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How to Make a Smoothie Bowl – Your Delicious and Quick Breakfast

We’re all very busy, and it’s hard to make time for anything extra let alone healthy food preparation, especially not on a busy morning!

Most healthy foods require more preparation than just pulling out a yogurt cup or opening a package of pop tarts to eat on the go.


The beautiful thing about smoothie bowls is that they are quick and easy to make, while being super healthy.


Who can say no to breakfast or snack that can be personalized for you and tastes just like a dessert?


Read on to discover the tips, tricks, secrets and recipes that will make you a perfect morning or after workout treat.

Healthy smoothie bowl with toppings

Smoothie Versus Smoothie Bowl

You may be wondering what’s the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl. There are actually two differences.


One is that the mixture your smoothie bowl consists of is thicker than what you’d drink through a straw in a typical smoothie. There’s more of a thicker consistency that will be closer to a frozen yogurt than a drink.

The second difference is the toppings. Most smoothies that you drink don’t have a lot of pieces of thick material that you need to chew because that would be a choking hazard. Plus, these types of thick ingredients tend to get stuck in the straw which takes away the enjoyment of the whole smoothie experience.

Smoothie bowls embrace adding toppings to up the taste, and add health benefits from the ingredients. There are no limits when it comes to what you add to your smoothie bowl.

What You’ll Need for Your Smoothie Bowl Preparation

What you need to make a smoothie bowl

There are a number of things that you'll need for a quick and easy smoothie bowl prep.

1. Blender


One of the most important things that you’ll need for your smoothie bowl preparation is the blender.


The bottom line on smoothies is that a good quality blender will make your prep a breeze and ensure that all of the ingredients are blended in a delicious uniform texture without chunks.

2. Ingredients


You’ll also need to gather up all of the ingredients that you’ll use for the smoothie itself and the different toppings that you’ll kick things up a notch with for your taste buds.


Each of the recipes included can be used as guidelines to help you to find the smoothie bowl taste that’s just right for you and your family. You may find that you’d rather use almond milk or whole milk, and so on.

The fun thing about smoothies of any kind are the substitutions that you can make to ensure that they work for your taste (or diet).

3. Eating Utensils


Finally, you’ll need your bowl and spoon to enjoy every last drop of your smoothie bowl concoction.


If you’re looking to save time with the preparation, you can blend the base in the evening or afternoon when you have more time, and store it in a container in the refrigerator where you can add your fresh and dried toppings later on.

Mason jars with lids are a great option for when you want to store your blend in the refrigerator overnight to enjoy on the go the next day.


One thing to keep in mind is that you can add some lemon juice to the smoothie to help it retain its freshness, and add a little extra kick of flavor.

Selection of Different Smoothie Bowls

General Smoothie Bowl Preparation

1. In general, you’ll want to take your recipe ingredients and blend them in the blender of your choice. If it happens to have a smoothie button, you can use that setting to get your bowl started right.

2. For smoothie bowl, as opposed to a smoothie beverage, you’ll want to have just enough liquid ingredients in your mix to help the smoothie blend up nicely - but not too much liquid.


If you find that your blender is getting bogged down with the ingredients, add a little more of the liquid that you’re using to help it mix easier.

3. You want the blend to be thicker since you’ll be eating it with a spoon.


If you notice that your smoothie bowl has more of a liquid consistency, you can add some of your other ingredients to give it a thicker consistency, such as adding a bit more yogurt or fruit.


For a complete guide on how to make your smoothie thicker or thinner, click here.

4. Pour your smoothie mixture into the bowl, and then add in your toppings to your taste.


Voila, your smoothie bowl is complete, and you’re ready to enjoy it at any time of day. You may feel as though you’re eating a sundae, but this is one guilt-free treat.

Smoothie Bowls for Beginners


Hopefully by now you’re really excited to start making your own smoothie bowls, and I’ve got 2 great recipes that are perfect for getting you started:

Easy Mango Smoothie Bowl

This breakfast smoothie bowl gives you a little taste of the tropics!

It’s fresh and light, and the ingredients work really well together.

Easy Mango Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ large mango (peeled, chopped and frozen beforehand)
  • ½ banana (frozen beforehand)
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Just pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings of your choice into the bowl.

Toppings of your choice: berries, flaked almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds are great additions for this smoothie bowl.

Classic Breakfast Smoothie Bowl Recipe

This classic breakfast smoothie bowl recipe is sure to get you out of bed in the morning and ready for the day. You’ll be so excited to have breakfast in the morning that you won’t want to hit snooze on the alarm.

Smoothie Bowl Party

Serving size is one large smoothie bowl or two smaller portions.​

Ingredients

Bowl Base

  • 1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Fresh Fruit of Your Choice
  • ½ Cup Baby Spinach

Bowl Toppings

  • ½ Banana Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Kiwi Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Granola or Honeyed Oats

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Just pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings of your choice into the bowl.

For this smoothie, you’ll pair the nutritional powerhouse of Greek yogurt with the benefits of your selection of fresh fruit. You’ll honestly think that you’re eating a cup of your favorite fro-yo at an upscale shop rather than a smoothie bowl you created at home without having to weigh it.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe

This dragon fruit bowl is sure to blow your mind with how great it tastes, and how many different fruits pair well with it.


If you’ve never had dragon fruit also known as pitaya before, you’re in for a treat. Many describe it as close in taste to kiwi, and it’s very delicious.

Serving size is one large bowl.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

Bowl Base

  • 1 Packet Dragon Fruit Puree or 1 Cup Cut Dragon Fruit
  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Optional: 1/2 cup strawberries

Bowl Toppings

  • 1/2 Banana Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Blackberries
  • 1/4 Cup Kiwi
  • 1/4 Cup Granola or Honeyed Oats

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Just pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings of your choice into the bowl.

No matter what you call this fruit, it offers a great base for your smoothie bowl and adds a fun color to it.


This pitaya smoothie bowl recipe tastes amazing and offers just the right amount of sweetness through the blend and the toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This can be a great snack choice for kids after school or a reward after a hard workout.

Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe

You may have seen those machines that turn bananas into frozen yogurt and thought that was a great idea. Well, you don’t need one of them to make this banana smoothie bowl. Anyone that loves strawberry banana flavored anything will love this smoothie bowl idea.

Serving size is one bowl.

Ingredients

Bowl Base

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Kale
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk

Bowl Toppings

  • 1/4 Cup Berry Blend
  • 1/2 Cup Granola

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Just pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings of your choice into the bowl.

This is a highly adjustable recipe that you can switch up to make it more banana-ish by adding banana yogurt rather than vanilla or turn it into other great banana mash-ups based on your taste.

Chocolate syrup may be a great way to turn this into a version of a healthy banana split. Your family is sure to go ape over this recipe.

Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl Recipe

You may have noticed that the recipe bowls on this list have a tendency to opt towards the fruit side of things, but take a page out of the V-8 playbook, and incorporate both vegetables and fruit in a drink that can please even the pickiest eaters. Not everyone likes spinach and other greens, so this is a great way to mask the taste while getting the benefits.

Serving size is one bowl.

Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

Bowl Base

  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (for non-dairy, substitute with unsweetened almond mik)

Bowl Toppings

  • 1/4 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • Handful of Dried Shredded Coconut
  • Handful of Hemp Seeds
  • Handful of Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Just pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings of your choice into the bowl.

While this smoothie bowl will take on a green color, you’ll be surprised at how it doesn’t scream out salad smoothie to you when you take a sip. The coconut water, banana, and the pineapple work well together to remove the spinach taste that most would turn their noses to, and will turn your pickiest eaters into fans.

Party Time: Smoothie Bowl Bar

If you have kids or health conscious friends coming over for a party at your house, you may want to consider offering a smoothie bowl bar.

You can set up a table with a variety of pitchers filled with different smoothie bowl base recipes with little placards stating what is in each blend. Around each of the pitchers, you can then put out bowls of all of the fun toppings that your guests can enjoy.

These toppings can run the gambit of being extra healthy to cheating on diets a little. Researchers are always finding out ways that chocolate can be more beneficial to our health than ever before, and that makes this sweet treat even better.

Classic Breakfast Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Putting out toppings in bowls gives your guests the opportunity to pick and choose which tasty tidbits they want to add, and how much they want to add. Often, there are some people that will love a particular set of flavors together while another will be repulsed by the same set of flavors. This makes it possible to please everyone.

This level of personalization is sure to make your smoothie bowl bar the talk of your party.

Ingredients That Work Great in a Smoothie Bowl

The great thing about smoothie bowls is that there isn’t one of these recipes that are set in stone. You can try a wide variety of things based on your personal taste, and keep experimenting.

Additional ingredients not listed above that you may want to try in your smoothie bowl experiments includes:

  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Leafy Greens
  • Mango
  • Pomegranates
  • Berries
  • Peaches​

Ingredients That Don't Work Well in a Smoothie Bowl

Added Sugars

Stevia, maple syrup, and honey might be too much to add to the already existing natural sugars in the fruits you’ve added to your smoothie.


Taste your smoothie without, and then go in to add sweeteners if you find it’s still not to your taste. Chances are you might enjoy without adding more sugar.

Bitter Greens

Some greens like dandelion or mustard greens are too bitter for your smoothie to taste great. If you really want to add these types of greens, you may want to try adding a very small amount and using other tastes that will help to block it in a similar fashion to the Green Goddess.

  • Store-Bought Fruit Juice: Your smoothie bowl will get plenty of punch from the fruits you’re adding, so store-bought fruit juice is not a good add. It’ll add more sugar than you need for your recipes.

Toppings You Should Try

In addition to the topping ideas in the recipes, some additional toppings you can try includes:

  • Fresh Fruits and Berries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Bee Pollen
  • Goji Berries
  • Cacao Nibs​

Additional Recipe Ideas

Peanut or Other Butters - This can be blended into a nice variety of smoothie bowl recipes. A great variation would be to use your choice of nut butter or sunflower butter, a whole banana, and vanilla yogurt.

Acai Berry - Acai is a very powerful antioxidant that researchers have found to potentially assist with blood sugar and cholesterol, but more research needs to be done. This can be either blended as part of the smoothie bowl base, or you can use as part of the topping.

Cooked Oatmeal - Oatmeal is another popular dish that’s making a comeback as a healthy breakfast treat, and you can combine your love for smoothie bowls with oatmeal. This is a filling duo that will be sure to power up your morning routine.

Avocado - This is one smooth and creamy addition if you’re looking for ways to improve on your smoothie bowl consistency. While this is perfect for green smoothies focusing more on veggies than fruits, you can try it out with your more fruit based smoothie recipes.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. You may find your favorite go-to recipe, but things can get old easily, so mix it up every now and then.
  • Depending on which recipes you’re using, you may want to start off by blending one ingredient at a time. This may make it easier for your blender to cope with the amount of food that’s being added, especially when you’re trying to make enough for your whole family to enjoy.
  • You may also want to consider the order you add your ingredients. You should layer it with the liquids towards the bottom where the blades are, soft item next, and at the top should be your frozen fruits or ice.
  • Don’t forget to add spices. Some of these recipes can be taken up a notch if you add a little vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, or clove to taste. All that’s needed is a small dash so that you don’t overpower all of the other flavors.
  • Nuts and seeds are also great additions to your smoothie bowls. You can even hide some of the seeds inside of the smoothie bowl base if you’re worried that your children will balk at them. Chia seeds and hemp seeds are both great for hiding.
  • Fresh herbs like mint can also taste great when added to your smoothie recipes. You can either blend them into the base or artistically add them to the toppings on your bowls.
  • Coconut oil is another touch to your smoothie bowl base that can add a nice touch of coconut flavor and creaminess while imparting some healthy benefits. When cool, this oil is rather thick and can be mixed up nicely in a number of smoothie recipes.
  • You may also want to consider freezing your fresh fruit or purchasing frozen fruit if you’re unable to find fresh. This can add a nice thickness to your smoothie recipe. Most blenders are up to dealing with frozen fruit, but you may want to add it slowly depending on the quality of your blender.
  • Give your veggies some love, too. The Green Goddess Recipe is a good start, but there’s more you can do with veggies. You can add some spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and other vegetables to your favorite smoothie recipes. You’ll definitely want to blend the harder vegetables first before adding in the other ingredients.
  • Try to find fun ingredients at your local farmer’s market. This is a great place to find smoothie bowl ingredients that you know will be fresh. Plus, you may find some more exotic fruits and veggies to try out for your base or toppings.

There’s a Catch...

As with everything that tastes great, there’s a catch when it comes to your smoothie bowls.


The catch is that depending on the ingredients in the bowl base and the toppings that you add, you’ll need to keep in mind the amount of natural sugars and calories that occur naturally in these foods.

This is still a very healthy treat that mimics dessert, but moderation can be key.


You may want to note all of the ingredients that you add to your typical bowl, and do a quick calculation as to how many calories you’re getting in your meal.

You may be well within a reasonable range with your smoothie bowl choices, but there’s the possibility that you may be adding more to your daily intake than you realized.


This will better help you to determine if you need to slim down your smoothie bowl or adjust the amount you eat at other times of the day.

Conclusion

The bottom line on smoothie bowls is that they are delicious, quick to make, and easy to personalize for your own tastes.


If you don’t like one ingredient, you can always throw in another that is more to your liking. Not sure if any of the recipes really work for you?


You can even make up your own recipes based on what flavors you like to put together.


Smoothie bowls are just the perfect way to reward yourself with something healthy that tastes like a divine dessert.

Are you a big fan of these smoothie bowls? What is your favorite ingredient blend? Are you planning on starting with one of these yummy treats?


Be sure to share your story below so others can enjoy the recipes that you’ve been loving. You don’t want to keep your smoothie bowl tips secret 🙂

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Fiona - a day ago

I love making smoothie bowls 🙂 I’ve been adding nuts and seeds to mine but I like the idea of using granola too. Time to do some experimenting I think!

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Mandy - 3 weeks ago

I love smoothie bowls! I started making them a while ago and they’re so filling. Loving your ideas 🙂

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Mandy! Great that you’re already on board with the wonders of smoothie bowls 🙂 Hope you like these recipes if you’re going to try any of them out!

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Jamie - last month

I love this idea! Why have I never thought of it before?! I’m definitely trying out a few smoothie bowls for my breakfasts … they sound awesome!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 3 weeks ago

    Glad to introduce you to smoothie bowls, Jamie! Pretty sure you’ll love them as much as we do 🙂 There are so many great combinations you can put together to make your smoothie even more filling!

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