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This strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe is a sweet and delicious breakfast or snack. Like healthy soft serve with yummy toppings. Similar to an Acai Bowl, but made with frozen strawberries and bananas.
A Healthy Breakfast or Snack
I love a good smoothie bowl for breakfast or afternoon snack. It’s like a smoothie but thicker (similar texture like soft serve ice cream) and topped with fruit, seeds and nuts. Kind of like an Acai bowl, but obviously made without the acai. The base of this smoothie bowl is made with:
- frozen strawberries
- almond milk
- vanilla (my secret ingredient!)
- and honey
A high powdered blender (like this one) is a great investment and makes getting that thick and creamy texture for your smoothie bowl really easy.
The Difference Between a Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl
So, both smoothies and smoothie bowl recipes are extremely similar. The difference lies in the finished texture and toppings. A smoothie is served in a cup or glass with a straw. It’s drinkable. A smoothie bowl is much thicker and served in a bowl with toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. You eat it with a spoon.
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl
The total time for this recipe is about 10 minutes. No cooking is required since this is a frozen treat. You might want to slice some fresh fruit for the top of your smoothie bowl, but generally, you should be in and out of the kitchen. Here’s how to do it:
Add Ingredients to Blender
Measure and add the frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk, honey and vanilla to the bottom of a blender. Add the lid and place onto the base of the blender.
Blend the smoothie bowl base. Be sure to start with 1/2 cup of almond milk and use the damper from your blender to really get the frozen fruit blended before adding more almond milk. Since we want a thick and creamy finished product, you want to add as little almond milk as possible so it stays thick…hence why a high powdered blender is so important. Blend the smoothie bowl base until it is completely smooth and all the fruit has been blended.
Top with Fruit
Spoon or pour the blended smoothie into two serving bowls. Top with any desired fresh fruit, nuts, seeds or granola. Whatever you think would be delicious could work! Serve immediately and enjoy! My kids love this as a snack because it tastes like ice cream! Little do they know just how healthy and nutritionally sound this is!
Our Favorite Toppings
We’ve been making these on repeat for the past few weeks and these are our favorite things to top our smoothie bowls with. My kids are picky, but these all seem to be winners across the board:
- fresh sliced strawberries
- sliced pineapple or kiwi
- sliced fresh banana
- sliced peaches (if in season)
- really ripe pear
- pepitas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds
- shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
- granola (homemade or store bought)
- walnuts, pecans or toasted almonds
- mini chocolate chips
If your smoothie bowl recipe is too thick or too thin, here’s what to do:
My Smoothie Bowl is Too Thick!
If you are having a hard time blending your smoothie bowl and the consistency is still too chunky, try adding in a little more almond milk. Also, use the damper for your blender (if you have one). If your blender didn’t come with a damper, remove the top, stir and try blending again.
My Smoothie Bowl is Too Thin!
If you’ve come to the end of this smoothie bowl recipe and your finished product is too runny or thin and won’t hold fruit on top, you can either enjoy it as a smoothie with a straw OR add in more frozen strawberries to thicken it up. Ice can also help, but that has a tendency to water the taste of the smoothie down which I don’t love. But that is totally personal preference.
Other Healthy Snacks to Try:
- Berry Banana Smoothie
- Tropical Smoothies
- Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake (protein!!)
- Homemade Acai Bowls
- Homemade Lara Bars
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my crew did! Healthy, quick and so tasty. Be sure to pin, print, save, bookmark and share this recipe. It’s a good one. Have a great day, friends!
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 whole banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or more, to get it to the desired thickness
- 2 tablespoons honey optional
- desired smoothie bowl toppings: banana, berries, granola, nuts, seeds, etc..
- high powdered blender
- Place all ingredients into the bottom of a high powdered blender. With the blender on, use the damper to stir to create a really thick and smooth finished smoothie. Add almond milk as needed to get a thick consistency.
- Spoon the smoothie between two bowls and top with any desired toppings. Serve immediately.