2015/07/10 by nikkiledford
Right now I have an incredible view of East Village, the Coronado Bridge and a fancy new skyscraper as it nears completion. San Diego, you have my heart. This view almost makes me forget how long I circled around the streets looking for parking during this incredibly busy weekend in San Diego. The world-famous Comic Con is in session and one thing is for certain… San Diego has reached maximum capacity.
I wasn’t planning on posting this on the blog. I kind of just whipped it up after my workout yesterday and kept adding things until I felt fully satisfied with my breakfast creation.
As soon as I shared it on instagram I received a bunch of likes in a matter of moments. It seems I’m not the only one with an intense love for both chocolate and figs. I liked it so much that I made another one for lunch today.
1 frozen banana
1/2 c. blueberries
1/2 acai packet
1 scoop vega vanilla protein powder
handful of baby kale
* these are all optional, feel free to customize your bowl with your favorite nuts, seeds, etc. I would suggest keeping the figs though… since they’re in the name and all 😉
2 Tbsp. toasted crushed or sliced almonds
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
3-4 fresh ripe figs, chopped roughly
Vegan Chocolate Sauce
2 squares DARK chocolate, chopped/shaved or 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
sprinkle of sea salt
- It’s kind of important to have a high-speed blender to make the base if you want it to have that thick “bowl” quality, but if you don’t have one, this would be just as delicious as a smoothie bowl.
- If your almonds aren’t toasted, do this first so they have a little bit of time to cool off.
- In a non-stick skillet, add almonds and cook over medium-high heat watching closely so they don’t burn. Shake the skillet frequently to toast all sides. Remove from heat when done and set aside on a plate or cutting board.
- In the same skillet add coconut oil and chopped chocolate. If the skillet is still hot, everything should melt nicely. If it needs more heat, heat over a low flame until warm and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and sprinkle in salt.
- Place all the acai ingredients in a blender with a tiny bit of water and blend until smooth using the plunger add as much water as you need to get it going but if you have a vitamix, you shouldn’t need much.
- Put the acai blend into a bowl. Add toppings and then drizzle the warm chocolate sauce on top.
- Slow down and enjoy every bite. Once the chocolate sauce hits the cold smoothie, it will harden like a chocolate-dipped ice cream cone… Yum!