Perfecting the Smoothie Bowl

Once you eat a smoothie out of a bowl, you’ll never go back. Cuz lets be real, who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for breakfast, especially if that “ice cream” packs a nutritional punch that will keep you fueled until lunch? Not only is it more fun to eat, but it can also be a more mindful approach than just gulping down a big glass. Eating it with a spoon forces you to slow down and be a bit more mindful of each bite, in turn giving you more time to fully appreciate it. It also gives you the opportunity to notice if you are getting too full, unlike a smoothie that you can chug down too quickly to notice.

For a while, the smoothie bowl was a mystery to me. I could not figure out how to get them thick enough, and try after try I would end up with a bowl of liquidy smoothie soup. Well, I’ve finally nailed it and will share the secrets and intricacies of the smoothie bowl, today.

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Build that base

The first and most important piece is to always use frozen fruits and vegetables. If you use vegetables like sweet potato, zucchini or cauliflower, make sure to steam or roast them first because it will be much easier for your belly to digest. The frozen fruit is the key to success in a thick ‘n dreamy smoothie bowl. There are some fruits and veggies that will give your bowl a creamier feel, while others give it an icier texture. I tend to combine the two.

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Banana is the reigning champ of smoothie bowls because it gives the bowls that perfectly ice cream-like consistency even on their own. However, many (including myself) have to avoid bananas (that’s another post for another day). If you’re in this camp, the absolute key to a creamy bowl is my best friend, nut butter. Any kind of nut butter works: peanut, almond, cashew, whatever. There is nothing that nut butter does not make better, and smoothie bowls are no exception that rule. The only thing that could replace the nut butter is yogurt, non-dairy yogurt or chilled coconut cream.


Next and maybe the most important rule of all is the liquid. You can use whatever liquid you are into, but USE SPARINGLY. Use the least amount of liquid you can. I will add a splash, blend, splash, blend, until the consistency is just right. Too much liquid, and you will be drinking that smoothie out of a cup. I like to use almond or coconut milk, again for the creamy factor, but anything will do.

getting the consistency just right

getting the consistency just right

These are the base ingredients of the smoothie bowl, and you can mix and match as you please. Get creative, and don’t be afraid of the veggies!

If you need extra sweetness, I love to throw in a Medjool date or two. For a chocolatey punch, add some cacao powder.

Amp it up

For a superfood boost, you can always add in your favorites: maca, spirulina, ashwagandha, cordyceps.. whatever your body is needin’! Greens are always a welcome addition to your bowl as well. I prefer spinach as it doesn’t alter the taste.

If you need some extra protein, a couple scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides does the trick and also makes it more creamy (have I mentioned the word creamy yet?). I also love to use Aloha Moment Protein Powders in the vanilla flavor (goes particularly well with a pumpkin or sweet potato smoothie). Aloha is a plant based protein powder that is sweetened with coconut sugar, which I loooove because I personally hate the taste of stevia, which is in most other protein powders.

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Top it like it’s hot

You can either keep your bowl simple or load it up. Some good toppings are cacao nibs, granola, goji berries, fresh fruit, coconut, yogurt, more nut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, crumbled up energy bars… the world is your oyster here!

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Here are a couple of my favorite smoothie bowls:

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The Berry Nutty Date Bowl


½ of a frozen avocado

1 Handful of frozen strawberries

1 Handful of frozen blackberries or raspberries

1 Tablespoon of nut butter

1 Handful of spinach

1 Date

Almond or coconut milk (splash by splash until you get the right consistency)

2 Scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides


Blend, baby, blend.

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Oh Sweet Nana Bowl


½ of a frozen sweet potato (½ can of pumpkin puree works as well!)

½  of a banana (can be omitted or replaced with 1 handful of cauliflower or zucchini)

1 Tablespoon of nut butter

1 Teaspoon of maca

1 Heavy shake of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg if you have it)

2 Scoops of Aloha vanilla protein powder  (if you aren’t using this, I would add a date or two to make up for some sweetness)


Blend, baby, blend.

don't forget to lick the spoon!

don't forget to lick the spoon!

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