Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
Ever wonder how to make a healthy, gorgeous, Instagram-worthy breakfast? We'll teach you how to make a smoothie bowl!

Updated: Jan. 25, 2024

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

What is a smoothie bowl?

It’s a thicker-than-typical smoothie served in a bowl rather than a cup. The bowls feature 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 and tasty meal.

Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

  • Fat-free milk
  • Frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • Frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • Sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional toppings: sliced fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, chia seeds, fresh pumpkin seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut and sliced almonds

Directions

Step 1: Blend everything together

Place the milk, berries and sugar in a blender; cover and blend until 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: Add toppings

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 get warm before you top it!

Smoothie Bowl Variations

There are endless smoothie bowl 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:

  • Sliced banana
  • Nuts
  • Toasted shredded coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Granola (homemade or store-bought)
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Fresh fruit: bananas, blueberries, peaches or kiwi

Smoothie Bowl Tips

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. Adding nut butter or unsweetened yogurt can help make a denser smoothie, too.

How do you add more protein to a smoothie bowl?

Looking to make a high-protein smoothie? A lot of the same ingredients that make a smoothie bowl thicker will add protein, too, such as Greek yogurt and nut butters. Cottage cheese, ground chia seeds or flaxseed, beans and tofu also add protein to a smoothie.

Another option is protein powder, which can add up to 20 grams of protein per serving. Choose a flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients. Vanilla protein powder should work across the board.

How can I make a dairy-free smoothie bowl?

Use any nondairy milk instead of dairy milk. We recommend coconut milk or almond milk for a smoothie bowl.

Watch how to Make Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time 5 min
Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Place the milk, berries and sugar in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and process until smooth. Divide mixture between 2 serving bowls. Add toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 155 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

if you love smoothies but sometimes want to linger over breakfast instead of sipping it on the go, then this Jamba-inspired smoothie bowl is your answer. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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