Next time you’re in a smoothie rut, change it up and blend one of these smoothie bowl recipes! They’re basically a free pass to play with your food, and you can go wild with the toppings. Smoothie bowls are my favorite party trick when my kids have friends over. It’s better than boring old yogurt and similar enough to vegan ice cream to scratch that sweet tooth.
I’ve got ten smoothie bowl ideas to get your mind on a roll. If you’re looking for a fun one for girls’ night, check out my hot pink Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl. If you want a fresh take on brunch, blend up the Maple Green Smoothie Bowl and the Tropical Smoothie Bowl then load up the table with toppings galore (and invite me over)!
Smoothie bowls are a great way to nourish and hydrate your body quickly. I love smoothies, yet sometimes I like to eat my snack or breakfast with a spoon and a little crunch. That’s where smoothie bowls like this Fruit Smoothie Bowl or the Maple Oat Smoothie Bowl come in.
As long as you get the consistency right, there’s no wrong ingredient to toss in, just like with green smoothies!
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I’m sharing my ten favorite smoothie bowl recipes, along with some pretty epic smoothie bowl ideas that will have you running for the kitchen today.
11 Smoothie Bowl Recipes
Many people start their love for these fun blends with an açaí bowl they found on vacation or at that fun new smoothie shop in town.
The idea is similar to these, yet they are made with 100% real, whole food ingredients and no fillers or added refined sugars. They taste amazing and will hopefully spark your imagination to create the smoothie bowl ideas of your dreams.
How to Get the Perfect Blend
Unlike regular green smoothies that blend into a liquid fairly easily with my no-fail smoothie formula, smoothie bowls will remain thick in the blender and might take a little muscle. This is my method for blending:
- Add all the ingredients to the blender, then turn up to the highest speed to start the blending process.
- 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, then stop the machine and use a spoon or spatula to push the fruit back towards the blade and blend again. Be patient. This can take a few minutes to get everything blended. Thick is good, so avoid adding extra liquid.
- Once blended smoothly, scrape into bowls. Now, the fun part: adding the toppings.
The Best Toppings
While your smoothie bowl ideas can take you in any direction topping-wise, my favorite toppings are a combination of protein, healthy fats and juicy fruit. While you feel like you are spooning out ice cream, you can still add healthy ingredients to maximize the benefits of the natural fruits you just blended:
- Protein: gluten-free granola, sliced almonds, hemp hearts, chia seeds
- Healthy fats: almond butter (or other nut butter), shredded coconut
- Juicy fruits: kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple
- Extras: cacao, bananas, cinnamon, goji berries, freeze-dried fruit, shaved chocolate
- Natural sweeteners: maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, banana slices
I love toppings that can pull double-duty. My healthy granola recipe tastes amazing and adds crunch, protein and healthy fat! Coconut whipped cream provides healthy fat and that extra bit of sweetness that is the cherry on top. Mixed berries (fresh or frozen) add a pop of color along with a load of antioxidants.
Easy Smoothie Bowl Boosters
My smoothie bowl recipes are already great, but there’s always room for more! If you want a more filling recipe then you’re going to want to add on. Here are a few easy ways to do just that:
I like using my homemade protein powder as it is virtually tasteless and adds an additional 10 grams of protein to any recipe. It can also act as a natural thickener, so you may need to add just a bit more liquid after putting in a serving of this powder.
Speaking of liquid, you can change up your liquid base depending on what you want in your blend. I love using almond milk or oat milk since they are fairly easy to find. Coconut milk brings a tropical flavor to any bowl while hemp milk is more subtle and super creamy. Find the non-dairy milk that works best for you.
Easily boost a bowl using nut butter or seed butter. I love adding a scoop of peanut butter to my bowls either during the blending or swirling it in right before I dig in.
Superfoods can easily bump up the nutrition and more. Try some flax seeds, spirulina or cacao depending on what nutrients you want to see.
Tips For the Perfect Bowl
We’ve all seen the beautiful açai bowl creations at smoothie bars, with their vibrant colors, fascinating swirls and fresh toppings. You can achieve this at home. I’m serious! Here are my tips for the smoothie bowl ideas of your dreams.
- Start with a strong blender game. That’s right! A high-powered blender allows you to blend these ingredients into a lusciously smooth final product. Plus, most of these machines come with a tamper to help you push down the ingredients during blending to keep the blades moving.
- Use frozen ingredients. Whether you buy them frozen or freeze your own, these frosty fruits are what help make that sorbet-like texture you want. Learn how to freeze bananas and how to freeze spinach to help facilitate this.
- Use natural thickeners. Foods like chia seeds, hemp hearts, avocado, frozen bananas and nut butter naturally thicken your bowl while blending so you get the scoop-able finish you’re looking for.
Smoothie bowl Recipes FAQs
There are several things you can do to make your smoothie bowl nice and thick. First, use frozen fruit. Second, start with a small amount of liquid and only add more when your blender blades stop turning on their own. Third, use ingredients like chia seeds, hemp hearts or nut or seed butter to help naturally thicken the blend.
Just like with regular smoothies, smoothie bowls can be good for you if you put the right stuff in them. Use only whole food, plant-based ingredients to start. Stick to unsweetened dairy-free milk or water as the liquid base to avoid the added sugar from fruit juice. Add in protein powder, leafy greens or superfoods to boost the nutrients, protein, healthy fats and fiber in your bowl. Top with nuts, seeds and fruit for a delicious and nutritious finish.
It’s not totally about the kind of liquid you use and more about how much liquid you use in a smoothie bowl. If you are using fruit with high water content like melon or citrus, hold off on adding extra liquid unless you need it to get your blender blades moving. Otherwise, a bit of dairy-free milk or even water will work great in your bowl. Choose the liquid based on what flavors you want.
Now that you’ve learned all my best tips and tricks, let’s get blending!
Which one of these recipes has you running for the kitchen? Drop a comment and let me know!