Located in a bright, colourful warehouse full of produce, Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is an oasis of fresh, vegan and mouthwatering acai bowls, smoothie bowls, smoothies and raw treats….
Green Bees Organics is a café you know you’ll come back to after just the first visit. It’s a café where you feel comfortable staying to read your book or chat to the friendly staff while you sip on your delicious smoothie or enjoy a nutritious meal.
I had driven past Green Bees Organics a few times and wondered why I hadn’t noticed the charming green café before. That’s because this wholesome West End café is only three months old, though you honestly can’t tell — the organic, gluten free and dairy free menu is fresh & refined, the staff are easygoing, and the meals are seriously spot on.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Bees Organics offers health-conscious and food-intolerant folk a place where they can delight in fresh, nourishing food & drinks that are gloriously tasty.
For brunch lovers like myself, their all day breakfast menu items include Zucchini Omelettes served with Beetroot Hummus + Greens; Poached Eggs, Avocado + Baby Spinach on grain free toast; and Vegan Pancakes served with hazelnut ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries — heaven!
Green Bees Organics also offers lunch & dinner meals such as a Lamb, Pumpkin + Cashew Open Pie; Sweet Potato Chips; and a Vegetarian Open Pie with kidney beans + pumpkin — as well as a fridge full of fresh salads, raw cakes and vegan cupcakes. For my first brunch at Green Bees Organics I ordered the Açaí Bowl as well as the Protein Punch smoothie, which was packed with banana, cacao, raw protein powder, chia seeds and vanilla. The flavour brought back fond childhood memories of drinking Milo, and I was overjoyed that I’d come across a nutritious alternative.
And because I clearly can’t help myself, I ordered a raw vegan Chocolate Slice. No regrets here, it was damn tasty.
As for the açaí bowl, it was divine — Green Bees do not mess around when it comes to açaí bowls. Not only was the açaí thick and delicious, but it was beautifully decorated with slices of banana, apple, shredded coconut, chia seeds, heart-shaped strawberries and not one but TWO layers of chocolate granola. Just as I thought I’d eaten my way through the granola on top, I found another generous layer buried beneath.
With nutritious, delicious food and a beautiful green + recycled wood decor (complete with cute succulents and plants), Green Bees Organics has quickly become one of my go-to healthy Brisbane joints.
Breakfast is without doubt my favourite meal of the day. I just delight in mornings a great deal, and I relish my routine and the vital energy mornings bring: slowly waking up with the familiar twitters of birds, opening the curtains and inviting the sun in as it drenches the bedroom with its brilliance, drinking my morning green tea outside in the sun while reading my novel, and going into the kitchen to create something nourishing and wholesome to break the fast.
My everyday breakfasts include oatmeal/porridge, overnight oats/chia seeds/buckwheat, greek yogurt with homemade granola, and banana pancakes – always topped with an abundance of seasonal fruit, chia seeds, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cinnamon and nut butters.
Açaí is something I had read about and wanted to try, and so when I eventually bought some açaí powder from iHerb.com and it arrived on my door step, I was excited to try something new. The açaí bowl was the first thing I made with the powder and it’s a breakfast I’ve made several times since.
This breakfast is refreshing, light and energising, but I realise not everyone can (or, understandably, will want to) get their hands on this expensive superfood. So if that’s the case, just remove this ingredient and add something else you enjoy, because recipes are made to be altered to suit the cook and this smoothie bowl can be just as delicious without the açaí. I hope you enjoy this breakfast whichever way you choose to prepare it.
Makes 1 big bowl:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp of açaí powder
- 1 1/2 cups of frozen berries (I love using blueberries and strawberries)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of almond milk (or coconut water, other nut milk)
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- toppings of choice, including but not limited to: granola or muesli, sliced banana, apple, berries, shredded coconut, goji berries, chia seeds, buckwheat groats, dried fruit and nut butter.
Blend the first 5 ingredients in a high-powered blender until it forms a thick, ice-cream like consistency. If 1/4 cup of almond milk is not enough and the mixture is too thick, slowly add more. Transfer to a bowl and finish by adding your desired toppings. Then grab a spoon and dig in!