Healthy Smoothie Bowl

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How to make a healthy smoothie bowl with frozen berries, banana and lots of yummy toppings. It’s thick, creamy and easy to eat with a spoon.

I know many people find it impossible to have a smoothie as a meal because they need something to chew. I used to feel the same way, but I found a solution and it’s called a smoothie bowl!

Grab your spoon and dive in!

Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter.

With a smoothie bowl, you get all the loveliness of a smoothie – cool, creamy and delicious. But you pour it into a bowl and top it with lots of goodies so there’s a little texture and more importantly, something to chew on.

What is a Smoothie Bowl?

A smoothie bowl is as simple as it sounds… a smoothie in a bowl! If you’re sick of enjoying smoothies from a glass, switch it up and eat it out of a bowl instead! Smoothie bowls are typically thicker and topped with a variety of toppings for added texture and flavors.

Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?

For the most part, yes… especially if you’re making them at home! You can pack a ton of nutrients into one meal with a smoothie bowl and they make a great, well-rounded breakfast or healthy snack. Here’s why I love smoothie bowls:

  • High in fiber – Thanks to all of the fresh fruit (and veggies if you add!) this smoothie bowl is high in fiber.
  • Packed with protein – I added in protein powder to make this a full meal! If you think smoothies aren’t filling… think again!
  • Dietary preference friendly – this smoothie bowl is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!
Ingredients for a smoothie bowl with labels.

Ingredients Needed

The ingredients used to make a smoothie bowl can vary, but the base is typically always frozen fruit (or veggies)! Hre are the main ingredients I use to make my ultimate healthy smoothie bowl:

  •  frozen banana – frozen banana helps thicken the smoothie and adds a little sweetness. If you don’t like banana, you can try swapping for frozen avocado chunks, frozen mango or even frozen zucchini for the thickener. If you use the avocado or zucchini you may need to add a little maple syrup, dates or honey for extra sweetness.
  • protein powder – You can use vanilla or chocolate protein powder! I recommend Nuzest protein powder. (Use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.)
  • frozen berries – any frozen berries will do. My favorite options are frozen strawberries, blueberries and/or cherries. You can also use a bag of mixed berries
  • unsweetened almond milk – any dairy-free milk (or regular milk) will work here!
  • almond butter or peanut butter – any nut butter you can sub for sunflower seed butter if you have a nut allergy.
Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter. Surrounding the smoothie bowl are little bowls of berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter and granola. Hand is sprinkling granola onto the top of the smoothie bowl.

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:

  • fresh banana – slice fresh bananas for added sweetness!
  • fresh berries – I like using a combination of strawberries and blueberries but any fresh berry works! You can also do freeze dried berries
  • granola – want to add some texture to your smoothie bowl? Add crunchy granola on top! Try my hemp granola or this almond coconut granola.
  • almond butter or peanut butter – can’t go wrong with a little extra nut butter drizzled on top.
  • chia seeds – add in healthy fats, fiber and texture with chia seeds.
  • coconut – mmm add toasted coconut or shredded coconut for added sweetness and crunchy!
  • chocolate – make this more of a dessert and add some chocolate chips or melted chocolate drizzled on top. You could even do a homemade magic shell!
Blender with frozen banana, berries and almond butter.

How to Make Your Bowl Thicker?

Nothing is worse than a melty smoothie bowl that’s hard to eat with a spoon. If you blend up your smoothie and are wishing it was thicker, here are some things to try:

  • Add frozen fruit or veggies – yep, adding more frozen fruit or veggies will help thicken your smoothie. I like adding frozen zucchini or frozen cauliflower rice! They add any flavor but thicken the smoothie right up!
  • Add protein powder – adding a scoop of protein powder will not only add protein but will help make your smoothie thicker.
  • Add avocado – add a quarter or half of an avocado when blending for an instant thickener!
  • Add chia seedschia seeds absorb liquid and will make your smoothie thick like this blended chocolate chia pudding.
  • Use less liquid – this won’t necessary fix a liquidy smoothie, but it’s something to remember next time you make a smoothie bowl!
  • Add xanthan gum – I don’t use this ingredient often, but if you’re looking to instantly thicken up a smoothie bowl xantham gum works. Just know that a little goes a long way so start with 1/2-1 teaspoon.
Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter. Spoon is in the smoothie bowl.

More Smoothie Recipes to Try:

Healthy Smoothie Bowl

5 from 18 votes
How to make a healthy smoothie bowl with frozen berries, banana and lots of yummy toppings. This smoothie bowl is perfectly thick, creamy and easy to eat with a spoon. 
Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana, chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 scoop (25 grams) vanilla protein powder (I like Nuzest), optional
  • 2 Tablespoons – ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter or peanut butter

Toppings

  • 1/4 of banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries, I used strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon granola
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Blend: Blend all of the smoothie ingredients together in a high powdered blender until smooth.
    Blender with frozen banana, berries and almond butter.
  • Add toppings: Pour into a bowl and top with toppings.
    Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter. Surrounding the smoothie bowl are little bowls of berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter and granola. Hand is sprinkling granola onto the top of the smoothie bowl.
  • Serve: Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl without toppings Calories: 183kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 13g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 274mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 13g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoothie bowl

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    43 comments
    1. Molly
      June 10, 2021 AT 8:53 am

      5 stars
      This was a great dinner to have after going to the dentist (I couldn’t chew so I skipped the granola). I made it with Trader Joes Very Cherry Berry blend, Tera’s vanilla whey and almond butter. I highly recommend adding 1/4 tsp almond extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract – it really takes the flavor us a notch!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2021 AT 2:12 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this smoothie bowl, Molly. Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Annick
      June 8, 2021 AT 10:42 am

      5 stars
      Delicious morning treat! Used frozen mangoes instead of banana in the smoothie and it worked great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:17 pm

        Yay! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Annick!! Thanks for trying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Regina
      June 7, 2021 AT 12:23 pm

      5 stars
      So yummy and refreshing on a super hot day! I didn’t have any granola but the butter and fruit was so good. Definitely will be making this again!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:21 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this smoothie bowl, Regina! Thanks for trying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Lara Rogers
      June 7, 2021 AT 1:44 am

      5 stars
      This smoothie bowl was so fun, I loved eating it with the crunchy granola on top. This recipe kept me going until lunch. I used soy milk and peanut butter and it turned out so well!! Thank you:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 10:54 am

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie bowl, Lara. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

    5. Amanda
      June 5, 2021 AT 11:50 pm

      5 stars
      A tried and true fav! I swapped in coconut milk and yogurt and it’s so creamy, dreamy and delish! My fav breakfast and hot weather snack. Thanks EBF!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 11:04 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie bowl, Amanda. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

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