Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl

9.2.2019

This vegan smoothie bowl recipe was so much fun to create! It combines classic flavors + plant based ingredients for a delightful dessert.

Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl

If you love the taste of coconut, almond, and chocolate together, then this Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl will hit the spot! It’s made with 100% plant-based ingredients to fuel your body and give it the nutrients it needs to keep going strong.

Smoothie bowls are simply just smoothies in a bowl. But they are fun to eat because you can top them with just about anything your heart desires. Sliced bananas, crunchy toasted coconut, almonds, and cacao nibs top our vegan smoothie bowl. So much deliciousness in every bite!

Moving to a more plant-focused way of eating doesn’t mean sacrificing anything. You’re getting way more in return! Green smoothies are a great way to start your journey to eating more plants, and what better way than in a dessert? 😉

When we blend up this vegan smoothie bowl, we use a little less liquid than we do for smoothies we drink. Depending on your blender, you may even be able to duplicate a soft-serve ice cream texture – even better!

It all starts with spinach. Spinach is a leafy green super hero ingredient, and it boasts high amounts of iron, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. For any newbies out there, I can assure you that you can’t taste the spinach, just creamy coconut, chocolate, and almond with a hint of banana. Frozen bananas are often our go-to for vegan smoothie bowls because they yield a creamy texture. If bananas aren’t your thing, feel free to substitute frozen avocado. Nut allergy? No worries! You can substitute any seed butter for the almond butter, and use a nut-free milk like oat or hemp milk in place of the coconut milk.

Looking for more plant based desserts? Check out my Plant-Based Dessert Guide, with 40+ recipes that are incredibly delicious + powered by plants.

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Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl


4.6 from 23 reviews

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie bowl 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Blend up some plant-based goodness for a delicious, nutrient-rich dessert or snack. The flavors of coconut, chocolate, and almond come together quickly and simply.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 large banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Topping ideas: sliced banana, toasted almonds and coconut flakes, cacao nibs, maple drizzle

Instructions

  1. Place spinach and coconut milk into a blender. Puree until smooth. (Stop and scrape down sides as needed, especially if blender is on the larger side.)
  2. Add frozen banana and remaining ingredients. Keep blending, using a tamper, if needed, until fully blended. The texture should be like soft-serve ice cream.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with desired toppings.

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • Frozen avocado can be substituted for the banana, if desired. Add extra maple syrup, to taste.
  • Almond milk or another non-dairy beverage can be used instead of full-fat coconut milk.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

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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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Recipe rating

  1. Shauna says:

    For day 3 I tried the strawberry watermelon smoothie. Definitely not a favorite flavor (maybe I need sweeter fruit) and yet the ginger flavor was oddly addicting. As a first time green smoothie maker I am loving these recipes!

  2. Jemia says:

    Creamy Blackberry Smoothie…
    I made this smoothie into a meal replacement by adding oats and gave it a “super” boost with some ground flax seed. I think I may it like more with blueberries! It satisfied me like a meal would!!

  3. Shauna Meek says:

    As a first timer adding spinach or kale to my smoothie I was quite skeptical. Day 1 I started off with the Creamy Blackberry smoothie. To my surprise you don’t taste the spinach at all. This may not be my favorite smoothie as there are LOTS of seeds. I added a little agave syrup for a bit of sweetness. Can’t wait to try this with blueberries instead of blackberries!

  4. Jemia says:

    Strawberry Watermelon Blend…
    Strawberries and Watermelons are both on my list of favorite fruits! This was my first time making a smoothie with watermelons and it was refreshing! The fresh ginger was a nice addition too!

  5. Jemia says:

    My Citrus Vegan smoothie was easy to make and good to drink! The combination of oranges, pineapples, bananas, and mangoes wasn’t too sweet at all.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Strawberry Watermelon:
    It has a nice flavor. I didn’t have fresh ginger, but the powder worked. Since I used it as a meal replacement, I would have liked it thicker.

  7. Lois says:

    This was good. I left the cacao powder out.

  8. Diannie says:

    This recipe has too many calories for me.. What can I change to lighten to caloric load?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      The easiest way to reduce the calories in this yummy smoothie bowl is to swap out the full fat coconut milk for a different plant based milk instead. We’d recommend unsweetened almond milk, as it’s the lowest calorie.

  9. Ashley Corbin says:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s super tasty! I think my banana needed to be a little more ripe and possibly frozen to help keep it cool longer. I would definitely make this again!

  10. Jenni says:

    If you like this flavor combination you will like this smoothie. Not my favorite, but i don’t like the chocolate and peanut/almond butter combination in a smoothie. My husband does like it though.

  11. j says:

    Not a big fan of the coconut milk, but other than that, it was filling and had a nice flavor. Texture is important, so liked that too.j

  12. Deborah says:

    Absolutely delicious! It was like an almond joy in a bowl. I topped it with coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, more almonds and more syrup. I will definitely consume this again.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love those adds Deborah. Sounds like such a treat!

  13. Yasmin Medrano says:

    Can we save some for later on the freezer?

  14. Gigi says:

    Hi. Can the spinach be frozen? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You can get fresh spinach and freeze it ahead of time but we don’t recommend using store-bought frozen spinach. It often contains added salt and other unwanted ingredients. It can also give the smoothies a little bit of a weird taste.

  15. Deborah Kelley says:

    Hi,

    Do you have any smoothies that are carb friendly?

  16. Vanessa says:

    Everything about this looks delicious…it looks creamy and healthy with the appropriate touch of sweetness !! <3

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      We are so glad that you think so!!! Let us know what you think when you give it a try!!

  17. SHEILA BETH LANGLAIS says:

    This was so good. I highly recommend everyone making this smoothie bowl.

  18. Karen says:

    After reading this recipe I know what I’m making tonight!! That’s what I love about these daily blogs — I get a new fresh idea of how to use the ingredients I probably have in my frig!

  19. Efya says:

    This recipe is si filling and i love the coconut crunch feeling i got cause i used it as a topping. This will be my once in a week fill me up this month

  20. Chloe says:

    Our whole family has eaten this smoothie bowl 4 times since we saw this recipe! This is soooo delicious and I will 100% eat (slurp?!) this many more times in the foreseeable future.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!!! Love hearing that, Chloe!

      There is nothing better than the whole family enjoying a healthy recipe 🙂

  21. Kelli Racca says:

    I love how easy your recipes are to make, my boys love them too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Love that your family is joining in on our recipes too!!! 🙂

  22. sue says:

    Sounds lovely – can’t wait to make it (I need to purchase a few ingredients for this)!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sue!

      We hope you give this a try. Let us know what you think when you do!

  23. Valerie Rodriguez says:

    Since Almond Joy is my favorite candy, this is exactly what I need to satisfy that craving without all the sugar and other undesirable I ingredients! Once again, Rawkstar team, you have made me very happy!
    Rawk On!
    Valerie Rodriguez

  24. Lacey says:

    I am excited to try this recipe, especially as an alternative to ice cream.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Lacey,

      I have a feeling you are going to love this recipe! 🙂

  25. Julie S. says:

    I don’t do bowls, but may try this.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Julie,

      If you give this a try please let us know what you think!

  26. Belinda barnes says:

    I can’t wait to make this!!

  27. Melinda says:

    This is amazing! I cannot wait to try this out.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Melinda,

      I have a feeling you are going to love this!!

  28. Melanie says:

    This looks amazing! I will be making this as a back to school treat!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay!! This will be the perfect back to school treat 🙂

  29. Delicious! ❤️

  30. Rebekah says:

    This little looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it!

  31. Dani Mitchell says:

    Dang— this looks really good and filling! I could totally see having it for a hearty breakfast, which is why I love smoothie bowls (they actually fill you up!). Thanks for the new recipe to add to my arsenal for breakfast OR even for dessert.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Isn’t it amazing?!?! So glad that you love this smoothie bowl as much as we do!!

  32. Donna says:

    This looks delish! Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Tess says:

    My kids LOVE green smoothie bowls. I haven’t tried it with coconut milk yet though! Trying this for dinner! Whoo hoo!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      I love it with the coconut milk. It adds so much delicious creaminess to it 🙂

  34. Dawn Walker says:

    ****

  35. Olivia says:

    Maybe I’ll try this instead of a bowl of ice cream tonight?!

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