Smoothie Bowl (3 Ways)

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These Healthy Smoothie Bowls are a refreshing & nutritious breakfast/snack idea with endless variations. Make them with with any frozen fruit

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Smoothie bowls are a fun way to eat your smoothies. They are thicker than smoothies, loaded with nutrients and so fun to make with endless combinations and topping ideas. These three smoothie bowl recipes are made with frozen fruit and are a colorful treat you can enjoy for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. You’ll love these vegan smoothie bowls that are high in protein and fiber!

3 types of smoothie bowls garnished with fresh fruit

Healthy smoothie bowls are a great way to start the day or eat something light and nutritious for lunch, dinner, or as a snack. Many people tend to make homemade smoothie bowls because they actually prefer the texture of eating their smoothies with a spoon rather than drinking a smoothie out of glass. It’s totally up to you and your preference!

what’s the difference between Smoothie bowls and smoothies?

The big difference is that you eat them versus drink them. Regardless of how you put it together, smoothie bowls are a great alternative to regular smoothies because you can bulk them without worrying about being able to drink them through a straw.

And the fun part is adding toppings with different textures and tastes.

why you’ll love These Frozen Fruit smoothie bowls

  • Easy to make – They take 5 minutes to put together and there’s usually no prep involved aside from washing produce if needed.
  • Nutrient dense – Because they’re loaded with fruits, vegetables and superfoods like chia seeds and hemp seeds, smoothie bowls usually have a good amount of protein and fiber
  • Versatile – They are easy to adapt to your personal taste or what you have on hand.

Ingredients to make healthy smoothie bowls

  • Frozen Fruit: Frozen fruit gives your smoothie bowls a nice thick and icy texture.It eliminates the need to add ice cubes to the blender which can dilute and make the fruit watery.
  • Liquid: I like to use a non-dairy milk in smoothies. The flavor of coconut works really well but almond, oat or soy will all work too. Coconut water is also a great choice and you can use dairy milk if you prefer.
  • Toppings: The toppings is where you can add a hit of protein. Chia seeds, hemp seeds and coconut flakes all work really well. Sliced fruit is also a great addition.

how to make a smoothie bowl

Since there are three different types of smoothie bowl recipes here, we’re breaking down each one so you can easily try them all!

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with blueberries

  • Add the strawberry banana smoothie ingredients into the blender and blend well. 
3 image collage to show the ingredients for making strawberry blueberry smoothie bowl, then in blender before and after blending
  • Add to a bowl and add your toppings of choice. 
Strawberry blueberry smoothie bowl topped with berries

Mango Smoothie Bowl with bananas

  • Add the mango banana smoothie ingredients into the blender and blend well. 
3 image collage to show the ingredients for making mango banana smoothie bowl, then in blender before and after blending
  • Place into a smoothie bowl of your choice and add toppings. Enjoy!
Mango banana smoothie bowl topped with fruit and nuts

sweet green Smoothie Bowl

  • Add the healthy green smoothie ingredients into the blender and blend well. 
3 image collage to show the ingredients for making sweet green smoothie bowl, then in blender before and after blending
  • Once everything is combined, add to a bowl and add on the smoothie toppings of your choice.
Sweet green smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit

toppings for smoothie bowls

  • Fresh fruit: Even though these smoothies are made using frozen fruit, fresh fruit is great as a topping. Fresh berries, sliced bananas, chopped up oranges, and any other type of fruit that you want to use is great.
  • Dried fruit: Dried cranberries and chopped up dried dates can add a pack of sweetness fast. Adding dried cherries is also a great way to get a boost of tartness.
  • Nuts: Go “nuts” adding nuts. I like adding sliced almonds or even a few crushed up peanuts on top. Sunflower seeds are also a great addition as well.
  • Seeds: Sunflower seeds are also a great addition as well.
  • Chocolate: Mini chocolate chips can be a great choice or even some shaved chocolate right on top.
  • Muesli: Adding this on top gives a nice texture and flavor to the smoothie bowl. It also pairs nicely with the nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit.
  • Granola: Give your bowl a bit of crunch and add a handful of granola!

tips for making smoothie bowls

  1. Freeze your own fresh fruit. It’s convenient to buy frozen fruit, but whenever you have some overly ripe fruit, think about storing it in the freezer to have available for smoothie bowls. I especially love doing this with bananas!
  2. Add a sweetener. I do not usually add any sweeteners to my smoothie bowls because I use ripe bananas and sweet fruits like pineapples and apples, for example. However, depending on the sweetness of the fruit you use and your taste you may want to sweeten the smoothies. Honey or maple syrup are great natural sweeteners.
  3. Use a strong blender to minimize adding too much liquid. I make my smoothies in my Vitamix. It has a “frozen” button so it does all the work for me until the ingredients are well blended.

HOW TO MAKE SMOOTHIE BOWLS THICK

If you want your smoothie to be thicker, you can omit a tad bit of the liquid and rely more on the frozen fruit.

how to store leftovers

Store any leftovers in a mason jar with a lid. They will last for 24 hours, but I recommend consuming them immediately after making them. If the smoothie settles while in the fridge, just use a fork to mix everything together again.

Frequently asked questions

Will this be filling enough for breakfast?

These smoothie bowls are a great way of getting a healthy portion of fruit into your diet before you’ve even started the day! All of the recipes are vegan, have no added refined sugar, and have a good helping of fiber. You may need to add more protein though for a more satiating meal.

Can you freeze smoothie bowls?

I recommend that you enjoy these bowls as soon as you’ve made them, but you can prep ahead and freeze them once you’ve made them if you like. Make the smoothies and then freeze them in ziplock bags. Let the smoothies defrost in the fridge the night before and then add to your bowl with your favorite toppings.

Does ice make smoothies thicker or thinner?

I don’t recommend adding ice to these smoothies. It can be hard to get the “ice chunks” out and they’ll also make it watery possibly, too. If you want to thicken, add more frozen fruit. If you want to thin out the smoothie bowl, add in a bit more of the coconut water or use a splash of almond milk.

3 smoothie bowl varieties

Healthy smoothie bowls are one of my go-to breakfasts on busy mornings. Kids love them just as much as the grown-ups and they are so easy to make. If you’re ready for a boost of flavor in the morning, these easy DIY smoothie bowls are the best!

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This Smoothie Bowl recipe was originally published on January 14, 2018. The recipes for the three bowls have been updated slightly and now include more step-by-step photos.

Smoothie Bowls

These Healthy Smoothie Bowls are a refreshing & nutritious breakfast/snack idea with endless variations. Make them with with any frozen fruit
5 from 149 votes
Servings 3
Course Smoothie
Calories 299
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Mango Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana cut into slices frozen
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

Sweet Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana cut into slices frozen
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup spinach loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Instructions

  • For any of the smoothie bowls, add all the ingredients together in a blender and blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth. Stop the blender from time to time to scrape down the sides if needed. If it is too thick or not blending well, you can add 1 tablespoon of liquid at a time.
  • Taste and adjust the flavor as needed, by adding sweetener of choice for added sweetness.
  • Scoop into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and granola. Serve immediately for best flavor and consistency.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in a mason jar with a lid. They will last for 24 hours, but I recommend consuming them immediately after making. If the smoothie settles while in the fridge, just use a fork to mix everything together again.
Substitutes: For similar results, follow the recipe as is. You can use any fruit and milk of choice though, with any super foods on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 49.9g, Protein: 6.3g, Fat: 11.4g, Saturated Fat: 6.2g, Sodium: 9.6mg, Fiber: 15.5g, Sugar: 28.8g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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3 types of smoothie bowls garnished with fresh fruit

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