I have a super delicious smoothie bowl in store for you today, not to mention my first fun Christmas gift guide (check back later this afternoon), AND if you are in the Greater Boston Area, a list of all the fun Christmas/Holiday events you probably should go out and explore this weekend. So lets get to it shall we?
First of all if you live around the Boston area there are so many fun Holiday inspired events going on in the coming weeks that you absolutely should try and take advantage of, not to mention Eataly finally opened its doors at the Boston Prudential Center, which is worth a trip into the city itself in my opinion.
boston holiday events in december
HALF PRICE ENTERTAINMENT
- A Christmas Celtic Sojourn: The Cutler Majestic Theatre - $20-59 (originally $45-75) - My mom and I went to this a few years back and it was a lot of fun and something totally different.
- The Nutcracker: Boston Opera House - $70+ - Always one of my favorite shows to see around the holidays.
- An Irish Christmas Carol: Boston Harbor - $28 (originally $46)
- Handel's Messiah: Jordan Hall - $15-38 (originally $30-75)
- Judy Garland Show: Christmas Special: Club Cafe - $20 (originally $40)
- Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream: Agganis Area - December 23-January 1st - $23+ - For any little kiddo in your life.
- Boston Holiday Pops: Boston Symphony Hall - Tickets are already selling out - $146+
- Newport Mansions at Christmas: $85+ - Okay this takes place in Newport, Rhode Island but is totally worth the trip if you haven't seen it before and are in the area.
- The Fort Point Channel Holiday Stroll: December 16th - 4:00-8:00PM - Free and open to the public.
- Ice Skating in Boston: There are a few places to go ice skating around the holidays in Boston, one being the classic Boston Frog Pond located in the Boston Common. But this year there is a new skating path opening at Boston City Hall Plaza as well! $6+
- SOWA Holiday Market: December 10-11, $5 admission - If you have ever been to the SOWA Summer Market, you definitely should check out their Holiday Market that is filled with local vendors selling items perfect for the holidays/gifts.
FOOD RELATED HOLIDAY EVENTS
- Hot Chocolat Tasting Tour: $28 (originally $55)
- Boston Eataly Opening: Free to Public
- Fourth Annual Ugly Sweater Party at the Samuel Adams Brewery: Friday December 2nd, tickets range in price from $25-30
- Allergen Friendly Gingerbread House Class: December 4th - $25 - Great for anyone looking for a food related holiday class/event with allergies. Located at Jennifer Lee's Gourmet Bakery.
- Healthy Holidays Recipes: Demo and Tasting: December 4th - Free to the public - Located at the Boston Public Market.
- Italian North End Christmas Parade: December 11th - Free to the public
Alright now that you all can be throughly entertained by all things Christmas and Holiday related over the next month, why don't we get back to that smoothie I was telling you about. When I was coming up with the inspiration for this smoothie bowl, I really was just aiming for something that would be mildly sweet, and have a nice cinnamon/nutty flavor to fit with the holiday season...similar to a snickerdoodle, but in smoothie form. I also wanted to see if I could get a really creamy/thick smoothie, without having to use any ice, non-dairy yogurt, or a lot of bananas.
Sometimes I honestly cringe when I see some of the smoothie recipes circulating around out there that call for so much sugar (albeit natural sugar or not), and very little protein/veggies. Not to mention that most of the time I don't really think that all that fruit is really necessary if replaced with something else that can provide the creamy/thick texture, without all the sugar. When it comes to smoothies, it is really important to remember that while they can be incredibly healthy and balanced, they can also be not-so healthy, and really high in sugar and calories...just because it's a smoothie, doesn't always make it a health food.
For this recipe the secret ingredient ended being riced cauliflower that I had frozen. Riced cauliflower I use all the time for stir fry and other fun non-grain side dishes, but I had actually never used it in a smoothie before. FYI Trader Joes selling riced cauliflower already done up for you in a bag that can be easily frozen if anyone is interested.
What I really loved about using riced cauliflower is that the taste is so neutral it can't even be detected, and it totally gave me that smooth/creamy texture I was going for without loaded a ton of fruit into my blender. I decided to top it all off with some unsweetened coconut flakes, fresh berries, cacao nibs, gluten free oats, and some heart healthy walnuts. Hope you enjoy!
Snickerdoodle Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1.5 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup riced frozen cauliflower
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup raspberries
- 1 tablespoon gluten free oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/8 cup walnuts
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- Optional: 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder + cinnamon to mix into smoothie
- Combine all smoothie ingredients in a high speed blender. Begin blending on low, and then increase the speed to high. Using a spatula push down the ingredients if necessary.
- If your smoothie seems too thick add a little more coconut milk slowly.
- Once blended to a smooth consistency pour into a bowl and add toppings of your choice.
- If your smoothie seems too liquidy, pop in the freezer for 3 minutes.