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Best Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls are SO easy to make in only about 5-minutes! They are versatile and can be made with many different combinations of ingredients and toppings.

fruit smothie bowls in white glass bowls topped with blueberries, banana, strawberries, and walnuts

I have become seriously obsessed with smoothie bowls and the wide variety of ways to make them. They are so versatile, and the only limitation is your imagination.

I love smoothie bowls because they’re…

  • Naturally sweet
  • Fruitilious
  • Full of fiber and nutrients
  • Super quick
  • Healthy
  • Delicious

What are smoothie bowls?

The first time I ever heard of smoothie bowls was when I was teaching the Physicians Committee’s Food for Life classes to a large group of students at Wofford College in South Carolina back in 2018.

The students asked me if I knew what these frozen berry bowls of wonder were, and I had to tell them that I had no idea and had never even heard of them. But, this group of young folks had definitely piqued my interest.

Come to find out, smoothie bowls are just smoothies that are poured into a bowl instead of a cup and then topped with an assortment of artfully placed fruits, nuts, and other toppings that make them look beautifully delicious.

overhead shot of smoothie bowl topped with berries and bananas

Are smoothie bowls good for weight loss?

Smoothie bowls can be a good source of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein, but they can quickly turn into a high-calorie sugar bomb if you’re not careful.

How healthy these frozen bowls are really depends on the individual ingredients you put in them, and we are not talking about eating a bowl every single day either.

If you grab a smoothie bowl at one of the many smoothie and juice stands popping up nationwide, chances are very good that they are loaded with extra calories and sugar and won’t be helpful with weight loss.

Many commercially made smoothie bowls are made with sugary fruit juices and topped with high-fat items like peanut butter and chocolate chips which will add inches to your waist instead of help take them off.

When made at home, where the control of ingredients is completely in your hands, these fruity bowls can be made in a much more health-promoting way.

collage of different fruits layered

Healthy smoothie bowl ingredient options

As I mentioned earlier, there are a wide variety of ingredients that can be used in these smoothie bowl recipes. That means this is a great opportunity to take the healthy route and get some extra fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants in your diet.

Below is just the ingredients for making the smoothie portion in a blender, and we’ll talk about topping options next.

  • Any combination of frozen fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, mango, pineapple, cherries, and anything else you might think of.
  • Banana
  • Dates
  • Flaxseed
  • Greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, and others
  • Frozen peas (not kidding, you can’t even taste them)
  • Plant milk such as almond or soy

Smothie tips

Simply add ingredients to a blender and blend on low until smooth, adding more plant milk as necessary.

Stop blender and stir if necessary, but adding a little more liquid can help the process.

I have noticed that when I use a fresh (rather than frozen) banana and place it in the blender first, before the frozen fruit, my blender has a much easier time mixing the ingredients.

Including 1/4 cup of frozen green peas is a terrific way to add protein and you can’t even taste them.

Though I haven’t tried it yet, someone told me that including a little arugula adds an amazingly unexpected flavor.

Smoothies are best when eaten immediately. If allowed to sit in the refrigerator, they will begin to separate. Stirring helps but, in my opinion, they don’t taste as good.

They can be frozen. Just remember to defrost before attempting to eat or you’ll break your teeth, lol.

smoothie bowl ingredients in blender before and after blending

Smoothie bowl topping options

This list of smoothie topping options is only a starter. There are many different ingredients that could be added, but this list should help ignite your creativity.

  • Slices of strawberries
  • Fresh berries such as blueberries or raspberries
  • Kiwi
  • Hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flaxseeds
  • Walnuts, almonds, or pecans
  • pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Granola
  • Oats
  • Ezekiel cereal
  • Raisins
  • Coconut flakes

Minimalist Baker has a granola recipe on its site called Easy Oil-Free Granola that is a great topping option in these smoothie bowls.

smoothie bowl with blueberries, strawberries, and banana beside green napkin and spoon

Other great fruity desserts

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fruit smothie bowls in white glass bowls topped with blueberries, banana, strawberries, and walnuts

Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Yield: 1 smoothie bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Smoothie Bowls are SO easy to make in only about 5-minutes! They are versatile and can be made with many different combinations of ingredients and toppings.

Ingredients

Smoothie Bowl Options

  • 1 heaping cup of frozen fruit (see options above)
  • 1/2 ripe banana frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup plant milk such as almond or soy
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • greens of your choice (optional)

Topping Options

  • Slices of strawberries
  • Fresh berries such as blueberries or raspberries
  • Kiwi
  • Hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flaxseeds
  • Walnuts, almonds, or pecans
  • pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Granola
  • Oats
  • Ezekiel cereal
  • Raisins
  • Coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Add frozen berries, banana, and plant milk to blender. I have found that using a fresh banana instead of frozen help the blender to run more smoothly.
  2. Blend until creamy and the consistency desired.
  3. Pour into bowl and top with any of the listed ingredients above or others.
  4. Best when eaten immediately. These will freeze, just make sure to allow to defrost some before diving in.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 1.1gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4.8gSugar: 16.2gProtein: 1g

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bilberryelf

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

Great suggestions! It was fun to see you include frozen green peas as an ingredient - I do that sometimes, but I actually l o v e to use them as a topping even more - when they're still frozen, they are so crunchy and nice! I also like celery inside for an interesting flavour component. Not to mention raw broccoli stalks! Fennel seeds are great too. I also find frozen zucchini and frozen (steamed) cauliflower to be great to add more "bulk", and why not "sneak" in more veggies when we can (not that I mind eating them as they are) :) Love all your recipes, and all the work you do <3

Terri Edwards

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

What great ideas! I will certainly be giving the frozen peas as a topping a try. Thanks so much! :)

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