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Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl

Recipe and article by Lila Volkas. 

Lila Volkas is a food illustrator and writer for KQED, health educator and holistic nutrition student at Bauman College in Berkeley. Food has played a major role in her own healing journey and allows her to connect with others and help them deepen their relationship with what they put in their body. Follow her on ig: @lilaceline or visit her at to find out more about her work or to attend her next monthly kombucha brewing workshop in in the Bay Area!

In collaboration with IMBŌDHI, I have created some unique smoothie bowl recipes to bring nutritional embodiment to pre- and post-movement breakfasts. These smoothie bowls can support the dance of your digestive system.  

Look at the last post, Smoothie Bowls: Dancing with Digestion, to learn more. There I cover why I eat my smoothy bowls at room temperature with a spoon [amongst other useful tips].

Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl


IMBODHI x Lila Volkas, Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl

Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl, Close up


Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that contains sulfur, which can support our liver's detoxification function. Maca is a root and popular "super food" that can help nourish the adrenal glands, balance hormones and has a naturally sweet taste.



One unique aspect of my recipes is that I cook almost all vegetables that go in my smoothies. Why? Cooked vegetables are easier to digest compared to raw ones (especially in the morning). It is true that you get different nutrients when you consume raw vegetables vs. cooked ones, so feel free to include both in your smoothies. For me, cooking my vegetables in my smoothie bowls makes a huge difference in how I feel after I eat them. For the majority of vegetables, steaming tends to be the choice method for retaining nutrients and effectively breaking down the vegetable enough to maximize digestibility. 

Yes, this takes more time and advance preparation. But, your body will thank you. Do it a day in advance and throw them in the refrigerator or freezer until you make your breakfast bowl. 

Ingredients, Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl, IMBODHI


Serving Size: 1-2

1 cup frozen cauliflower  (previously steamed)

1 tbsp tahini

1/2 ripe banana 

1/2 roasted sweet potato 

1/4 avocado

1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamon

1 tsp maca powder

1 cup hemp milk

(optional: 2 scoops of your choice of protein powder)

garnish: black sesame seeds and toasted coconut.


Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a one or two serving bowls, garnish with toppings and enjoy!


IMBODHI Creamy Chai Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl

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