Before I publish anything, I always ask myself, does this pass the Jess Cording Eye Roll Test? Meaning, would I roll my eyes at it if it showed up in my social media feed? This one comes close to failing. I mean, a green smoothie bowl—how much of a “healthy living” cliche is that? However, its deliciousness balances out the “is this a legit recipe or click bait?” equation I’m always trying to solve in my head when deciding what to read and what to skip over. What started as a curious experiment became a go-to. I don’t make smoothie bowls all that often, but when I do, it’s usually a variation on this one.


I’m all about “weird is good” in smoothies (I even wrote about it for The List), and this is no exception. This recipe uses frozen riced cauliflower. I’ve also tried it with regular frozen cauliflower and it also worked, though it look a little extra liquid. Also, this version uses fresh spinach, but /i use frozen spinach all the time in smoothies. Just dial it down to 1 cup instead of 2. Sometimes I like to add frozen kabocha or butternut squash when I have it handy or a 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin. As you can see, this is super versatile and hard to mess up.

To make your smoothie into a photogenic smoothie bowl, top with a tablespoon of your favorite nuts or seeds (chia seeds are my personal fave) or add a garnish if cacao nibs or coconut flakes. A drizzle of coconut oil also adds a fun “magic shell” effect. Choose your own adventure.

Cauliflower Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup water, coconut water, or unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder of your choice (I used this one)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup ice (or more if needed)


  1. Layer ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass or bowl. Garnish however you like.

What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever put in a smoothie? 





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