The smoothie bowl will slay all others this season

By Lauren Mazzo
November 23, 2016

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.