This is a healthy and protein-rich smoothie that can kickstart your day in the perfect way. There are no added sugars or sweeteners in this healthy and tasty bowl. A bowl of this cold smoothie bowl, made with seasonal summer produce, is a great budget fit while it provides nourishment.
The protein is contributed by cottage cheese and nuts. Though I like to have cottage cheese as such, with fruits, they are great to use in recipes, and adding it to masoor dal and paneer lasagna is one of my favorite ways. The chia seeds used as topping and any other nut topping could add extra to the protein. A cup of cottage cheese gives 22g of proteins and the cashews add about 2 grams, so this smoothie bowl if had as a singe portion, gives about 24-26 grams depending on the toppings used. The sweetness comes from the fruits used and no sweeteners of any kind are used in this recipe. This would have convinced you to try this! If you love mangoes and melons, this combination is great, and you would definitely like this Mango Melon Mint Cooler, a perfect refreshing drink!
To make this simple, easy, and healthy smoothie bowl, the following are needed.
Cottage cheese - small curd cottage cheese is used in this recipe.
Mangoes - ripe and sweet mangoes work great
Banana- adds to the creamy texture and sweetens.
Cantaloupe - the melon has a creamy and sweet pulp, which is a great summer produce
Cashews - a little is enough to yield a creamy texture. Soaking the cashews for 40 minutes to an hour is a great idea.
Toppings - Toppings can include sliced fruits of your choice, roasted nuts, chia seeds, granola, coconut flakes, etc.
Using frozen bananas and mangoes add to a thick, creamy texture. Fresh fruit can also be used (like in this recipe). Still, it will be a more scoopable smoothie than drinking one. It is your personal preference and availability of frozen fruits.
How many servings?
This recipe makes 1-2 servings depending on whether it is served as breakfast or snack, and also on the individual meal requirements.
Do you know why summer is the best? It is the time when you don’t look forward to cooking. Having more smoothies and smoothie bowls eliminates cooking, right? Plus, they are super healthy too. A creamy smoothie bowl is my heaven on a hot summer day!
Summer is also the season for great produce. There are a variety of fruits and veggies that one could add to a cold smoothie. It is the season to go for u-pick berries and cherries with family. And as soon as I am back, I prepare some of them and freeze them to make smoothies and bowls later, and to make it the next day. I opt for Strawberry Mango Smoothie Bowl, Strawberry Smoothie Bowl, and Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl.
During my childhood days, the entire family would wait for summer for two reasons. One is pretty obvious no school! The other one is mangoes, mangoes, mangoes! Tons of varieties, in size, in flavor according to the region. A bowl of yogurt rice and mangoes is still my (entire family’s or I should say the entire clan's) comfort food. Instant Mango Pickle, spicy mango pickles made with raw mangoes, and special sweet recipes with ripe ones are the standards in each and every household. Mango Lassi, Mango Kulfi, and Mango Icecream are always the top ones on the list. I miss all the varieties here but try to relish as much as possible the fresh ones as well as frozen mangoes.
In my opinion, there is no limit to the way you can use mangoes in recipes. Be it a pie, bars, breakfast, sides, or dessert it is the best! It can be used in Dal as well as kadhis. Even we make sambhar with ripe mangoes. The flavors are phenomenal with this amazing fruit and no wonder it is called the King of all fruits. If you are addicted to mangoes, like us, this Mango Falooda is a must, this monster-sized dessert is a mango lover’s heaven! Mango Lassi Muffins and Mango Melonpan are amazing in flavor and kids would love to enjoy these anytime.
Mangoes with endless possibilities are one of the great ingredients to cook with. This is my version of the trending cottage cheese smoothie bowl that I saw on social media. And that’s why I pick this theme when Srivalli announces this theme in Blogging Marathon each year. Check back gif yet another mango recipe this week.
Cottage cheese - 1 cup
Mango, ripe - 1 cup, chopped
Cantaloupe - ½ cup, cubed
Cashews - 8, soaked
Add everything to the blender and blend until it is smooth.