What better way to start your special day than a nutritious birthday cake smoothie bowl. It is refreshing, thick, creamy and tastes just like vanilla cake batter. Yum! This is the perfect solution for all the summer birthdays out there.
You can have fun with the toppings and get creative. Here, I used all-natural, dye-free vegan sprinkles, shredded coconut, frozen berries and coconut whipped cream. You could also "ice" it with a drizzle of melted coconut butter.
And if you want to make a birthday wish to start your day, add a candle. Why not, right!?
For the past couple of years we have been doing Birthday Cake Smoothies on the morning of everyone's birthday. I thought a smoothie bowl would help take things to the next level by allowing more space for celebratory toppings. Plus, everyone can grab a spoon and dig in. My youngest, David, turned two and since Baltimore is experiencing a mini-heat wave we thought this would be the perfect way to celebrate his big day.
It was a huge hit with all three kids. Definitely a great way to start the day!
See the bottom of this post for more pictures of David first thing in the morning enjoying his birthday cake smoothie bowl!
The base of the smoothie is frozen bananas which give it a thick and creamy feel - almost like ice cream. I added frozen riced cauliflower and blanched slivered almonds too for added nutrition and more creaminess. It is naturally sweetened with dates and the bananas keeping it refined sugar-free. You can also add gluten-free oats for a cake-like flavor. To keep it thick I only used ½ cup of plant-based milk. You could add whatever birthday cake flavor or color you like best. Here, I stuck with vanilla/white to keep it classic. My 4-year-old, Jade, said for her birthday she wants a strawberry/pink birthday cake smoothie bowl. Sounds good to me! Have fun mixing it up and making it your own. I hope this provides you with a base recipe that can be used for inspiration to make your birthday cake smoothie perfect for you! Mine would obviously be chocolate-themed.
I hope you enjoy this creamy vegan birthday cake smoothie bowl recipe as much as our family does! It is gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, soy-free and peanut-free. If you give it a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see you enjoying your birthday creations. Happy birthday!Print
This festive smoothie bowl is the perfect way to start your special day - especially for all the summer birthdays out there. It is thick, creamy and tastes like cake batter! It is garnished with all-natural sprinkles, coconut whipped cream, shredded coconut and frozen berries. You can add a candle too if you want to make a birthday wish!
This smoothie bowl is refined sugar-free, vegan, paleo and gluten-free.
- 4 large pitted Medjool dates (or substitute 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup)
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds or raw cashews
- ¼ cup gluten-free oats (optional for more cake-like flavor)
- 2 frozen sliced bananas
- 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
- ½ cup unsweetened, plain plant-based milk (I recommend almond milk)*
- Boost It: 1 tablespoon chia seeds, hemp seeds and/or ground flaxseed
- In a high speed blender, add all the ingredients except the frozen riced cauliflower. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add the frozen riced cauliflower and blend again until no chunks remain.
- Taste and adjust sweetness and flavors as desired. Pour into a shallow bowl and garnish as shown in the picture. Or, be creative and do your own thing.
*If you need to use more milk to get the blender going try adding only a little bit at a time. If you use too much the smoothie bowl will be too thin and runny.
Here are more pictures of David enjoying his birthday cake smoothie bowl. He was totally surprised and loved every bite.