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Spooktacular Vegan White Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

*This post is sponsored by Vitamix. All words, images, and opinions are my own.

Vitamix so kindly sent me their E310 blender, and of course the first thing I had to try was a smoothie bowl! Whereas my old blender required a ton of stopping and starting to get everything evenly combined, the E310 saved both time and arm strength :). Since I received it I’ve made soups, cheesecakes, tarts, frosting, spice mixes, smoothies, ice cream, and granola, and I’m always amazed at how well it truly blends. Plus, one of my favorite features is that it’s self cleaning – with just a drop of dish soap and warm water it’s completely clean in less than a minute (if only I could clean my the rest of my kitchen so easily)!

I just adore the holidays, and while I’m not a fan of the gory or creepy parts of Halloween, I’m ALL about the spooky cute! This faboolous little ghost is actually the white chocolate smoothie which is made with cacao butter and cashews to give it a super creamy texture, minus the dairy. He’s inspired by a Caro Martini Illustration – you must check out her adorable work if you haven’t seen it before! I swirled blue spirulina and coconut yogurt around the ghost (along with bee pollen stars) for a dreamy galaxy sky, and added strawberry cheeks and dark chocolate for the bats and faces. Can you guess what I used to make the pumpkin (HINT, its not an orange)?

This smoothie would be wonderful for either breakfast or a healthy dessert, and is especially yummy served with fresh strawberries, and, of course, more chocolate :). For an even faster design, you could also just pour the smoothie into a small, round bowl and add the dark chocolate eyes and mouth (skipping the sky design). Have fun with it, and feel free to change the face however you would like, even creating different designs for each bowl. While I enjoy making food with faces all year ,the holidays are a great excuse for going above and beyond!

Ingredients: (makes 2 servings)

This post contains affiliate links to some of the products mentioned. Luxe and the Lady is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by linking to amazon.com . This helps to pay for the ingredients used to make even more cute, smiling treats :), and doesn’t cost you extra to use.

Vegan White Chocolate Smoothie Bowl:

3/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt

4 tablespoons coconut cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup soaked cashews

3 tablespoons cacao butter

1-2 frozen bananas (more to make it sweeter)

Pinch Himalayan or sea salt

Decorations:

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil

1-2 fresh strawberries

Bee Pollen*

Vegan white chocolate chips

Small round cookie cutter or piping tip

Wax paper

Toothpicks

*Can be found in the supplements section of your local health food store (refrigerated, and local is best)

Directions:

  1. Let’s start by soaking the cashews. This makes them easier to digest, and also softens them so that they blend evenly (and produce a super creamy texture). Stir 1/8 tablespoon Himalayan pink or sea salt into 1 cup filtered water in a medium size glass bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of raw cashews, cover with a thin kitchen or tea towel, and allow the bowl to sit on the counter for 3 hours. Before using the cashews rinse and drain them 3 times or until the water is clear.
  2. Add the soaked cashews and all of the other smoothie ingredients to the bowl of a high speed blender, and blend just until smooth.
  3. Evenly distribute the smoothie between 2 bowls, top with your favorite ingredients, and enjoy, or move on to the next step to make it extra bootiful.
  4. You can do this step prior to making the smoothie. If doing it after, place the smoothie bowls in the freezer while you work so that they don’t melt. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil, in the microwave, in 30 second intervals stirring in between each interval until completely melted. Use a toothpick dipped in the melted chocolate to draw the face designs onto a piece of wax paper.
  5. Wash the strawberries and cut each in half. Use a small round cookie cutter or a large round piping tip to cut 4 circles out (2 for each ghost). Once the chocolate is set, gently remove it from the paper and add the pieces, along with the strawberry cheeks, to each bowl. Sprinkle with bee pollen and chocolate chips, and then watch it disappear :).

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