Healthy green smoothie bowl with toppings

Creamy and Thick Smoothie Bowl

POSTED ON 1.7.2021

This Maple Cauliflower Smoothie bowl is a great way to add in more plant-based nutrients to your morning jam.

Snacks are often how I fuel my body throughout the day, and thick smoothie bowl is the ultimate snack in so many ways. The consistency is a bit like yogurt, so don’t be afraid to pile on the toppings, and turn this green smoothie bowl into the rawkstar of your next snack.

How to make a smoothie bowl

A smoothie bowl is literally just a thicker version of a smoothie, served in a bowl and then topped with goodness. Transform any of my smoothie recipes into a bowl by reducing the amount of liquid you use.

Let’s break it down:

A smoothie usually has 1 cup of liquid per serving, whereas a smoothie bowl has about 3/4 cup of liquid per serving. Here’s how I did it for this thick smoothie bowl recipe.

  1. Blend 3/4 cup liquid with 1 cup of leafy greens
  2. Add in 1 cup frozen fruit + frozen veggies
  3. If your blender has a hard time blending it up, then use the tamper to activate the blend
  4. Pour into a bowl
  5. Top this thick smoothie bowl with your fav toppings such as granola, diced fruit, and nuts
thick smoothie bowl recipe with apples

Plant based green smoothie bowls

I advise using only plant-based ingredients to get the best results, because plants give you more energy, less bloating, glowing skin and more. By swapping milk or yogurt for almond milk or other plant milk in recipes like this thick smoothie bowl, you can make a huge improvement in your overall health. Using whole food ingredients for the toppings as well, keeps this bowl clean + healthy, and yet still super delicious!

This incredible green smoothie bowl actually has cauliflower as one of the ingredients, yet I dare you to notice that it’s there! Cauliflower brings in fiber, folate, and vitamin C, adding to the host of healthy benefits in this snack.

The power of eating plant based

If you’ve always felt that dairy might mess you up or be causing you health issues, I suggest an elimination diet. With that, you remove dairy from your diet for at least 7 days and pay attention to the results. Yet I know how we all LOVE creamy smoothies— I’m right there! That’s why you should try this thick smoothie bowl today. It actually comes from my 7-day Thrive Reset plan.

My Thrive 7-Day Reset is a great 7-day protocol to use as a test. You’ll get daily green smoothie recipes, snacks and plant-based meals, that will help you feel your best. Honestly, you won’t even miss the dairy when you realize how delicious eating the Thrive meals can be! Make this thick smoothie bowl, then let me know if plant based eating might be something you can commit to for 7 days. If this recipe has you wondering what other kinds of recipes are in this reset, then check out some more creations below:

green apples in a smoothie bowl

My fav smoothie bowl creations

Smoothie bowls are a great way to enjoy smoothies, as well as a super fun way to help others discover + enjoy smoothies too! Here are some of my fav smoothie bowl combos (besides this thick smoothie bowl):

These can be dressed up or down, depending on your preferences. Eat them like a parfait, or just by the creamy spoonful.

Plant based toppings

I like the option of a smoothie bowl, because it gives me the freedom to load it up with toppings. Whether I use my famed granola recipe from my Fresh Start Autumn cleanse, fresh picked berries, or delicious super foods like cacao nibs or hemp hearts, the sky’s the limit with these fun snacks.

Does this sound like a good snack to you? What kind of toppings would you add to this thick smoothie bowl? Drop a comment and let me know, because I love hearing from you!

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Healthy green smoothie bowl with toppings

Thick smoothie bowl with cauliflower


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

Frozen cauliflower is one of my fav veggies to blend up– especially in this cauliflower smoothie bowl. It makes the smoothie super creamy, and you can’t even taste it! Not that I don’t like cauliflower, I just know it can be a scary smoothie ingredient until you give it a try!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup (250mL) spinach
  • 3/4 cup (186mL) almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup (250mL) cauliflower florets
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter 
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125mL) diced green apple
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add cauliflower, sliced frozen banana, almond butter, and maple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the blender if it seems to be getting stuck. The mixture will be thicker than a typical smoothie, but if your blender is having trouble, stop and add a little more almond milk, if needed. Feel free to double the recipe to make blending easier too.
  4. Serve by pouring blended mixture into a bowl. Top with 1/4 cup (125mL) diced green apple and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Enjoy!
  • Category: Healthy
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Keywords: thick smoothie bowl, green smoothie bowl, cauliflower smoothie bowl

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Teena Hagan says:

    Absolutely Delicious! Rich, thick and creamy!

  2. Megan says:

    Using frozen cauliflower that I assume has been blanched before being frozen must be the key. All I had was raw cauliflower, and I didn’t feel like cooking it, and it definitely left a bitter cauliflower aftertaste. The smoothie was pretty good initially even though I could taste the cauliflower a little bit, but if you leave it sit at all the cauliflower becomes more pronounced the longer it sits. I will go with cooked cauliflower if I ever try this again!

    • Holly says:

      I used frozen cauliflower in mine and didn’t taste it a bit, so maybe that is the key. Mine didn’t last long enough for me to see if the cauliflower taste got stronger the longer it sat 🙂

    • Teena Hagan says:

      Yes FROZEN is the key! Frozen cauliflower you hardly taste at all.

  3. Holly Couch says:

    Even though I’ve done the Thrive Reset several times now, I only just made this smoothie bowl a few days ago and Oh. My. Goodness. It’s one of my new favorites! I feel like I could eat this every day. I was a little skeptical about the cauliflower but trusted others who said you really couldn’t taste it – it was true! All I tasted was deliciousness and I think using coconut milk (I didn’t have almond milk) made it even smoother and creamier. 10 stars for this one!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Holly,

      I am so glad that you decided to give this recipe a try this time on our Thrive Winter Reset!! It really is so delicious and I am so glad that you enjoyed it 🙂

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