How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

Ever wonder how to make a healthy, gorgeous, Instagram-worthy breakfast? We'll teach you how to make a smoothie bowl!

We love smoothie bowls that pair a thick, creamy base with crunchy toppings, giving the bowl just the right amount of texture.

What Is a Smoothie Bowl?

It’s a thicker-than-usual smoothie served in a bowl rather than a cup. The bowls often contain a wide range of toppings for you to enjoy with each scoop. Unlike a typical smoothie that you slurp down quickly, a smoothie bowl is meant to be savored as a wholesome meal.

How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

The Test Kitchen turned a popular berry smoothie into this top-rated smoothie bowl. It comes together in less than five minutes!

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Optional toppings: sliced fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, chia seeds, fresh pumpkin seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut and sliced almonds


Step 1: Blend everything together

Place the milk, berries and sugar in a blender; cover and blend until nice and smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and blend again until smooth and creamy.

Editor’s Tip: Add the milk 1/4 cup at a time to ensure a thick consistency.

Step 2: Top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and more

Divide the smoothie mixture between two bowls. Then, top with your desired toppings. It helps to prep toppings ahead of time so your smoothie bowl doesn’t melt before you top it!

FAQs About Smoothie Bowls

Are smoothie bowls healthy?

They absolutely can be. Each bowl is packed with fresh ingredients that provide healthy fats, fiber and protein. You can also skip the added sugar and rely on the fruit to sweeten your smoothie bowl naturally. Remember that moderation is key, so try not to go overboard on the toppings and be mindful of portion sizes!

How can I make my smoothie bowl thicker?

To make your smoothie bowl thicker, make sure to use frozen fruit to start. Including nut butter or unsweetened yogurt can help make a denser smoothie, too.

What else can you put in a smoothie bowl?

There are endless combinations. Add some extra protein to your smoothie bowl by including a handful of spinach and a scoop of protein powder with your mix.

For more flavors and textures, try some of these toppings:

How can I make a dairy-free smoothie bowl?

Use any nondairy milk instead. We recommend coconut milk or almond milk.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.