I love smoothies. And I love ice cream. So when I realized I could combine elements of both into one delicious smoothie bowl, I was beyond excited.
A good smoothie bowl is like a guilt-free serving of soft serve. It’s sweet and thick, but packs a hidden punch full of antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
The key to a thick and creamy smoothie bowl is, without a doubt, frozen bananas. For most of my bowls, I use only one frozen banana. I’ve seen popular health bloggers using three or four for a single bowl, though, so the quantity is up to you!
Frozen bananas are super easy to prepare: simply pop them in the freezer, peel and all. Once they’re frozen (it takes about an hour), they will turn brown. But don’t worry – the banana goodness has been perfectly preserved inside.
Slicing a frozen banana is easier than expected, too. I use my large chef’s knife and cut the banana in half. Then, I make a cut in the peel and pry it off. Once peeled, I slice it into smaller pieces before adding it to the blender.
If you want to add some extra thickness to your bowl, you can also try blending in a 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt (to cut back on the sugar, I use plain). I find that Fage is thickest and creamiest option. I’ve noticed that protein powder also makes a smoothie bowl creamier. I’m currently using an unflavored vegan powder, but I think a vanilla powder would suit a smoothie better.
It’s fun to get creative with your smoothie bowls. I love experimenting with different add-ins such as chia seeds, chocolate chips, cinnamon, coconut flakes, honey, and protein powder. (On a side note, I recently became aware of spirulina powder and I can’t wait to try it!)
The winter berry bowl shown in this post is fast and easy. It requires only three ingredients (four if you choose to add protein powder) and makes about a single-cup serving, perfect for one person. The heart garnishes are made from melted white chocolate chips that I poured into a simple candy mold. It was my first time molding chocolate, and I was happy with the result.
Winter Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup of blueberries (frozen preferred)
- 1/4 cup of milk or milk alternative (I used almond milk)
- One frozen banana
- One scoop of vanilla protein powder
- Optional toppings: white chocolate chips, chia seeds, fresh berries, honey
- Freeze the banana for about an hour prior to making the smoothie bowl.
- Peel and slice the banana and add it to the blender.
- Add blueberries and protein powder and pulse the mixture on low. (It’s important to only pulse the fruit for this smoothie bowl; you don’t want to pulverize or liquify it.)
- After the fruit is mushy, add the milk and pulse again.
- Stir, pour into a bowl, add your toppings, and enjoy!
Smoothie bowls are a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. If you tried this recipe, let me know how it turned out!