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.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1/4 cup water, optional
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries, frozen
- 1/2 cup mango, frozen
- 1 Protein Smoothie Boost, optional
- coconut flakes
- Place orange in blender followed by the frozen strawberries and mango.
- Blend, stopping to scrape down sides, until smooth. Feel free to add water to help it blend, yet you want it to be thick. The texture should be similar to soft serve ice cream.
- Transfer to a bowl and top with desired toppings.
- Nutrition information does not include fruit and other toppings, only the smoothie bowl itself.