Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

September 17, 2017 3 Comments by Beth

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl | Foodinary

Today we’re talking about smoothie bowl recipes.

One of the best smoothie tips I’ve ever received is to always use frozen fruit instead of fresh because it eliminates the need for ice.  Therefore, the tiny freezer in my apartment is now 80% frozen fruit – 20% other stuff.  The problem that many people run into is that some of the best smoothie fruits – raspberries, mangos, etc. can get pricey.  Since moving to Chicago, that has no longer been an issue for me.

As many of my friends and family know, I am OBSESSED with a certain grocery store here in Chicago.  It isn’t Whole Foods, it isn’t Trader Joe’s, it’s a little place about the size of a Walgreens whose logo is a man smoking a pipe who is flying a watermelon airplane.

Stanley's Fruit and Vegetable

Stanley’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetables on N. Elston Avenue is honestly one of the things I love most about Chicago.  My fiancé and I discovered it one day as we were getting off on the North Avenue exit from the highway.  We noticed signs in a store window that had the most outrageous produce prices – “Cauliflower – 49 cents” “Blueberries – 50 cents” etc. etc.  We started chatting and thought – no way is that true, and if it is, the quality must be questionable.  However, curiosity got the best of us and the next weekend, we decided to make a stop during our grocery shopping.

Walking into Stanley’s the next weekend was just AMAZING.  It is a shop overflowing with fruits and vegetables, with a small deli and dairy section.  It is the thing healthy eating dreams are made of.

Even better though are the prices and the flash sales.

Flash sales at Stanley’s are one of my favorite things.  Last summer, my fiancé and I got a PALLET of strawberries for 98 cents. Granted, the strawberries were on their last leg so I went home to wash, cut and freeze them that night, but we then had strawberries for smoothies and homemade sorbet for months.  So to say the least, this summer I stocked up on raspberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, you name it.

Today’s healthy smoothie bowl comes from my freezer stash of raspberries and cherries with a little frozen banana and raw cacao powder. It honestly tastes like a dessert, but is chalk full of superfoods. I topped my bowl with some delicious homemade cacao-coconut granola and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut for some extra crunch.

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl


1/2 a frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen cherries
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp ground flax seed
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add or more or less for your desired consistency)
For toppings:
Granola, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs, banana slices, or berries


  1. Add the almond milk to the blender first, followed by the frozen fruit, cacao powder, and ground flax seeds. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings!


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  1. Mary B Cariveau
    3 months ago

    Sounds like a yummy treat to me!


  2. cathy combs
    3 months ago

    This sounds delicious. How do you freeze the fruit? First on a cookie sheet then put in bags?? What a wonderful idea to have the fruit for winter…


    • Beth
      3 months ago

      Exactly! I will put some freezer paper on a cookie sheet and then after trimming, washing and drying the fruit, I place it in one even layer on the cookie sheet. Once the individual pieces are frozen solid, I show them all in a freezer bag!


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