Berry, Mango, Coconut Smoothie Jar

Just as I was figuring out the whole smoothie bowl phenom, I was presented with the radical “smoothie jar.” Far be it for me to turn down a challenge (mind you, I am challenging myself- no one else is involved). I finally delved into the world of smoothie-jarring and although I am still a novice, I think I am starting to understand the fundamentals. One thing: smoothie jars are much more difficult than they seem. It is not a simple task to get fruit to stick to the side of the jar- nor is it easy to calculate the density and mass of certain elements (oats, jams, smoothies, etc…) and therefore, it took me a few tries before I did, in fact, create my first successful smoothie jar.

Once I did get it down, however, it was really really good.

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Berry, Mango, Coconut Smoothie/Oats Jar

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer (coconut oats):

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Middle Layer (mixed berry chia jam):

  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp date syrup
  • ½ tbsp. chia seeds

Smoothie (top) Layer:

  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup coconut water

Instructions:

For the oats:

  • Bring the oats and coconut milk to a simmer over low heat.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and maple syrup after about 2 minutes.
  • Continue to stir until the liquid has been totally absorbed (about 5-7 more minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let cool

For the berry jam

  • In a small pot on medium heat, add about 1 ½ tbsp. of water and the mixed berries.
  • Once the water has been absorbed, turn the heat off and blend the berries (either with an immersion blender or transfer to a normal blender)
  • Mix in the date syrup and chia seeds.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes or until cool

For the smoothie:

  • Blend the ingredients together

Assembly:

  • Slice the banana and line the bottom of the jar with the slices.
  • Pour in the oats
  • Pour the berry jam in over the oats (leaving enough for topping)
  • Finally, pour in the mango banana smoothie.
  • Top with the leftover jam, banana slices and bee pollen (or whatever you have lying around).
  • Serve and enjoy!

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