So You Want to Make a Smoothie Bowl?

Blindfolded Yoga
July 16, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love smoothie bowls. Actually, part of my blog name comes from them, as I quite frequently add bananas to them. They are amazing – when frozen they make them nice and thick and they can take the sweetest bowl and neutralize it a bit!

I get a lot of questions about my smoothie bowls, so I figured I’d put together some of my go-to bowl recipes. Not all of these are mine, some have been taken and modified, mostly because I’m lazy and like to substitute and set the measuring piece off to the side. Because of this, I’ll encourage you to do the same. Swap out ingredients, throw away the idea of having to have exact measurements, and just enjoy them!

To start, here a few things to keep in mind when making smoothie bowls. Some of these will be especially important if you are venturing out on your own and not following the recipes below.

1) Try to always use frozen (or a majority frozen) fruit - otherwise you’ll end up with a bowl of fruit soup. You want it nice and thick. If it doesn't say what to use below, assume it is frozen.

2) Start out with a 1/2 - 3/4 cup of liquid and add more as needed, otherwise it gets too runny.

3) Your frozen fruit goes on top when you put it in the blender, it pushes everything else down towards the blade.

4) Again, I usually don’t measure much, but aim to use 1-2 cups of frozen fruit.

5) Vanilla protein powder makes everything start to taste the same, try to use natural if possible (unless specified)

6) You can add greens to pretty much anything. Unless you are going for color. A handful or two max, keeping in mind that it can make a smoothie bowl turn really green or if you have off or mixed colors it can make it look like mud or clay. Seriously. I try to use a protein powder that has greens in it so I don't use them as much unless I'm making a truly green smoothie (greens, kiwi, apples, banana, etc) or using a lot of purples/reds

7) Too much powder or certain ingredients like apples can change the texture of your smoothie.

8) You can top them with pretty much whatever you want. My go-to's are strawberries or other berries, granola, and dairy free choc chips

9) Keep it to a few types of fruit. More than a few can create a weird taste.

10) Enjoy it! They are (usually) pretty and taste delicious!

Smoothie Bowl Recipes

Chocolate Banana

  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful of any kind of greens you want
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Cacao powder
  • Milk or plant based milk (I always use plant based, usually unsweetened original almond milk)
  • This one is also good with frozen cherries, strawberries, raspberries or Peanut butter

Apple Banana

  • 1 chopped green apple (not frozen, I've never tried to freeze apples, what happens?)
  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • kale
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup almond milk
  • vanilla protein powder
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • top with freeze dried apple, golden raisins, granola

Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter (or Nut Butter)

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 to 1 full frozen banana
  • natural protein powder
  • peanut or nut butter (however much you want)
  • 1/2 almond milk to start (you can also add water instead of more almond milk)

Orange Juice and fruit

This one is really sweet, so beware! you can cut it with a little water if you want.

  • banana
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • OJ
  • vanilla protein powder

Tropical Fruit

  • banana
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • vanilla or regular protein powder
  • almond milk

(this one is good with some ginger if you want to add it, but don't do too much, 1 tsp or so)