This Strawberry Smoothie Bowl is such a classic! It’s creamy, refreshing, and bursting with strawberry flavor!
This strawberry and banana smoothie bowl is perfect for a light breakfast or a snack. It’s a delicious and decadent way to start your day.
With a healthy and light base made with less than a handful of ingredients, add as few or as many toppings as you want for the most decadent smoothie experience.
- Strawberries: I used frozen strawberries for this recipe. Having them on hand all year is easy, and the flavor is excellent. Strawberries are easy to add to your daily diet. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium. If you want to learn more, read the following article about strawberry health benefits.
- Pineapple: I added half a cup of frozen pineapple chunks to add more sweetness to this smoothie. They go well with strawberries. They are rich in nutrients, contain lots of antioxidants, may aid digestion, may boost immunity, suppress inflammation, and so much more.
- Banana: I added half of the fresh banana to get that creamy texture and added more natural sugars. Make sure to use a ripe banana.
- Milk: I used oat milk for this recipe. Feel free to use any other neutral-tasting milk of your choice. If you use coconut milk, it might affect the flavor. You can also use dairy if you are not following a vegan diet.
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Why You’ll Love this Smoothie
- Easy to make: Like any other smoothie, this recipe is easy. Gather all ingredients, prepare your toppings, and follow the simple steps.
- Packed of nutrients: The combo of fruits in this smoothie has many health benefits. Rich in vitamins and nutrients and packed with antioxidants, among other things.
- Customizable: The base of this smoothie is straightforward and has less than a handful of ingredients. But you can add as many toppings as you want. That’s what makes it great.
- Flavor: This smoothie will have a dominantly strawberry taste – a classic, with a fresh and light flavor without added sugar.
- Vegan: The base of this smoothie is vegan. The whole smoothie bowl will be vegan, depending on which toppings you add.
What is a Smoothie Bowl
Many people think that a smoothie bowl is a smoothie poured into a bowl. But that’s not true. The smoothie bowl has a thicker consistency, which enables all the toppings to stay on top and not sink.
I always enjoy making a smoothie bowl because you can “decorate” it and add any toppings.
- First, gather all ingredients and prepare the toppings, especially if you have to cut and wash fresh fruit.
- Then, prepare the base of the smoothie bowl. Add all ingredients to a blender and start blending at a slow speed. Scrape down the blender bowl if needed and gradually increase the speed until all elements are incorporated. Pour into a bowl.
- Add the smoothie toppings and serve immediately. Enjoy!
How to Make a Thick Smoothie
I recommend using primarily frozen fruit and adding less liquid to ensure a thick smoothie consistency. Also, gradually add liquid until you have a perfect thickness.
Another thing to remember is to not over-blend the ingredients. Otherwise, they will liquify and melt faster.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Use a high-powered blender: Since we primarily use frozen fruit, you will need a high-powered blender. Otherwise, the smoothie won’t blend properly, and you may have bigger chunks of fruit left over.
- Use mostly frozen fruit: When using mostly frozen fruit, you will have a thicker smoothie consistency.
- Only add a little liquid: When you start blending the ingredients, it may seem you need more liquid. Be patient and scrape down the blender bowl and gradually increase the speed. If you still want to add more liquid after all ingredients are fully incorporated, do so slowly in small increments.
- Don’t over-blend: The key to a thick smoothie is not to over-blend. If you blend the ingredients for too long, the consistency will be more liquid.
- Prepare all the toppings in advance: As soon as you make the smoothie bowl, it will gradually melt and have a more liquid consistency. To ensure the perfect texture and flavor, prepare all toppings in advance, especially if you need to cut any fresh fruit.
- Use a food processor instead of a blender: If you don’t have a blender, you can use a food processor.
Substitutions and Variations
- Use different milk: You can use a milk of your choice. Make sure to use neutral flavor milk not to alter the smoothie bowl’s overall taste.
- Use all frozen fruit: If you want an extra thick smoothie, use all frozen fruit, including a banana. Please note that you might need to adjust the liquid amount.
- Add greens: Want to sneak in some greens for an extra boost of vitamins? Add a handful of spinach or kale. Please note that the color might be different.
- Add a sweetener: If you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of your favorite sweeteners, like agave or maple syrup.
- Add some additional protein: Want to add more protein? Feel free to add some protein powder when blending the ingredients.
There are so many different options for the add-ins. Some of my favorites are:
- Seeds: Chia, flax, or hemp seeds are a great source of fiber.
- Protein powder: Perfect addition to help increase muscle mass and strength and aid in weight loss.
- Greens: Want to add more vitamins? Add a handful of greens.
- Nut butter: Add a little peanut or almond butter for a more nutritionally balanced smoothie.
- Medjool dates: If you want to add a natural sweetener, add one Medjool date to your smoothie.
Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings
- Fresh fruit: Any fresh fruit you prefer. Some great options are strawberries, kiwi fruit, banana, or other berries.
- Dried fruit: Add a few dried strawberries or raspberries for extra flavor and crunch.
- Granola: Have a favorite granola? Feel free to add it for an extra crunch.
- Seeds: Some of the most popular are hemp, flax, chia, or sunflower seeds.
- Shredded or flaked coconut: Coconut flakes are a healthy fiber, fat, and protein source.
- Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, pecans.
- Sweeteners: Agave or maple syrup or honey if not vegan.
- Dark chocolate or cacao nibs: Add 1 to 2 ounces of dark chocolate or cacao nibs for rich flavor and additional sweetness.
How to Serve
Serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings. The best thing about any smoothie bowl is that you can customize it per your preferences.
I recommend eating this smoothie as soon as you make it for the best flavor and texture.
The key to a thick smoothie bowl is to use primarily frozen fruit, just enough liquid to blend the ingredients, or not over-blending the elements.
When you make a smoothie, you can drink it using a straw. A smoothie bowl is thicker and prepared with mostly frozen fruit or veggies.
Feel free to use any milk you prefer. Please note that using coconut milk might alter the smoothie flavor.
Yes, absolutely! Without added topping, the base of this smoothie provides many benefits like vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber and may aid digestion and immune boosting.
Other Dairy-free Smoothie Recipes You’ll Love
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- Blue Spirulina Smoothie
- Arugula Smoothie
- The Best Green Smoothie Recipe
- Mango Apple Smoothie
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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
- blender or food processor
- measuring cups
- 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ fresh ripe banana
- ⅔ cup oat milk
- fresh fruit (strawberries, kiwi fruit, blueberries)
- dried fruit
- granola (use your favorite granola)
- seeds (chia seed, flax seeds)
- toasted coconut flakes
- sweeteners (maple syrup)
- dark chocolate or cacao nibs
- Gather and prepare the optional toppings.
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and start blending on low speed.
- Scrape down the blender bowl with a spatula if needed, increase the blender speed, and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
- Use mostly frozen fruit to ensure the thick smoothie consistency.
- Prepare the toppings in advance to avoid the smoothie melting. When you place the toppings on your smoothie, it should stay on top and not sink.