A basic Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Smoothie Bowls became en vogue lately. And I am not talking about the typical liquidly smoothies made from blended fruits, which you can buy at every corner and drink with a straw. I am talking about thick and creamy smoothies you have to spoon right out of a bowl. That’s a smoothie bowl.
They are more satisfying than liquid stuff because you don’t gulp them down but take the time to spoon it and to chew the toppings. Solids take more time to be processed by your stomach, that’s why toppings are so important. They are much more satisfying compared to liquids. And they don’t raise your blood sugar as much as liquid smoothies.
For creating your own smoothie bowls you need frozen or semi-frozen fruits, including bananas. These fruits are blended until they are very smooth. You can top your smoothie bowl with fresh fruits, granola, seeds, fresh fruits or bliss balls – there are no limits to your imagination.
Basic Ingredients for Smoothie Bowls
- Veggies (optional)
- Additional ingredients
Semi-frozen fruits are the base of every smoothie. No fruit is better or worse than the other, just choose your favorite or a combination of your favorites. Bananas are always great and should be added no matter what. You can also mix frozen and fresh fruits if you want. The result is quite comparable.
You can add veggies to your smoothie too, like green leafy vegetables or avocado. If you are not used to greens, start with a small amount, just a handful. Your greens don’t have to be frozen. Avocados make your smoothie incredibly creamy. Once you tried it, you won’t miss it.
How much fluids you need, depends on the consistency of your fruits. If your smoothie is too thick, add a splash of plant-based milk or coconut milk or coconut water. Freshly squeezed orange (or grapefruit juice if you like a bitter note) is great too because it’s not as sweet as canned juices. Sometimes I add a bit of coconut or soy yogurt.
- Additional ingredients
There are endless options for additional ingredient: you may add oatmeal if you want a satisfying smoothie. You can also add a few seeds like ground flax seeds. Or a superfood powder like acai, wheatgrass or maca. Freeze-dried fruit powders add additional color. Play around and find your favorite combo. Or don’t find your favorite combo and create a completely new taste explosion every single time instead.
Be sure to always have frozen overripe bananas and other frozen fruits in your freezer. A lot of recipes use frozen fruits only, but I prefer fruits which are slightly thawed because I want a Smoothie Bowl and not a Nice Cream. You can mix fresh and frozen fruits if you want. Sometimes I use store-bought deep-frozen fruits, but often I freeze them myself. It’s important to freeze your fruits in a single layer. Otherwise, your food processor won’t be able to blend it properly.
Since semifrozen fruits are easy to blend, you can even use a hand blender. A food processor is fine too. If you mix frozen and fresh fruits, you will definitely need a food processor or a Moulinex. The Moulinex is my first choice because it’s easier to clean. On the other hand, the loading capacity is rather small, that’s why I blend my fruits in two or three batches.
Decorating is always my favorite part, especially with Smoothie Bowls. You can use any fruits or nuts, seeds, shredded coconut and edible flowers. If you need more ideas how to decorate, just google for smoothie bowls, and you will get so much inspiration. Instagram is a great resource too. Use a ice cream scoop to form little melon balls or cookie cutter for other fruits.
Pink Smoothie Bowl – Decoration is the fun part
Basic Recipes for Smoothie Bowls
- 1 banana
- 1 cup fruits
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk or yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh fruits
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp seeds
- edible flowers
Chop banana and fruits and freeze in a single layer for 3 hours.
Blend semi-frozen fruits with plant-based milk or yogurt.
Transfer to a bowl and top with fresh fruits, shredded coconut, seeds and edible flowers.
If you never made smoothie bowl, you might want to watch a tutorial. I picked this one for you, made by Rawvana English. She shows how to make 3 different smoothie bowls using frozen fruits and fresh veggies, superfoods and different liquids. I really love that!
My favorite Recipes
Raspberry Strawberry Smoothie
A dream in pink! The base of this smoothie bowl is semi-frozen banana and plant-based yogurt, mixed with frozen strawberries and raspberries. When it comes to toppings, allow your Imagination to run wild. Red fruits are perfect and there is no reason not to add a few bliss balls!
Where are you beet lovers out there? This smoothie bowl is for you! You may use fresh, baked or cooked beet; it just has to be frozen! I love the color of this smoothie so much, it tells me it’s full of antioxidants and healthy stuff that keeps me strong and healthy.