This green smoothie bowl is packed with frozen mango, banana, spinach, avocado and loaded up with your favorite toppings. It’s thick, creamy and easy to eat with a spoon.
While I love the convenience of a green smoothie I can take on the go, lately I’ve been drawn to making smoothie bowls and this green smoothie bowl with spinach is one of my favorites!
If you’re new to smoothie bowls, they typically have a much thicker consistency, are eaten with a spoon and topped with a variety of toppings for added texture and flavors. The fact that you’re eating the smoothie bowl with a spoon (and chewing the toppings) helps slow down the eating process, promotes digestion and makes the smoothie more filling.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
I already have a few different smoothie bowl recipes on EBF already, but I think you’re going to love this one. Here’s why:
This bowl is totally customizable – feel free to switch up the smoothie ingredients and get creative with the toppings.
It comes together in no time at all… just add everything to a blender and blend until smooth! Pour it into a bowl and add your toppings. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast or snack!
The thick consistency and sweetness almost makes it feel like your eating soft serve ice cream.
frozen mango – mangos are low in calories, but packed with important vitamins and minerals. They’re high in antioxidants as well as several vitamins, including Vitamin C which can help boost your immune system.
frozen banana – the frozen banana helps thicken the smoothie and adds a little sweetness. Check out my guide for how to freeze bananas, which has lots of tips and tricks! If you don’t like bananas, see some of my suggestions below for how to make this smoothie bowl without the banana.
coconut water – I like using coconut water since it’s packed with electrolytes, but you can use regular water or any type of milk instead.
baby spinach – spinach is a really mild leafy green chock full of calcium so you’ll get the benefit of the greens without a strong taste! You can use fresh or frozen here! And of course, you can always switch up the greens and use another green like kale or swiss chard if desired.
avocado – avocado adds so much creaminess to this smoothie bowl and some healthy fats. Pro tip: you can use frozen avocado chunks to make this smoothie bowl extra thick!
chia seeds – adds more healthy fat and fiber to the smoothie. Flax or hemp seeds would work as well.
Green Smoothie Bowl Variations
Don’t love bananas? You can try swapping the frozen banana for frozen peaches, more frozen mango or even frozen zucchini or cauliflower. If you use the zucchini or cauliflower you may want to add a little maple syrup, medjool dates or honey for extra sweetness.
Swap the mango: Don’t have frozen mango on hand? Frozen pineapple or peaches would be a good substitute.
Use a different green: If you don’t have spinach on hand any leafy green like kale would work well.
Add protein: Want to add protein to this smoothie bowl? Add some Greek yogurt, protein powder or nut butter!
Use a different liquid: Feel free to use plain water for the liquid in this smoothie bowl. Almond milk or coconut milk would be my next go-to’s, but any type of milk will work.
Add flavor enhancers: Add even more flavor to this smoothie bowl by adding a pinch of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla extra.
The Best Part = Toppings
Okay, this is the fun part and the options are truly endless here! Get creative with your smoothie bowl toppings. Here are some of my go-to toppings:
banana – banana lovers, add banana slices on top!
kiwi – kiwi slices pair perfectly on top of this bowl. Fresh mango, peaches or really any fresh fruit would also be delicious!
berries – I like using a combination of fresh raspberries, strawberries and/or blueberries, but any combo of fresh berries work!
chia seeds – add in healthy fats, fiber and texture with more chia seeds on top. Flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds would be a good substitute.
shredded coconut – I love adding shredded coconut or toasted coconut for added sweetness and crunch!
nuts – nuts add the perfect amount of crunch to smoothie bowls. I prefer walnuts, cashews or almonds.
How to Make Your Smoothie Bowl Thick
Smoothie bowls are meant to be super thick and scoopable with a spoon! Using frozen fruit and a small amount of liquid will help ensure your smoothie bowl ends up nice and thick.
One thing to note is that thick smoothie bowls are much easier to make with a high-speed blender that can process frozen fruit easily. These blenders typically come with a tamper, which is critical for pushing the ingredients around without the need for additional liquid. I’ve found that my Vitamix blender works great for smoothie bowls like this one, but it’s definitely an investment. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, check out the Ninja Foodi smoothie bowl maker.