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This easy Smoothie Bowl Recipe is a nutrient-packed breakfast that’s healthy, super delicious, and thick enough to customize with your favorite fruits and toppings. Next time you are craving a smoothie, put down the straw and pick up a spoon!

smoothie bowl with banana slices on top, peanut butter drizzle and berry slices

Why You’ll Love This Easy Smoothie Bowl Recipe

  • A More Satisfying Smoothie. This healthy smoothie bowl recipe is a different way to enjoy a smoothie. For me, thick smoothie bowls mentally feel more meal-like, plus I love the crunchy, colorful toppings.
  • Easy Healthy Breakfast. Nutrient-dense smoothie bowls consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables, delivering vitamins and minerals in every bite. Like this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, you can add nut butters and protein powder to keep you full longer and make this smoothie bowl recipe a complete meal.
  • Kid-Friendly. Smoothie bowls are a fun way for kids to get their fruits and vegetables! You can sneak in a handful of spinach, like in this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie, and they will have fun sprinkling on their own toppings.
  • Adaptable for Special Diets. Made with whole ingredients, smoothie bowls can be vegan, and can also be dairy free based on the type of milk you choose. Additionally, they are gluten-free.
smoothie bowl made of berries banana nut butter in a bowl with toppings and a spoon

How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

The Ingredients

  • Milk. I love the creaminess of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my smoothies. Feel free to swap the almond milk for whatever “milk” you prefer. For a dairy-free version, stick to non-dairy milk such as cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
  • Spinach. If you don’t have spinach on hand, you can swap it for kale or another dark leafy green of your choice.
  • Banana. Bananas work well in smoothies because they add substance, making them sweet and creamy.
  • Berries. Mixed berries consist of a combination of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Use berries that are frozen, which will keep the smoothie thick and cold.
  • Nut Butter. Almond, cashew, and peanut butter add healthy fats to a smoothie bowl recipe, making it extra satiating. To make this smoothie bowl nut free, you may use sunflower butter, or leave out the nut butter entirely, and leave off the nut toppings.
  • Protein Powder. A scoop of vanilla protein powder will up the protein content, which can help with workout recovery, round out your smoothie bowl to a complete meal, and keep you full.
  • Honey or Pure Maple Syrup. Optional, if you prefer your smoothie a bit sweeter.

Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:

  • Fresh Banana Slices
  • Fresh Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries
  • Granola, like my Healthy Granola or Gluten Free Granola
  • Chia Seeds
  • Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
  • Nuts and Seeds, such as pepitas, sunflower seeds, walnuts, or almonds

The Directions

healthy smoothie bowl ingredients in a blender
  1. Get Started. Put milk, spinach, fruit, and nut butter in blender.
healthy smoothie ingredients in a blender
  1. Add Protein Powder. If you’re using it.
smoothie ingredients blended in blender until smooth
  1. Puree. Blend until smooth. Serve in bowl with desired toppings. ENJOY!
smoothie bowl for dinner with banana strawberries seeds and peanut butter

Recipe Variations

The base for any smoothie bowl recipe is simply a thick smoothie, so you could tweak any of these smoothies with less liquid and more fruit to thicken them up to spoon-worthy consistency.

I give you all my tips and tricks, as well as a round up of our readers’ favorite smoothies here: Healthy Breakfast Smoothies – 20+ of the Best Filling Smoothie Recipes and Our Top Smoothie Tips.

Here are a few other flavor profiles and combinations I think would be tantalizing!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Smoothie bowls are best enjoyed freshly after blending for the best texture. However, if you do need to keep it for later, store smoothie bowls without the toppings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze smoothies in airtight, freezer-safe jars for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying, transfer to bowl, and then add desired toppings.

Meal Prep Tip

This smoothie bowl recipe yields one bowl, but it can be multiplied for a household, or frozen in individual containers (I like pouring them into glass canning jars) for future single-servings of smoothie bowls on demand.

beery smoothie bowl with greens and banana berries and seeds on tops

What to Serve with this Smoothie Bowl Recipe

  • Blender. This blender is high powered to get your smoothie extra smooth; it can handle nuts and greens no problem.
  • Glass Jars. Glass jars making storing (and freezing!) smoothies for later easy.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the Thickness. You can make a thicker smoothie bowl by adding more banana (or other frozen fruit), using less milk and/or adding Greek yogurt.
  • Layer Smart. When using greens, place those in your blender right after adding the liquids. This will keep them closer to the blade, helping them break down fully. No one wants their smoothie to be part salad.
  • Keep Frozen Banana on Hand. Have smoothie-ready frozen banana chunks on hand in your freezer! Peel and slice overly ripe bananas. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet or plate, then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Transfer frozen banana slices to a freezer-safe, airtight container. Ziptop bags work great for this.
berry smoothie bowl for dinner with a spoon

Smoothie Bowl Recipe

5 from 2 votes
A thick, easy smoothie bowl recipe made with spinach, frozen banana, berries, nut butter and milk, plus optional protein powder. Delish!

Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 12-oz bowl

Ingredients
  

For the Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 large banana cut into chunks and frozen (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter peanut butter, or nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 to 1 scoop protein powder optional
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup optional
  • High-powered blender such as a Vitamix

For Toppings (pick all or a few):

  • Fresh banana slices
  • Fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and/or sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • Drizzle almond butter or peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Place the smoothie bowl ingredients in a high-powered blender in the order listed: almond milk, spinach, banana, berries, almond butter, and protein powder (if using). Blend until smooth. The smoothie will be VERY thick. Stop to scrape down the blender a few times as needed and add a little more almond milk if it is completely stuck. Taste and if you would like the smoothie sweeter, add honey or pure maple syrup until your ideal taste is reached.
  • Scrape into a serving bowl. Add your desired toppings. Enjoy immediately.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Smoothie bowls are best enjoyed freshly after blending for the best texture. However, if you do need to keep it for later, store smoothie bowls without the toppings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze smoothies in airtight, freezer-safe jars for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying, transfer to bowl and then add desired toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 12-oz bowlCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgPotassium: 590mgFiber: 8gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 2922IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 254mgIron: 2mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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