The smoothie has found a new home and gotten itself a makeover. The smoothie bowl is all over social media and is the latest trend everyone is obsessing over, taking over Instagram and Pinterest feeds with pics of deliciously smooth goodness.
Smoothie bowls make the perfect summer breakfast. The bowl base is a thick blend of whole foods, such as frozen fruits, veggies and other healthy mixes. Unlike a regular smoothie, a smoothie bowl has a slightly thicker, almost ice-cream-like consistency. Smoothie bowls are more nutrient-dense smoothies, thick enough to eat with a spoon and topped with fruits, nuts, seeds, muesli and/or granola. Once you’ve got the smoothie base covered you can add whichever toppings you desire to make the recipe your own.
A good smoothie bowl is not only scrumptious and healthy, it can also be one of the most beautiful foods to photograph. If you get the right color, garnish and styling combination the results can look alluring. The prettiest photographic bowls even look like edible works of art. The secret behind the perfect Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl pic is creativity, composition and light.
Check out these five smoothie bowl recipes that not only look good but taste great. They are super easy to make at home and will change the way you eat breakfast forever.
5.) Super Green
Try this delicious and nutritious super green smoothie bowl recipe from Taste to kick start the day. You’ll definitely want to get a snap of this picture-perfect bowl.
- 2 peeled, sliced frozen bananas
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled, sliced, plus 1/2 kiwifruit, extra, to garnish
- 60g baby spinach
- 20g chopped kale leaves
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds, plus 1/2 teaspoon, extra, to serve
- 2 cups organic almond milk
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp. buckinis (activated buckwheat)
- Handfull of mixed berries
- Place the banana, kiwifruit, spinach, kale, almond butter, chia seeds and almond milk in a large blender.
- Blend until thick, creamy and well combined.
- Divide between 2 serving bowls.
- Slice the extra kiwifruit.
- Top the smoothie bowls with sliced kiwifruit, coconut, buckinis, berries and extra chia seeds.
4.) Blueberry Banana
Here’s a delicious smoothie bowl recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef. It’s great as a healthy, clean breakfast alternative.
- 1/2 banana plus sliced banana for topping, frozen
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries plus more for topping
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries plus more for topping
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds plus more for topping
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for topping
- Optional: raw honey to drizzle for additional sweetness
- In a blender, add the unsweetened almond milk, frozen banana, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, chia seeds and full-fat plain Greek yogurt.
- Blend until very smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
- Add sliced banana, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, pepitas and more chia seeds to the top.
3.) Easy Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
Here’s another smoothie bowl that is quick to prepare and full of protein, fiber, omega 3s and vitamins.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/2 tsp. matcha (this powder has caffeine)
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- Hemp seed
- Goji berries
- Sliced banana
- Soak oats and chia seeds in almond milk for about 10 minutes (or overnight for make-ahead prep).
- Put soaked oats in blender along with remaining ingredients.
- Puree until smooth (makes 2 bowls).
- Top with desired toppings.
2.) Five-Minute Smoothie Bowl
Requiring only three ingredients, this recipe from the fantastic Minimalist Baker will become your go-to smoothie bowl recipe. A brilliantly bright bowl that will give you an instant energy boost.
- 1 heaped cup (160 g) organic frozen mixed berries
- 1 (100 g) small ripe banana, sliced and frozen
- 2–3 tbsp. (30-45 ml) light coconut or almond milk, plus more as needed
- Optional: 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein Powder
- 1 tbsp. (5 g) shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)
- 1 tbsp. (12 g) chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. (10 g) hemp seeds
- Optional: Granola
- Optional: Fruit
- Add frozen berries and banana to a blender and blend on low until only small bits remain.
- Add a bit of coconut or almond milk and protein powder (optional), and blend on low again, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency.
- Scoop into 1–2 serving bowls and top with desired toppings.
- Optional: chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, strawberries, granola or a nut or seed butter.
- Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the freezer for 1–2 weeks.
- Let thaw before enjoying.
1.) Chocolate Peanut Butter
What more do you need besides chocolate, peanut butter and banana in a smoothie bowl? Bake Rita’s recipe tastes like a peanut butter cup and is gluten-free and vegan. A perfect way to start the day.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 2 tbsp. cacao powder
Optional add-ins (add them if you have them!):
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
- 2 tsp. maca powder
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 banana sliced
- Chocolate granola
- Peanut butter to drizzle
- Chia seeds
- Combine bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, cacao powder, collagen, maca powder, and chia seeds (if using) in a blender.
- Puree until completely smooth — the mixture should be thick.
- Add a touch more liquid if necessary to get it to blend completely smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl.
- Add toppings as desired.
- Serve and enjoy.
For a lower sugar option, replace half or all of the bananas with steamed and frozen cauliflower!
Have these fantastic scrumptious recipes got your creative juices flowing? Why not give them a try? Create some delicious, good-looking smoothie bowls and get that camera or iPhone out and start snapping away.
Which one of these smoothie bowl recipes do you like best? Tell us in the comments below or share your smoothie bowl snaps with us on social media, tag @topfivecom and #top5smoothiebowl.