Smoothie bowls have been on the periphery of my consciousness for a while, but a few months ago I really started getting into them. They are so easy, so colourful and sooo delicious!!
The idea of creativity in the kitchen can often seem like hard work, and many of us think it’s for other people because we tell ourselves that we ‘aren’t really creative’. But it needn’t be hard and we can all do it when it comes to smoothie bowls. They are such fun and even if your bowl doesn’t end up looking that great, it will still taste fab 🙂
Quick and easy smoothie bowls are a place to let yourself play a bit – tap into your inner child and let loose with gorgeously colourful and healthy ingredients!!
Put It In
The best smoothie bowls are lusciously smooth, thick and colourful. You can freeze portions of fruit or add only a little liquid so that your smoothie thickens up in the blender. Adding rolled oats will also make your smoothie better in a bowl.
When I can, I keep bags of of frozen bananas, strawberries, pineapple, papaya and avocado in the freezer. Frozen coconut milk ice cubes make a great addition too. If most of your smoothie mix is frozen stuff it will blend into a deliciously spoonable sorbet!
When it comes to decorating your smoothie bowl, think about colour and texture. Here are some of my favourites…
- goji berries
- desiccated coconut
- raw chocolate chunks
- grated raw chocolate
- pumpkin seeds
- hulled hemp seeds
- halved and whole grapes
- halved and whole strawberries
- banana slices
- papaya chunks
- bee pollen
- maca powder
Decorate Your Heart Out!
I like to think in patterns when I’m adding toppings to my smoothie bowls: circles, lines, random scatterings and a bit of everything in between. And here are some colourway ideas to play with…
- cream and red – a banana, oat, coconut milk based smoothie with gojis, strawberries, coconut and chocolate on top, or a berry smoothie with slices of banana, a sprinkling of oats, hulled hemp seeds and a few raisins.
- Green and pink – a classic green smoothie thickened with avocado and topped with raspberries, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and a sprinkling of chlorella powder.
- Blue and purple – a berry based smoothie with blueberries, blackberries, acai powder, hulled hemp seeds and chocolate chunks sprinkled over.
Instagram is a great place to get some more smoothie bowl inspiration too 🙂
This Week’s Yummy Recipes: Smoothie Bowl Heaven!
These are two of my fave smoothie bowl creations so far, only a little bit influenced by my present tropical location 😉
Strawberry Chocolate Chunk Smoothie Bowl
3 handfuls frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
a little coconut water (or water)
whole and halved frozen strawberries
raw chocolate chunks (I use homemade raw chocs)
Blend all the smoothie ingredients until smooth, adding just enough coconut water to blend. Pour into a breakfast bowl and sprinkle over your toppings. Eat with a spoon 🙂
Tropical Paradise Smoothie Bowl
2 frozen banana
1/2 frozen avocado
2 handfuls spinach
frozen strawberries, sliced
Blend all the smoothie ingredients until smooth, adding enough water to make a thick and creamy blend. Pour into a pretty bowl, sprinkle over your toppings and dive in!!