This tropical smoothie bowl is bursting with flavors. It’s cold, deliciously creamy and just plain fun to eat. I love recipes where I have control over the flavors and this mango smoothie bowl is all about that. I’ve created a thick and creamy base for which you can build your tropical bowl. What more could you want from a plant-powered snack?
Smoothie bowls are a fun way to change up the daily smoothie routine. They are thicker so you can use a spoon, and you have the freedom to go wild with toppings! If you’ve got a little extra time on your hands and are ready for a beautiful snack then this tropical smoothie bowl is for you.
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Ingredients in a Tropical Smoothie Bowl
This bowl is super simple to make with only three base ingredients. I often add in a handful of leafy greens or a homemade protein powder to add in extra fiber, nutrients, protein and healthy fats. This is the base of my tropical smoothie bowl:
- Fresh Orange: This serves as a liquid AND a fruit… win-win!
- Frozen Strawberries: Frozen produce helps make a smoothie bowl thick and creamy. You can freeze fresh strawberries or grab some already frozen ones.
- Frozen Mango: I sometimes snack on frozen mango chunks; they’re just so good! They also add extra creaminess + sweetness in a mildly flavorful way.
This simple base sets the stage for a whole host of toppings, and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you.
Mango Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Here’s where the fun starts. Once you’ve poured and scooped out the contents of your blender it’s time to start the topping party. This is what I used to top my tropical smoothie bowl yet you can use healthy granola, seeds, nuts and whatever else you want for your own.
If I’m gonna go all out on a smoothie bowl then I need a great vessel from which to enjoy it. I love using coconut bowls to complete the beachy vibes this fun recipe gives. They are easy to fill and deep enough to hold a thick smoothie with a whole lot of toppings! What bowls do you use for your smoothie snacks?
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 kind of plant-based protein. This can be added to your base or as a topping. Seeds, avocado, plant-based protein power, coconut flakes, etc are all options.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl FAQs
Easy! My tropical smoothie bowl uses a fresh orange along with frozen strawberries and frozen mango, blended into a thick and scoopable ‘smoothie.’ It should be too thick to drink through a straw, about the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You may need to scrape down the sides of your blender a few times in order to get it smooth.
Start by adding just 1/4 cup of liquid from whatever smoothie recipe you’re using and blend the ingredients. It will be thick and you may need to shut off the blender to scrape down the sides a few times for a good result. If you’ve got a high-powered blender then just use the tamp that comes with the blender.
My tropical smoothie bowl uses orange, mango and strawberries as the base. Once that is blended until smooth, I scoop it into a bowl then top with kiwi, mango, pineapple, coconut flakes and fresh berries.
More Smoothie Bowl Recipes
While I may not be able to make a smoothie bowl on the daily, I do love a good treat every now and again. Here are my go-to bowls to enjoy:
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl: This one’s got the color and pizazz along with the naturally sweet goodness.
- Fruit Smoothie Bowl: Don’t let the color fool you, this is a rainbow bowl of flavor.
- Chocolate Smoothie Bowl: I love this for a quick dessert night; it’s incredibly delicious and creamy.
- Apple Maple Smoothie Bowl: Ring in Autumn with this gorgeous bowl.
- Acai Smoothie Bowl: My go-to Summer breakfast; super refreshing and the perfect bowl to top with freshly picked berries.
- Coconut Joy Bowl: No joke, this tastes like a candy bar… and it’s all fresh produce!
- Pineapple Smoothie Bowl: My kids love this bowl as an afternoon snack.
- Berry Smoothie Bowl: A super easy recipe to make and enjoy with the berries of your choice!
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Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- 1 orange peeled
- 1 ½ cups strawberries frozen
- ½ cup mango frozen
- ¼ cup water optional
- 1 serving homemade protein powder 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.
- If you want to lower the natural sugar from fruits in this bowl, add leafy greens or plant-based protein powder to up the fiber, protein and healthy fats.
- The toppings listed above are suggestions, feel free to top how you want. I love using fresh fruit, edible flowers, granola, nuts and seeds and more.