Looking for a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth? This caramel apple crumble smoothie bowl recipe, cooked up by blogger I Love Vegan, will do just that—but also fill you up and pack a punch of nutrients. (If you want more apple crumble flavor you'll also fall for these creative apple recipes.)
PSA: freezing bananas ahead of time is key to getting the right consistency, so if you don't have any on-hand, go toss some in the freezer ASAP. The first step is to whip up some homemade date caramel with coconut oil, dates, coconut milk, maple syrup and cinnamon. We promise—this step is 100 percent worth it. (Bonus: you can drizzle it into smoothies, oatmeal, tea, and coffee, or as a spread like a nut butter.)
The second step is to blend up the smoothie bowl itself: frozen bananas, a tablespoon of the date caramel, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon combine for a super sweet fall flavor. But in this smoothie bowl, the toppings are key. Drizzle some more date caramel, sprinkle with cinnamon apple granola, and slice up some apples (which have a bunch of health benefits themselves) to add some crunch and apple crumble flavor. Need some more protein? Toss in a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein. Serve up for breakfast, lunch, or dessert, and your taste buds will be happier than an apple in fall.
Digging the dessert-for-breakfast deal? You'll go gaga over this carrot cake smoothie bowl that's packed with veggies—but certainly doesn't taste like it.