RECIPE: Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Hello, friends! Before I dive into this recipe, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all of the supportive comments on my previous post – means so much to me. I was shocked at how well it was received and even more shocked to learn how many others are in the same boat. Your emails and text messages have helped me to feel less alone and hopeful. I’m sending so much love and healing energy to all of you ❤️

If you read my last post, you know that I’ve made some changes in my diet to reset my system and I’ve had amazing results – more energy, no bloating, pain-free, positive mood changes, clothes fitting better, and hopeful. When I was first introduced to the Autoimmune Protocol, I focused too much on the foods I’d have to avoid, rather than looking at the lengthy list of foods I could eat – it’s all about perspective, right?

Since going vegan almost ten years ago, I’ve consumed nuts & seeds on a daily basis. Heck, almost at every meal if I think about it: nut milk in my smoothies, nuts in granola, cashews to make a creamy sauce or soup, nut or seed butters on toast, in smoothies, in baked goods. The list could go on. Nuts & seeds are in A LOT of vegan products.

Same goes for grains. They’re in our cereals, granola, pancakes, and baked goods. But we also cook them up to go with our lunch or dinner – rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat…well, you get the idea.

My body hasn’t ever had a break from nuts, seeds, and grains – I’m 37 years old – so that’s many days of consuming these foods. I’ve been without nuts and seeds for over two weeks now and without grains, beans, and nightshades for over a week…I’m honestly shocked at how much better I feel. With the AIP diet, they say to do it for 30 days to reset your system – I’m not sure I will go that long since I don’t think I’m getting enough protein (might add beans back in next week) – it’s a harder diet to follow as a vegan.

Eating this way has forced me to get creative, but also reigniting my love for the simple meals…my current favorite dinner is baked yams with sauteed kale, onions, garlic, zucchini, topped with coconut aminos and sliced avocado…gimme those greens! I’ve also fallen in love with these Coconut Paleo Wraps – on the pricey side, so they’re a treat for me. You can find them at pretty much an natural food store or online, but I have found that Whole Foods sells them for the best price. I love using them for both savory (veggie wraps) and sweet (apple crepes) recipes. Oh! And all I can say is coconut butter never tasted so good – now that all of my other nut/seed butters are out – coconut butter is like gold to me! Haha!

*If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to do a post sharing what I eat in a day following this protocol.

If your weather is anything like ours, you’re probably still enjoying smoothies and nice cream without shivering under a blanket just yet 😉 I think this recipe borders on nice cream due to its thickness, but I’m calling it a smoothie bowl since it has a sneaky little veggie in there!

Ahhh, golden beets! Have you tried them? Are you a beet lover? If you’re not a beet fan, golden beets are a lot less “earthy” and overpowering than the vibrant red beets and they also have a perfect sweetness to them. I also love golden beets for their bright, sunshine-y yellow color! I’ve brightened the color even more with some fresh turmeric and mango. My first instinct is to grab the bottle of homemade almond milk, but since I’m not consuming nuts right now, I’ve been using coconut milk, which also gives it a nice tropical twist!

RECIPE: Sunshine Smoothie Bowl
Sunshine Smoothie Bowl {vegan, AIP-friendly, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free}

Serves 1-2

What you need:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh golden beets, peeled + chopped*
  • 1/2-1 inch chunk of fresh turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons raw coconut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional; if following AIP do not use extract)
  • coconut milk to blend*

*I have made this with an additional 1/4 cup of beets and it’s still delicious! Just depends on how much of a beet lover yo are. I use Trader Joe’s organic canned coconut milk as it is gum-free. I suggest starting with 1/4 cup, adding more if you’d like a thinner consistency. If you’re OK with gums, then any coconut milk will do…full fat will make it ultra creamy.

RECIPE: Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

How to:

  1. Blend until smooth, pour into a bowl, and enjoy! You can top it with fresh blueberries, dried mulberries, shredded coconut, cinnamon, or granola…or load it up with everything!

RECIPE: Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

RECIPE: Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Can’t believe this is the last official week of summer! Are you excited for fall?!


Thanks for stopping by!


7 thoughts

    1. Thank you, friend! When I got the blood test results back I was SO shocked and I’m willing to do pretty much anything it takes to feel like myself again. I’ll be curious as to what the blood test results will look like next month – I’m hoping things have improved. Haha! Yes, there’s definitely some repetitive days, but thank goodness for Pinterest 😂😂 I hop on there for inspiration quite a bit and I was impressed by the options out there…although harder for a vegan to follow. Hope you’re having a great week!! ❤️


  1. I am not a beet lover. My relationship with beets is one of turmoil. I love the color but the taste, not so much. And then they crossed the line and sprayed their red juice all over my new white kitchen. So I broke up with them. LOL. That being said I have had the golden ones a few times and did not gag. So that’s a start! But I bet the mango here covers up the taste well. And that color is so pretty!! Looks like an awesome way to start the day!


    1. Omg!!!! 😱😂 Nooooo! I would be SO mad and I’m pretty sure I would ban those beets from my kitchen if that happened! They can be pretty potent though, right?? I added too many red beets to a smoothie once and about gagged…there’s a time and a place for them and overpowering a smoothie is definitely bad…unless people really like that strong earthy flavor 😂 The golden ones are actually kind of sweet and pair perfectly with mango! Thank you, mama!!! ❤️❤️


  2. From the sneak preview of this gorgeous bowl I was expecting mango, but BEETS!! Total surprise, and awesome idea! I love making gorgeous pink beet bowls, why not glowing yellow ones too. Plus anything that yellow just beckons for a little more yellow from turmeric, and more turmeric is always a good plan. This looks delicious, even if it was december I would totally blanket-burrito myself just to enjoy it 🙂 And yes yes yes a WIAW on the AIP would be wonderful! I was hoping you’d offer 😀 Because now I am eating so many coconut products it’s getting a little crazy lol. But I am just so happy you are feeling better ❤


    1. Right?!? Same here! I’m kind of obsessed with that gorgeous color of the pinkish-red smoothies…love those beets!! Especially with cacao 😋 This summer I’ve been so crazy about mango and all things yellow and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the golden beets work in a smoothie! Especially with the turmeric…another ingredient I’m obsessed with! Haha!! It was really cold in our house this morning so I totally did the blanket-burrito move and almost turned on the fireplace 😂 Natalie! I’ve been the same way with coconut the last couple of weeks! Help me! Haha! Coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut wraps and even coconut butter…I need a break! I need to email you a link my cousin sent me – I thought of you when I read it. And it would be nice to catch up a bit with you! Thank you so much for the support!! Means a lot ❤️❤️


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