Smoothie bowls are just what they sound like, a thick and velvety smoothie you eat in a bowl. Why not a glass? Because smoothie bowls are loaded with delicious toppings! That’s what sets them apart from regular smoothies, and the best part is you can decide what goes in the smoothie bowl and on top. We’ll show you the basics for an easy smoothie bowl recipe which is rich in fiber to allow good digestion and will keep you full for hours. Smoothie bowls – like this one – can also help boost immunity and improve heart health. Here’s how you make a basic smoothie bowl.
5-Part Smoothie Base
In a blender, combine the ingredients . See recipe below for more details.
- 1 banana. Bananas practically beg to be used in smoothie bowls because they offer a creamy texture plus natural sugar. For the thickest smoothie bowl, keep a zip-top bag of chopped bananas in your freezer. (Tip: To prevent clumping, freeze sliced bananas on a sheet pan first. Then, transfer into a freezer-safe container.)
- 1 cup ice. Ice is a natural thickening agent, which you want to keep your smoothie bowl very rich and cold. Or, use your ice cube tray to freeze coffee for a caffeinated smoothie bowl.
- ½ cup leafy greens. Power up your protein with leafy greens, like baby spinach. Don’t worry! Baby spinach hardly has any flavor at all, but it IS packed with vitamin D for strong bones and increased energy, among other serious health benefits.
- ½ cup milk. Use dairy milk, oat, almond, coconut, etc. Any milk works. You need a little moisture to liquify the smoothie bowl, plus milk offers a powerful hit of protein. Not a fan of milk? Use coconut water – but, look for one without tons of added sugar.
- 1 cup frozen fruit (optional). This is where the color comes in (not to mention major Vitamin C)! Use peaches or pineapple for a soft greenish hue (from the spinach) or go for purple with blueberries. Any fruit of any color works beautifully. Just be sure to use frozen fruit here for the coldest, creamiest smoothie bowl.
Enjoy your smoothie bowl cold by getting your toppings organized ahead of time. And once that creamy goodness comes out of the blender, find yourself a cereal-sized bowl. Pour in the smoothie and top it with any combination of these super healthy foods:
- fresh berries
- sliced peaches, plums or apricots
- seeds: hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin
- nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews
- homemade granola
- coconut flakes
Smoothie Bowl Recipe by EatLove
Rise & Shine Smoothie Bowl
1 c coconut water
1 avocado pitted + peeled
2 c spinach
2 tbsp chia seeds
2c frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 c raspberries
1/4 c unsweetened coconut flakes
- Blend coconut water, avocado, spnish, chia, and pineapple in a blender.
- As needed, stop blending and use a wooden spoon to push the ingredients closer to the blade and add a few teaspoons of water to reach desired consistency.
- Add to bowl.
- Top with raspberries and coconut flakes.
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