Not too terribly long ago, we hosted a gathering with a handful of foodie Instagrammers who share our love of all things VERTS. We dined, laughed, and made some memories in a few short hours before everyone headed home and ended their day having befriended a few more souls than they started their day with.
To spread just a bit more love to each attendee, we gifted them all a personal batch of granola we crafted by subbing out water for one of our favorite brews: Saint Arnold Brewing’s Art Car IPA. It’s a scrumptious little treat that, up until this point, was cooked up by our Culinary Team and by and large snacked on by them and them only while they toiled away creating more of your future VERTS favorites. All in all, we believed it’d be a thoughtful way to show our appreciation for some of the content creators whose passion and enthusiasm fuels us in our own work on a daily basis.
But the lovely and crafty Vicheka (who loves our quinoa bowl with beef & lamb) had an idea, as she’s known to. What came to fruition was a new recipe for an incredible Mango-Apple smoothie bowl, complete with chia seeds and, of course, our parting gift of hop granola. If you’re a fan of smoothies (or bowls), you need to go over the recipe we’ve included below and recreate it in the comfort of your own home as soon as you possibly can. Who knows… Maybe bringing Vicheka’s work into your kitchen will inspire a wondrous dish of your own making (& if it’s worthy, it might warrant a blog post similar to the one you find yourself reading right now — awash with more of our delightful fawning and awe, no doubt).
VERTS Hop Granola Smoothie Bowl
1 cup wheat oats
1 cup rye oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 tbsp. flax seed
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup Saint Arnold Brewing Art Car IPA
¼ cup carob molasses
2 tsps. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup coconut oil, melted
1/8 cup shaved dark chocolate
5 dried apricots, roughly chopped
One hour ahead of time, cook your quinoa in 2 cups of Art Car IPA (instead of water… we’re getting crazy!) and once it’s fluffy and has absorbed all the liquid, scatter into a thin layer to dry out on a sheet pan and set aside to dry out.
Toast both type of oats in a dry saucepan over medium heat until slightly browned and fragrant – five to ten minutes should do it.
Toss all ingredients besides fruit and chocolate together and bake at 250 for about 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool for an hour. Add the chocolate and fruit and gently toss together. Store in an air-tight container.
Vicheka’s Smoothie Bowl
1 large apple
1 cup milk (your choice – dairy, nut, soy, other)
½ cup ice (feel free to modify more or less to get to your desired texture)
Get out your blender and blend all the fruits.
Throw in milk to blend. (Pro Tip: Freeze milk in ice tray the night prior so it doesn’t dilute your smoothie when blending).
As mentioned, feel free to add more or less milk to get to your desired consistency.
Pour the smoothie into your favorite bowl and top with hop granola and more sliced fruit.
Once you try this, show us how your Smoothie Bowl turned out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!