Smoothie bowl…AKA one of the best foods in the whole wide world. A smoothie bowl is essentially a cross between a healthy smoothie and a giant tub of ice cream. A really good smoothie bowl is THICK, CREAMY, LUSCIOUS, SWEET, and most importantly, TO DIE FOR.
A smoothie bowl is a staple of any fitness/healthy lifestyle instagram account. Seriously. I remember when I first started my instagram, the few accounts I followed featured smoothie bowls, protein bars, sweet potatoes, and oats. But of all the foods, smoothie bowls were, and still are, the most beautiful. Food is meant to beautiful, and this food definitely is. i love seeing people get so creative with the bowls, because it really speaks to a person’s personality and artistry. It sounds weird but it’s true!
Okay, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I just wanna give you guys all the good information so you can go and make your own amazing smoothie bowls, eat them, and then start crying of sheer food joy. So here we go, all of my smoothie bowl tricks an tips.
In general, there are 6 essential parts to a great smoothie bowl
- Frozen Banana – the banana is unlike any other fruit. When frozen and blended, it’s consistency is incredibly creamy and soft. If you’ve ever had banana nice cream, you know what I’m saying! In a smoothie bowl, it thickens, sweetens, and gives a creamy consistency. Make sure it’s frozen.
- Frozen Fruit – berries, mango, peaches, pineapple, etc. These fruits will sweeten the smoothie bowl, provide nutrients, make it cold and refreshing, and add great flavor. My favorites are frozen blueberries and frozen mango.
- Liquid – as little liquid as you can possibly manage. I use coconut milk, almond milk, or rice milk in my smoothies. Coconut milk is the thickest, and I would suggest using unsweetned, because the fruit will provide enough sweetness for the whole smoothie!
- Yogurt – as I’ve always preached on here and on Instagram, 2% OR WHOLE MILK YOGURT IS THE WAY TO GO. Flavor is better, texture is better, and it provides amazing richness for a smoothie.
- Nut Butter – come on….it’s nut butter! You can’t go wrong. Adding a tablespoon or two of all natural almond butter will bring the richness of this smoothie bowl to the next level. Almost like ice cream. I recommend almond butter, not flavored in any way.
- Protein Powder – this is not a must, but it can help. I’ve found that adding half a scoop of protein powder to a smoothie bowl can make it incredibly creamy. I use a vegan protein powder, but any will work fine. Just make sure it’s one you use often and trust, because sometimes protein in a smoothie can get grainy. In general though, some protein powder will make that smoothie bowl softer and smoother.
A couple more tips on MAKING that smoothie bowl…
- Less Liquid = thicker smoothie bowl
- High powered blenders are often easier and more effective. They can make the smoothie bowl creamy beyond belief!
- Avoid ice cubes if possible, they will ruin the consistency of the smoothie bowl by making it sort of rough and grainy
- Top with whatever you want! There’s no rules, no regulations. Just whatever sounds good that day.
My fave combos
Banana, mango, vegan yogurt, vegan protein powder, frozen blueberries, spinach, coconut milk
Banana, almond butter, coconut milk, cacao nibs, vegan protein powder,
Banana, mango, peach, pineapple, vegan yogurt, almond milk