Make These Turon-Inspired Smoothie Bowls and Help Indigenous Communities Plant Trees

May 30, 2019

The Philippines’ rich tropical and agricultural landscape makes for a greatly diverse environment—one that feeds into an equally mixed set of cultures. MAD (Make A Difference) Travel, a social tourism enterprise, aims to connect people of different backgrounds and perspectives. They partner with indigenous communities to organize fun, meaningful, and sustainable travel experiences.

They dropped by the Pepper studio to teach us how to make smoothie bowls and plant trees at the same time (sort of). This simple recipe uses langka and saba, of which the seeds of the former you can rinse, dry, then send to Seed Nation, a project of MAD Travel. They bring the seeds to indigenous communities around the country to plant, helping locals with food security, livelihood, and climate change resistance.

So really, the healthy, comfort food-inspired treat (that’s photogenic AF #hashtag) is only a bonus here. You can even switch up the fruits depending on the season; but bear in mind that it’s best to use local ones, such as atis, rambutan, lanzones, and santol, among others. Save your fruit seeds!

Turon-Inspired Smoothie Bowls

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy



  • 2 cups saba
  • 2 cups langka
  • 2 cups crushed ice


  • Langka
  • Saba
  • Granola


  1. Chop the langka into small pieces, setting the seeds aside along the way.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Chop the saba into small pieces.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Place crushed ice, langka, and saba into a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer to a bowl, then top with pieces of langkasaba, and granola.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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