How To Make Smoothie Bowls

Hi guys!  How was your weekend?  My friend Nina and I tried a restaurant and brewery called Hoof Hearted that just opened a location across the street from our apartments on Friday night, then I returned to my hermit ways yesterday and today.

Today’s post is about how to make smoothie bowls, or thicker versions of smoothies served with toppings and eaten with a spoon.  Or, as I think of them, a way to trick yourself into thinking you’ve eaten ice cream when you actually haven’t.  Instead of specific recipes, I’ve just listed the components and offered some ideas of what to include –  almost any combination of flavors and ingredients will work.  I like to add a teaspoon of xanthan gum before blending for extra thickness – you can pick it up at Target.

blueberry smoothie bowl 2

Frozen bananas and blueberries blended with V8 Blueberry Pomegranate juice and topped with bananas, dark chocolate-covered blueberries, chia seeds, and vanilla-blueberry granola

1. Start with a Base

Blend your base ingredients for just a few seconds at a time to ensure the mixture remains thick and creamy.  I usually make my smoothie bowls with fruit and almond milk, but you can also try adding greens, nut butter, or protein powder in this step.  The following proportions work well:

  • 4 parts frozen fruit + 1 part juice or milk (or coconut water, lemonade, etc.)
  • 3 parts frozen fruit + 1 part yogurt
  • 3 parts frozen fruit + 1 part yogurt + 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 3 parts frozen fruit + 1 part greens + 1 part juice or milk (This is actually a guess – the more something tastes like liquified kale, the less it probably tastes like ice cream).

I like to soften my frozen fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute before adding it to the blender.

juices 1

mango smoothie bowl

Mango and pineapple blended with mango lemonade and topped with strawberries, coconut chips, white chocolate chips, and rainbow sprinkles

2. Add Fresh Fruit

3. Add a Crunchy Topping

Include more of these ingredients for a heartier smoothie bowl, less to keep it lighter.  I picked up everything in the picture below at Target.

smoothie bowl toppings 1

4. Add Some Bird Food

Not really, but I see a lot of smoothie bowls that incorporate various types of nutrient-dense seeds and berries…which can also be expensive and calorie-dense.  I don’t count calories, but I see these things kind of like taking vitamins or supplements – you don’t necessarily need them if you already eat a reasonably balanced diet.  Here are a few you could try, though:

  • Chia seeds: good source of omega fatty acids, protein, and fiber
  • Goji berries: good source of vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, and amino acids
  • Flax seeds: good source of omega fatty acids and fiber
  • Acai berries: good source of fiber and protein
strawberry blueberry smoothie bowl

Strawberries, blueberries, vanilla Greek yogurt, and almond butter topped with strawberries, white chocolate chips, and vanilla-almond granola

Any tips you would add?  Happy Sunday 🙂

I’m linking up with Erin and Katie today.


13 thoughts on “How To Make Smoothie Bowls

  1. Elaine

    I like using spinach as the greens. Pretty tasteless, but nutritious, and adding some avocado gives a creaminess to the “ice cream”. Enjoy.

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