Ultimate Smoothie Bowl

Gah! Summer is almost here, which means it’s officially smoothie season. Woo-hoo!

I know many people say they enjoy smoothies, but find that it’s impossible to have one for a meal because they need something to chew. Well, I have a solution for you and it’s called a smoothie bowl!

The Ultimate Smoothie Bowl -- perfect for smoothie lovers that need something to chew on

Ta-da! Grab your spoon and dive in.

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.

The Ultimate Smoothie Bowl #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

I love serving my smoothies this way for several reasons:

  1. It reminds me of eating ice cream or fro yo and we all know how I feel about those things!! <3 <3 <3
  2. It takes longer to eat. <– I don’t know about you, but I can drink a full smoothie in less than 2 minutes. I just sip, sip, sip and before I know it my glass is empty.
  3. They look pretty.

The Ultimate Smoothie Bowl #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been on a smoothie bowl kick lately. Dragon fruit bowls are my new jam, but sometimes I like to keep it simple and make the type of smoothie bowl I’m sharing today with berries, banana chunks, protein powder, almond milk and a tiny bit of nut butter.

It’s such a good combo!

  • Using frozen fruit and only 1/2 cup of almond milk keeps the smoothie thick and perfect for serving in a bowl rather than a glass.
  • The chocolate protein powder makes it filling and a little decadent.
  • And the toppings… they’re the best part.

Since I’ve been serving the smoothie bowls for breakfast I’ve been sticking with healthier toppings such as fresh berries, banana slices, chia seeds, a little granola and nut butter. That said, feel free to go crazy with the toppings — your choices are only limited by what you have in your kitchen. Oh man, now I feel like a dessert version with a chocolate chips (or melted chocolate), peanut butter and toasted coconut needs to happen soon. Yum!

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Ultimate Smoothie Bowl


Love smoothies but don’t feel like you can have them for a meal because you need something to chew? Here’s your solution — pour your smoothie in a bowl and load it with toppings.


  • 1/2 frozen banana, chopped into chunks
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I love Sunwarrior)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter or peanut butter


  • 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


  1. Blend all the smoothie ingredients together in a high powdered blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with toppings. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 17g

 Do you like having a smoothie as your meal? Have you ever tried a smoothie bowl?

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Recipe rating

    1. Michelle Brooks
      July 5, 2020 AT 12:10 pm

      This was my first smoothie bowl ever! I had seen never made them but had wanted to try one. I used Vanilla Custard protein powder (Isagenix Tri-Protein) and added strawberries and raspberries on top with the banana and used KIND Vanilla Blueberry Granola and then chia. WOW it was AMAZING! I will be making this more often and experimenting with different protein powder flavors and mix-ins! I am so happy I tried this recipe! I would give it 10 stars if I could!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2020 AT 6:05 pm

        Ahh yay, this makes me so happy to hear, Michelle!! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    2. Arielle
      June 29, 2017 AT 2:31 pm

      this is absolutely fantastic! I had it for breakfast for the first time last Sunday, and ended up making it again for dinner a couple of nights ago when I was super hot from commuting and didn’t feel like eating a hot meal. It was so refreshing and filling! Can’t wait to have this again and again!

    3. Arielle
      June 23, 2017 AT 7:51 pm

      There are two kinds of Sunwarrior chocolate protein powder: classic and warrior blend. Which one do I buy???

    4. Green Press
      February 14, 2017 AT 2:47 am

      Love the way you decorated this smoothie bowl, looks so delicious and irresistible.

    5. taramdeal
      May 19, 2015 AT 12:30 pm

      Yumm! Looks so delish!

    6. anutritionisteats
      May 18, 2015 AT 10:44 pm

      Perfection. 🙂

    7. Megan @ Straight From The Jar
      May 18, 2015 AT 1:45 pm

      I sometimes have a hard time starting my day with a smoothie because I am the same! Sip, sip, sip and it’s gone. Growing up I was a cereal addict so this is the perfect alternative! Yum!

    8. adrian
      May 18, 2015 AT 4:22 am

      Looks yummy, nice share : )

    9. amanda
      May 17, 2015 AT 10:26 pm

      I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try the smoothie bowl. I’m like you, smoothies last me about 2 seconds.

    10. athleticavocado
      May 17, 2015 AT 9:11 pm

      Wow this looks amazing with all of those toppings! yum

    11. Amy @ Cultivate Beauty
      May 17, 2015 AT 8:55 pm

      Haven’t actually made a smoothie bowl before – very pretty! 🙂

    12. moorejez
      May 17, 2015 AT 5:26 pm

      Definitely going to try this soon!

    13. Ted Wallof
      May 17, 2015 AT 1:37 pm

      Will be in my belly soon!

    14. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      May 17, 2015 AT 1:22 pm

      This looks so good! I love your choice of toppings!

    15. Strength and Sunshine
      May 17, 2015 AT 12:35 pm

      I’m not a smoothie person, but If I were to have one, with a spoon is the way to go!

    16. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      May 17, 2015 AT 10:36 am

      Yum!!!! I love adding granola or peanut butter on top of my smoothie (rather than in my smoothie) because I like feeling like I’m “eating” rather than drinking it! This bowl looks amazing!

    17. melissamorningm
      May 17, 2015 AT 9:34 am

      Yum! This looks so refreshing! I’ve never tried a smoothie bowl before, but after seeing this recipe, I definitely will soon!

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