Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl

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I love whole foods. Really love them. Often love them a little too much.

I’m not skinny, I have been, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be again.

I’m not fit. I have been and one day I hope to be again, but it isn’t a priority right now.

I have a five month old baby girl and I still look pregnant.

I have two other babies who are babies no more.

I have an angel.

I’ve also had an ectopic pregnancy.

And that’s just a glimpse at my parenting journey. There is a fair bit more that this stretched and strained body has endured.

I have cellulite and wrinkles.

I have days when I look exhausted. Days when there is no glow, no spring in my step. Just exhaustion.

I have days when nothing I own fits.

Sometimes in this online world we are inundated with smoothies and perfect bodies, salads and perfect skin. Sometimes it’s inspiring and sometimes it’s a tad depressing.

I could certainly do with losing a few kilos, brushing my hair and slapping on a bit of make-up. I don’t doubt that I would benefit from exercising a little more and eating a little less.

And that photo you see? That’s taken by this photographer I know who works all kinds of magic.

But this is where I am right now, it isn’t perfect, but it’s ok and it’s real. I am a whole foods Mum. A real, imperfect, food loving Mum. The type who sometimes spends the days lying on the couch with the kids eating copious amounts of chocolate and ice cream…


Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews*
  • 1/4 cup cold coconut cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped (approximately 300 grams)**
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • flesh of 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

optional extras

  • blueberries
  1. Place the smoothie ingredients into your processor and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with blueberries if desired.
  2. Eat and enjoy!

*to make this nut free double the coconut cream and omit the cashews.

**peel ripe bananas prior to freezing.

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  • I love it, your words are real. I see your courage in sharing how you think & feel and the huge journey motherhood has taken you on. You’re one awesome & brave woman. Heaven is smiling upon you angel X

    • Oh thank YOU Sarah!! You made me smile. I appreciate you reading my words and taking the time to write. x

  • Alison

    I love this post!! I too have a new baby – almost 5 months old – and i feel the same way! I have to be careful to not let my weight hangups consume me. Thank you for your honesty xx

    • Thank YOU. Always nice to know your not alone! I hope you are getting some sleep and having fun with your precious one. Thanks for writing. x

  • Sally Swain

    I love your ‘methods’
    Step one – mix at high speeds in food processor
    Step two – eat

    My kind of cooking!! 🙂

  • Andrea Rosser

    I beg to differ! You are positively beautiful! Your only downfall is that you’re just a bit too tough on yourself x

    • Wendywoo

      I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for getting in first!

    • Oh my magic and lovely photographer!! You are always far too kind. xxxx

  • Amy

    Thank you for this blog post, it was just what I needed to read today 🙂 Can’t wait to make this smoothie too, it sounds divine!

    • Thank YOU Amy, it is nice when words find you exactly when you need to hear them. I hope they help you and that you enjoy the smoothie. Thanks again, I appreciate you writing. x

  • Wendywoo

    Stop it, stop it, stop it! You are drop dead gorgeous, and slimmer than you realise! I never usually comment on a woman’s weight, either negatively or positively, I’d rather say someone looked healthy, but I’ve broken my own rules this time! Take care of your BEAUTIFUL self, and thank you for another lovely recipe xxx Love to Elise- did she ever get her tiny Xmas gift? xx

    • She did Wendy, thank you, you are very kind to us! She did send a message via the cards did you not get it? I am not sure what has happened there…
      I hope I look healthy, that is always my aim. I am feeling pretty good albeit tired! I hope you are well. x

      • Wendywoo

        Oh, I’m glad it got there, I never want thanks, just to know a parcel’s arrived. Sometimes those card messages go in my spam box, and I forget to check, so I expect it’s there! You DO look healthy, but also very slim and very, very pretty!
        Much love, Wendy xx

        • You are far too lovely Wendy, thank you! Many days I feel anything but…
          Every time my kids hear something about the UK they get very excited and say ‘Wendy lives there’. Eamon sounds so cute and it always makes me smile. Much love to you also. x

  • Anna

    Can I substitute the frozen banana for another frozen fruit… maybe mango?

  • Melanie

    I love reading your posts Bianca! I am sitting here (on the 2nd of feb) going backwards through your posts as I realise how much I have missed. A new school? Does this mean you have moved? Juliet is 5 months? How quickly time goes by.
    I want to make all these delicious ‘jars’.
    I think you are simply beautiful. I only know what you look like from a photo, but I can feel how amazing and beautiful you are. You share your heart with us, your readers, with all the beautiful words you write. And it is gorgeous! xx

    • Thank YOU so much Melanie!!! I really appreciate your kind words and support! I am glad you like my simple little space. We haven’t moved and we loved Lu’s old school and the teacher there but for a combination of reasons felt a change was best for all of us. Thankfully it has gone really well and Lu is loving it. I hope you enjoy the jars. x

  • Valeska Espinosa

    This was dessert tonight except I used a lime instead of the lemon, tangy and refreshing, simply delicious!
    Great post, can totally relate, I have a three month old boy and a four year old girl, I feel exhausted most days, have excess ‘baby’ weight and my house is a constant mess, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, my babies bring me so much joy each and every day!

  • Sue

    Hi Bianca
    Just wondering how many serves this makes so I can decide whether to double the batch or not. Thanks for sharing all these yummy recipes. You are certainly talented! Xx

    • Thank YOU Sue!!! I am glad you like my little space.
      I can have this all to myself (if the two big kids are not in the house) but I would say it makes two serves. I hope this helps.

  • Adriana

    Yum! Yes I feel the same as you when you wrote this. I’m currently still breastfeeding my 2 year old and my 7 week old and im exhausted. I haven’t slept longer than 4 hours a night since our eldest was born. I look old, worn out, exhausted, I’m 8kg heavier than I want to be. Love for my kids and food are the only things that keep me going. I just made your peanut butter fudge and while I’ll try not to I will probably eat it all myself today. Thanks for helping fulfill the needs of this empty mumma.

    • OH Adriana I am hearing you and please don’t beat yourself up if you eat all of the slice, just enjoy it! I hope things get easier for you soon. Life without sleep is very hard and breastfeeding, as beautiful and amazing as it is, is exhausting!! Take care. Sending love. xx

  • Glennys Fragomeni

    Sounds yum, I still get cravings at 69, so this sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing your struggle and know it will get better, just enjoy where you are.

    • Thank YOU and you are spot on. I am in a beautiful place and very blessed to be watching my babies grow. I don’t doubt that I will one day look back on these days, as hard as they can sometimes seem and think to myself ‘they were the very best of times’. Thank you for writing, I hope you enjoy the recipe. x

  • Bellatjie

    If you’re not skinny then what am I??!! Not even one baby to show for it….gosh!

    • I don’t like the word skinny and I really hope I am not described that way. I was a bit bigger than my norm when I wrote that post but I think my message was more about accepting things as they are now or something like that.
      And you are beautiful! That’s what you are. Beautiful <3