
  • I switched out regular lime for Key Limes, because I saw them and they are adorable (but you also have to juice 6 little limes per big lime, so I don’t recommend it).
  • I used skim instead of 1% milk, because that’s all I had, and I added ice because I wanted it to be more like ice cream.
  • I switched out the agave for sweetened condensed milk for a few reasons:
    • I could eat sweetened condensed milk with a spoon.  And I do.
    • I only had sweetened condensed milk from another recipe, and I don’t like agave.
    • Sugar is sugar- you could use any liquid sweetener you’d like.
  • I used a lot more lime juice, because I love really, really tart key lime pie (like my mom’s!)
  • I added a bunch of spinach for a boost of nutrition, but mostly for the vibrant green color.  My mom used to color her pies dark green, so that’s how I like my key lime pie too!

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Blend it all up, and you have a little bowl of healthy key lime pie- full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats including omega-3s, protein, and fiber.  I topped mine with graham cracker crumbs (I used the cinnamon covered ones, because if you don’t prefer the cinnamon covered ones I don’t want to be your friend), and it really tasted exactly like key lime pie!

What’s great is that it makes 1 hefty serving or two snack size servings, and it freezes great.  The avocado provides enough fat to keep it silky, and the blending incorporates enough air to maintain its spoonability.

Key Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl

Key Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 large or 1 small avocado
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, preferably Greek
  • 1 large handful spinach leaves
  • 1 Tbsp condensed milk or other sweetener, more to taste
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 5 ice cubes
  • For topping:
  • Graham crackers, granola, or fruit

Directions

  1. Blend the milk, chia seeds, and vanilla on high until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and bright green, adding more spinach to make the color more saturated.
  3. Pour in to a bowl and top as desired.
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