How to make a smoothie bowl


Smoothie bowls are a great way to nourish and hydrate your body quickly. There’s no denying it: the days are longer and hotter— and I’m enjoying as much time outdoors as I can. Yet I also crave cold, sweet treats! Today, I’m going to show you how to make a smoothie bowl that is thick, creamy and simple to make over and over.

how to make a smoothie bowl

The Perfect Ingredients

The key to making an amazing smoothie bowl is getting it thick. To do that, you need to use frozen fruit and have a strong enough blender that allows you to push down the ingredients (aka: a tamper).

For this smoothie bowl recipe, we’re using:

  • frozen pineapple chunks: provides natural sweetness
  • frozen mango chunks: helps make it thick and creamy
  • coconut water: hydrating plus just enough liquid to blend
Tropical fruits from a market to make a smoothie bowl
Photo by Lei Ramirez via Unsplash.com

How to get the perfect blend

  1. Once you add all the ingredients to the blend, turn on high speed to start the blending process.
  2. Once the ingredients stop moving on their own, use the tamper through the top to push down the fruit to engage the blade again. If you don’t have a tamper, stop the machine and use a spoon to push the fruit back towards the blade and blend again. Be patient— this can take a few minutes to get everything blended.
  3. Once blended, scrape into bowls. Now, the fun part: adding the toppings.
How to make a smoothie bowl

Best toppings for a smoothie bowl

You can pretty much add anything to a smoothie bowl, but some of my favorite toppings are a combination of protein, healthy fats and juicy fruit.

  • Protein: granola, sliced almonds, hemp hearts, chia seeds
  • Healthy fats: almond butter, shredded coconut
  • Juicy fruits: kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple
  • Extras: cacao, bananas, cinnamon, goji berries

Now, that you’ve learned how to make a smoothie bowl, I hope you actually do it. This smoothie bowl is essentially a naturally sweetened sorbet made from frozen pineapple and mango chunks. It’s topped with dried fruit, fresh berries and coconut. When said like that, it sound pretty easy to make (and even tastier to eat!) Bon appetit!

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how to make a smoothie bowl

How to make a smoothie bowl

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Follow this step be step demo to make a smoothie bowl using plant-based ingredients. It’s a great way to nourish and hydrate on a hot summer day. 


Scale

Ingredients

Smoothie Bowl Base

  • 2 cups pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 2 cups mango chunks, frozen
  • 1 cup coconut water

Suggested Toppings:

  • fresh fruit
  • shredded coconut
  • nuts
  • dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Place frozen fruit into a blender or food processor. Pulse to chop the fruit, then add the coconut water. Keep pulsing until the fruit is further chopped, then becomes a thick puree. (Note: this works best in a food processor. If you’re using a blender, you may need to add more liquid or let the fruit thaw slightly so it blends more easily.)
  2. Divide the smoothie between two bowls.
  3. Add desired toppings.
  4. Serve immediately (it’ll melt fast!)

Notes

  • Allow fruit to thaw slightly for easier blending; reduce the amount of coconut water for a thicker smoothie.
  • Swap the pineapple and/or coconut for other frozen fruit. A banana will help make the smoothie extra creamy.

Keywords: smoothie bowl, pineapple smoothie, mango smoothie


Tags:    /   Categories: Cooking Tips, Plant-Based Diet, Recipes, Smoothies 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 7.19.2020 | COMMENTS: 12

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  1. Olivia says:

    I tried making one and I still can’t get it SUPER creamy… It’s like it takes me so long to blend it that my frozen fruit starts melting or something… Any tips? I love the flavors and recipes though!

  2. Dani Mitchell says:

    Like the others have said, this is pretty high in sugars for me. Yet I could totally see enjoying it after a long run when my body is depleted. I did try this recipe today and just made a smaller portion for myself to decrease the sugars- and it was perfectly filling with my toppings. Oh, and I also added Protein Smoothie Boost for some protein and it was still really tasty! Would love to see some low sugar smoothie bowl recipes.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Dani. Like I mentioned to a few other folks, there are many ways you can tweak this recipe to decrease the amount of fructose. Looks like you already did tweak it a bit for that reason. Also, the Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl (link on this page) has 29g sugar and the Cacao Dessert Smoothie Bowl (link also on this page) has a mere 13g sugar. And don’t forget, you can always take *any* smoothie recipe and turn it into a smoothie bowl. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Cohen says:

    39 grams of sugar in that smoothie bowl? No thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Jennifer. Pineapple and mango both have higher amounts of fructose than other fruits. (Fructose is much different than sucrose, which is found in refined sugar.) If you are looking to decrease the amount of fructose in your smoothie bowl, decrease the amount of higher-glycemic fruits you use and/or use only nuts + seeds for your toppings. Additionally, there are three other smoothie bowl recipes in this post that may appeal to you so def check those out.

  4. bev holman says:

    Seriously? 39 g of sugar in your smoothie bowl for breakfast, when the RDA for women is 25 g.
    Could you please give some recipes that are not so heavy on sweet fruit? Healthy is not high sugar no matter
    how good it may taste.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Bev. Pineapple and mango both have higher amounts of fructose than other fruits. (Fructose is much different than sucrose, which is found in refined sugar.) If you are looking to decrease the amount of fructose in your smoothie bowl, decrease the amount of higher-glycemic fruits you use and/or use only nuts + seeds for your toppings. You can also add veggies like spinach and cauliflower if you like. 🙂

  5. Shirley Carroll says:

    I have just found out my diabetes -> fatty liver -> cirrhosis = need high protein + 64 years old
    Do you have a smoothie for that? This is the last thing I thought I would be worrying about at my age…my 2 boys are so mad at me. Their dad died of a glioblastoma multiform4 in his left temporal lobe and they don’t want to be orphans. Guilt!
    Also I was thinking a better blender would be a good idea but I couldn’t find the “Vitamix” you were talking about. Sorry to pester you about that. I clicked the link but couldn’t find one under $300.
    I have list these foods as protein “hotties” but would like to add a suitable milk product…cannot have too much fat. * 1 cup peanuts: 41 grams of protein.
    * 1 cup pumpkin seeds: 39 grams.
    * 1 cup cheese (Swiss, mozzarella, Colby Jack): 36 grams
    * 1 cup tempeh: 34 grams
    * 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese: 28 grams
    * 1 cup oats: 26 grams
    * ½ cup tofu: 22 grams
    * 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt: 22 grams
    * 1 cup kidney beans: 21 grams
    * 1 cup white beans: 19 grams
    * 1 cup pinto beans: 19 grams
    * 1 cup lentils: 18 grams
    * 1 cup edamame: 17 grams
    * 1 cup lima beans: 15 grams
    * 1 veggie burger: 11 grams
    * 2 tablespoons peanut butter: 9 grams
    * 1 cup tofu yogurt: 9 grams
    * 1 cup cooked quinoa: 8 grams
    * 1 cup skim milk: 8 grams
    * 1/2 cup edamame: 8 grams
    * 1 cup soymilk: 7 grams
    * 1 egg: 6 grams
    * 1 tablespoon miso: 2 grams
    Sincerely, Shirley

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Shirley. We have some awesome smoothie recipes with plant-based proteins as well as an article about the best low-sugar fruits to use in smoothies. If you click on the “Recipes” link at the top of the page, you can enter certain key words into the Search bar and find some things that I think can really help you. I’d start by searching “protein” and also search “low sugar.” We have a delicious berry protein smoothie that combines the two and that could be a great one for you to start with. 🙂

      As far as the Vitamix sale… unfortunately, that has expired. But Vitamix often lists refurbished blenders on their site (so you could look into that) and we love to team up with them on sales and giveaways. Subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll be the first to know when we have another one!

  6. Erin says:

    Love how simple this recipe is. I’m gonna have to get some freeze dried fruit for topping!

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