How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

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To make a smoothie bowl is to make art. Smoothie bowls are a health nut’s guilty pleasure, but not because they’re unhealthy—because they can’t stop making them! This great source of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins makes them a superfood recipe that’s also great on the go. Full of fruit and nuts, smoothie bowls make a great pre-workout snack, but they’re also packed with protein, making them suitable for a post-workout meal as well.

To begin, choose your frozen fruits. This will determine everything else from here, including what kind of protein powder, nuts, juice, and toppings. Our favorite frozen fruit to use is the Açaí Berry Superfruit Pack from Sambazon. Whatever frozen fruit you choose, add this to a blender.

Next, add your liquid. This needs to come next to help easily break up the frozen fruit in the blender. You can use fruit juice, coconut water, probiotic juice, or a milk alternative like almond or coconut milk. We suggest adding a spoonful of organic, honey Greek yogurt on top of this, but it is not necessary. This adds a slightly thicker texture to make the smoothie more suitable for a bowl than as a beverage. You can also add honey separately to sweeten the flavor.

If you want to make your smoothie bowl extra clean, add some healthy greens. The best greens for a smoothie bowl include spinach, kale, spirulina, and wheatgrass. Other clean veggies you can include are beets, cucumber, and carrots. If adding chunkier veggies like these, a juicer may be necessary before adding to the blender.

The next ingredient is a powder. Powders will help thicken the texture of the smoothie so it is less like a liquid. This can be a protein powder, but it doesn’t have to be. Other great powders are flaxseed, hemp powder, maca powder, or other great powders from Navitas Naturals like this Superfood Blend. Powders are also a great way to pack in extra nutrients without overfilling your blender.

Blend all of these ingredients together on high. If something is stuck, turn the blender off and try using a spoon to break up the mixture. If this doesn’t work, add a little more liquid or yogurt to loosen things up. Once everything is blended, it’s time to talk toppings. Check out our list of delicious toppings below. It’s best to taste the smoothie first so you can better choose your toppings.

Smoothie Bowl Toppings

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Bee pollen
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Cocoa powder or raw cocoa nibs
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sliced fruit (kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, etc.)
  • Avocado
  • Goji berries
  • Granola
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Edible flowers

Kate Wilke is the content manager at 301brands, and she's the editor of, and the lifestyle editor at When she's not paddle boarding or skiing, she's informing someone about global warming (or cats) over a local double IPA. Follow her on Instagram — @kateewilke

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