Rise and shine with a delicious Smoothie Bowl recipe! Smoothie bowls are a great breakfast idea that pack in nutrients, fruit, and veggies.
In this post, we’ll teach your how to make a smoothie bowl plus share our top 3 smoothie bowl recipes that you will love!
We are such big fans of both smoothies and smoothie bowls that we eat them year-round even when it’s 0ºF and freezing during our Minnesota winters.
There’s something about eating a thick smoothie with a spoon AND being able to call it a meal!
What is a smoothie bowl?
A smoothie bowl is a smoothie eaten from a bowl instead of consumed from a cup. The biggest difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl is that smoothie bowls have toppings such as granola, seeds, and dried fruit, whereas normal smoothies don’t.
Are smoothie bowls actually healthy?
Homemade smoothie bowls are healthy because you can make them without any added sugar, ice cream or, frozen yogurt.
Instead, our healthy homemade smoothie bowls are made with a base of frozen fruit and then have different nutrientpacked add-ins such as greens, nut butter, seeds, and almond milk.
café smoothie bowl tip!
Beware that the kind of smoothie bowls you can buy in a cafe might come loaded with extra sugar because oftentimes they’re made with pre-made, processed purees.
So just make sure to ask if the smoothie bowl you are buying is a “real fruit smoothie” or a smoothie bowl made with real frozen fruit.
Smoothie Bowl Health Benefits
Since now you know that a smoothie bowl is essentially a smoothie with toppings, here are some health benefits of smoothie bowls.
Nutrient Dense: Because smoothie bowls are made with such nutrient dense foods like frozen fruit, greens, seeds, and nuts, they pack in a mighty amount of nutrients and antioxidants.
Packed with Protein: in pretty much any smoothie bowl recipe, you can easily sneak in a serving of protein powder to really amp up the protein intake of your meal. Check out our top protein powder recommendations.
Fruits & Veggies: we all know that smoothie bowls are made with the base of fruit, but you can easily sneak in a serving of veggies too! Our top 3 are: spinach, frozen cauliflower (just do it!), and kale.
Easily Vegan & Gluten-Free: Since most smoothie bowls are made from whole foods, they are easily vegan and gluten-free friendly.
Kid-Friendly: what kid doesn’t love a meal that tastes like dessert?! Smoothie bowls are an easy way to get your kids to eat fruit and veggies!
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl (in 3 steps)
I’m telling you, all the smoothie bowl recipes on Fit Foodie Finds can be put together in less than 10 minutes. Here’s how to make a smoothie bowl in just 3 steps:
Assemble Smoothie Base:
Step 1 is to assemble the ingredients you want in your smoothie bowl. We recommend following any of our smoothie recipes, but you can also make your own. Here’s a good rule of thumb when putting together your own smoothie:
- 2 cups frozen fruit (strawberries, bananas, avocado, mixed berries, mango)
- 1 cup liquid (milk or juice)
- 1 teaspoon seeds (chia or ground flax)
Obviously there are many other things you can add into your smoothie base such as nut butter, protein powder, dates, and greens, but the above recipe is a good starter for your base!
Now it’s time to blend your smoothie. Simply transfer all of your ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.
You may need to stop and scrape the sides a few times to make sure everything gets blended properly.
Quick tip: your blender matters! No one likes large chunks of kale in their smoothie, so investing in a high-quality blender is always a good idea. Check our our favorite below!
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Once you’ve blended your smoothie, pour it into a bowl and now the fun part begins. TOPPINGS! You can pretty much top your smoothie bowl with anything and everything you have in your kitchen. Here are some ideas for smoothie bowl toppings:
- fresh fruit
- nut butter
- dried fruit
How to thicken a smoothie bowl (2 options)
Accidentally make your smoothie base too thin? No fear! Here we’re sharing our top 3 tips on how to thicken a smoothie bowl.
- Add more frozen fruit – simply add more frozen fruit in 1/4 cup increments until thick.
- Add protein powder – protein powder will definitely help you thicken your smoothie, and add protein too! We recommend around 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup.
- Ice –> last resort.
Green Smoothie Bowl
Green smoothie bowls are a great way to eat your breakfast and your greens too! This recipe is made with our favorite green smoothie recipe and sneaks in nutrient-dense foods like avocado, spinach, and cauliflower, but we promise you can’t taste them.
- frozen avocado
- frozen banana
- frozen cauliflower
- Medjool dates
- almond milk
Toppings: dried coconut, fresh strawberries, and chia seeds.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl
This Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl is actually made from the base of our most famous smoothie recipe – Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie! The pb + banana combo is just the best. It’s like you’re drinking dessert!
- frozen banana
- Greek yogurt
- ground flax seeds
- vanilla extract
- all-natural peanut butter
- almond milk
Toppings: sliced banana, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter
This Strawberry Smoothie Bowl is made with our classic Strawberry Smoothie and I know you will just adore it. All you need are 5 ingredients and then delicious toppings such as granola, fresh strawberries, and bananas.
- frozen strawberries
- nonfat Greek yogurt
- orange juice
Toppings: granola, sliced strawberries, sliced banana
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl
- 1 medium frozen avocado
- 1 cup packed spinach
- 1 cup sliced frozen banana ~1 medium banana
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower florets
- 3 pitted Medjool dates
- 1.25 cups unsweetened almond milk or more, to taste
- Toppings: 2 tablespoons dried coconut flakes 1/4 teaspoon, chia seeds, and 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
- 1.5 cups whole frozen strawberries
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup 100% orange juice or more, to taste
- Toppings: 1/4 cup granola 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, and 1/4 cup sliced banana
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen sliced bananas ~2 medium bananas
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or more, to taste
- Toppings: 1/3 cup sliced banana 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Place all ingredients for your chosen smoothie bowl flavor in a high-speed blender. Start with half the amount of liquid and go up from there depending on how thick you like your smoothies.
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides as needed. Add more liquid to thin your smoothie bowl out.
- Transfer smoothie into 2 bowls and top with favorite toppings.
Tips & Notes
- Each smoothie above serves 2. The topping recommendation is per smoothie bowl.
- Nutrition information was calculated using the strawberry smoothie Bowl.