Smoothie bowls are the perfect way to introduce an element of nourishing fun in your breakfasts or afternoon snacks.
For those who don’t know, smoothie bowls are exactly as the name suggests: a smoothie in a bowl.
The healthiest smoothie bowls are made of healthy, natural foods. They are sprinkled with nutrition-packed, super-satisfying add-ons like fresh berries, chia seeds, flaxseed, granola, or whatever healthy toppings your tastes fancy for the day.
With that out of the way, here are 5 easy smoothie bowl recipes we think you will warm up to.
Since the directions for preparation are similar, we have included this immediately below the last recipe, along with some recommended toppings.
- Strawberry Papaya Smoothie Bowl
As avid papaya lovers ourselves, it would be remiss to come up with a list of easy smoothie bowl recipes and exclude this tropical wonder.
Papaya is a vitamin powerhouse whose nutritional and health benefits we have raved about since way back when.
Now, throw in strawberries and a banana and you have a combo to knock out your taste buds clean.
- 1 cup ripe papaya. ½ a fruit for Hawaiian papaya and ¼ if you’re dealing with Mexican papaya. Leave some extra diced papaya for topping
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 or 2 fresh strawberries (sliced)
- ½ a banana (or full banana for extra richness)
- 1½ tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
- 1½ tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1½ tablespoons hemp seeds
- Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
They say life is no fun if you don’t break a few rules along the way.
So, how about enjoying some dessert for breakfast?
Well, nobody quite said you can’t, so feel free to start off your day by treating your body and soul with this delicious chocolate smoothie bowl.
It is more than a sensual delight – it is as nutritious as it is tasteful.
- 4 frozen bananas
- ⅔ cup almond milk
- 4 dates
- 1½ tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoon cacao/cocoa powder
- Small handful of walnuts
- Small handful of cacao nibs
- Berry Bonanza Smoothie Bowl
Berries are some of the richest foods you can eat.
They are brimming with antioxidants which help suppress free radicals. They are also rich in fiber and vitamin C, and are low in fat and free of saturated fats (the bad kind).
It’s little wonder they are said to be the perfect food for the heart!
So, what happens when you bring together blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries? A berry bonanza is what.
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen blackberries
- ½ banana
- ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- Green Vegan Smoothie Bowl
The taste of a veggie-laden smoothie can sometimes feel like a freshly mowed lawn.
However, it is easy to mask the taste of the crop if you use the right ingredients – the right ingredients in this case being avocado, banana, and blueberries.
Matter of fact, what you will get is a taste akin to melted ice cream, and that can only be a win.
- 1 sliced banana, preferably frozen
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1-2 handfuls spinach
- 1-2 handfuls kale
- Avocado Smoothie Bowl
Avocado is more than just an addition to savory recipes. The super fruit can be a great candidate for smoothie bowls, resulting in a thick, delicious and insanely filling breakfast or snack.
Top it with peanut butter or nutty cashew cream to achieve the perfect finishing note.
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
- 2 bananas sliced and frozen
- 1 small ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and chopped into chunks
- 100g spinach (fresh or frozen)
- 250ml milk (unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey, agave or maple syrup (optional)
- Put your ingredients into the blender and blitz until you achieve a thick consistency. You may have to scrape the sides down with a spoon a couple times to mix properly.
- Pour the blended smoothie into your bowl(s).
- Add your toppings of choice.
Your creativity is the only limit to the toppings you can use. The only caveat is you should opt for healthy and nutritious garnishes to avoid tainting the nutritional benefit of an otherwise perfectly healthy smoothie.
Here are some excellent choices to consider:
- Slices of fruit – banana, papaya, mango etc.
- Berries - raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries
- Blackberries and kiwi
- Dried cranberries
- Chia seeds
- Homemade granola
- Hemp seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Muesli and raisins
- Slivered almonds
- Shredded coconut
- Cacao nibs
- Scrubbed beets
- Cashew cream
- Swirls of almond butter
- Cinnamon and dried bananas
- Vanilla yoghurt