This tropical smoothie bowl is bursting with flavors. It’s cold, delicious creamy and just plain fun to eat. I love recipes where I have some control over the flavors (build your own veggies bowls) and this smoothie bowl is all about that. We’ve created a thick and creamy base for you to build your tropical fruit bowl with. What more could you want from a smoothie bowl?
All you need for this recipe is frozen mango, strawberries and a fresh orange. The frozen fruit is what thickens the smoothie so it can be more of a bowl (and toppings can sit on top instead of sinking into it). It helps to have a high powered blender since it takes more power to blend a thicker smoothie. Yet either way, just be patient as you blend, and stop and stir as needed.
Are tropical smoothie bowls gluten free?
Typically a smoothie is gluten free. Yet when you transform it into a smoothie bowl, you’re in control of this piece even more. Yet it’s very easy to make sure it’s gluten free. If you’re adding granola as a topping, make sure to use “gluten-free” granola.
How to make Tropical Smoothie Bowls
- Pick a Base
You can use any smoothie recipe as your base, yet the key is making sure it’s thick enough. I like to use 1/2 cup liquid (either coconut water or blending a whole orange will give you this). Then I’ll add 1 cup frozen fruit. Peaches, mango, pineapple are staples in my house. You’ll need to use your blenders’ “tamper” to push the ingredients into the blade. When making a thick smoothie, it takes more work on your end (but it’s so worth it!).
- Pick your Toppings
I’m all about variety when it comes to flavors and textures. So I like to use a mixture of kiwi, mango, granola, coconut flakes and berries. Yet there’s no right or wrong way to do this— just pick whole food ingredients that you enjoy.
- Balanced Bowls
To make sure you’re getting a balanced nutrition, try to include one healthy fat + 1 source of protein. This can be added to your base or as a topping. Seeds, avocado, plant-based protein power, coconut flakes, etc are all options.
Coconut bowls for smoothies
One of the ways to make healthy food more exciting is presentation. I get so much more satisfaction eating a tropical smoothie bowl out of a coconut bowl than any other bowl in my kitchen. You’re instantly transported to a tropical resort in the Caribbean when you do this… for just a fraction of the cost.Print