A smoothie in a bowl?
Yes we know, smoothies are most often served in a glass and sipped with a straw. But sometimes it’s nice to eat something with a spoon for a change, don’t you think? Especially if you’re exchanging your morning bowl of yoghurt or porridge into smoothies, then this will feel very familiar to you. Smoothie bowls are great because it’s easier to add a nice topping since your eating it with a spoon. Adding a topping makes it more filling than a smoothie alone, and will last you until lunchtime without problems. Another great thing about bowls is that it’s such a good way to cut down on gluten and dairy in your diet, should you wish to. It’s a quick and nutritious meal, perfect for breakfast or as a snack.
Great choices for the topping are granola (sugar-free), raw nuts and seeds, dried or fresh fruit – or why not all of it. Add loads!
How to make a smoothie bowl
You don’t have to look for special smoothie bowl recipes if you want to make one, you can turn pretty much any smoothie recipe into a bowl as long as it’s not too thin in consistency and includes ingredients to make it creamy (banana, avocado or frozen fruit). It’s all about reducing the liquid base, this gives a creamier and thicker result.
All recipes are different so you have to see what works for each one. But in general all you have to do is use about half of the liquid and half of the fruit. Leave the amount of greens as they are if you are making a green smoothie bowl.
First – add a little bit of your liquid base to the blender, then your fruit – both frozen and fresh for best result. Turn on your blender and see if it starts to move things around. If not, add a little more liquid and continue so until you have the consistency you like.
If you are turning a green smoothie recipe into a bowl, start by blending the greens and liquid (as always) and then add the rest. It’s going to be a little more difficult to blend since there is not so much liquid to get things moving. You will probably have to push the ingredients down with a spoon between blends. Don’t add ice since this will just make it watery when it melts.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and add your topping!
Pineapple Passion green smoothie bowl
The original smoothie recipe for Pineapple Passion was part of our first 30 day smoothie challenge. Now we’re turning it into a smoothie bowl breakfast:
2 cups spinach
3/4 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 large avocado
Do you have any smoothie bowl ideas to share with us?
Please do so in the comments 🙂
/Sofia & Michael