This Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a colorful and healthy breakfast and also great as a snack
Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and for good reason. They are super easy to make and more substantial than a smoothie that you drink
You can dress them up with a variety of delicious toppings which gives your bowl more substance and a little crunch!
What is a smoothie bowl?
Smoothie bowls differ from smoothie drinks because they are thicker, thanks to the added yogurt. You actually eat them with a spoon, which makes them feel more like an actual meal. Most people like to have something crunchy when they eat, so if you add some toppings this bowl really delivers!Jump to Recipe
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This smoothie bowl is made with lots of colors!
- Variety of berries – we use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Feel free to use whatever berries you have on hand. If fresh berries aren’t in season you can easily replace the fresh berries with frozen berries, and frozen will produce a thicker result
- Banana – if you have time to freeze your banana ahead of time it will make your smoothie bowl thicker. Peel the banana and break it into pieces before freezing
- Milk – or any alternative milk, such as almond, oat, or soy milk
- Greek Yogurt – we like fat-free plain or vanilla, but any fruit flavor will work
- Honey – or any sweetener you prefer, such as agave, maple syrup, or stevia
- Chia Seeds – full of antioxidants and fiber
- Vanilla Extract – optional, but recommended
- Crushed Ice – only needed if you use fresh fruit rather than frozen
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl:
5 minutes is all you need to make the perfect bowl!
I like to get all of my ingredients rinsed and ready to go before I start blending. You’ll want all of your ingredients to be very cold for the best results.
Add the ingredients, in the order below, for even blending:
- Start with very cold milk or alternate milk
- Add your favorite variety of berries
- Put bananas in the blender on top of the berries
- Add the Greek yogurt
- Pour in honey and sprinkle in chia seeds
- If using, add the vanilla extract
- Optional – add a 1/4 cup of crushed ice for a super cold and thicker bowl. (If using frozen berries you can omit adding ice to the process)
- Blend on high for about 1 minute until smooth, scrape the blender down if needed
- Pour evenly into 2 bowls and add your chosen toppings
Topping ideas for your Bowl:
Smoothie bowls are delicious and versatile because you can really personalize them with toppings.
Sometimes you need a little extra “crunch” to really make it feel like a meal. There are so many great options available because berries are so adaptable.
Here are a few toppings that we think work well:
- Extra whole berries (not frozen) and sliced bananas
- Nuts such as pecans, walnuts, slivered almonds, and cashews, which will add protein
- Seeds – extra chia seeds, flax seeds, or sunflower seeds for flavor and protein
- Shredded or slivered coconut
- Crunchy pieces of granola
- An extra drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- A sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg
Are smoothie bowls healthy?
Smoothie bowls can be a great source of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates to start your day or help you refuel if you’ve just done a workout.
They aren’t super low-cal if you add granola or nuts, but they are still considered healthy.
If you really want to fill up you can add a tablespoon of nut butter, such almond butter, to the blend. Be sure to add as little honey as possible if you are watching calories.
How to thicken a Smoothie Bowl:
Here are a few tips and tricks for thickening any smoothie bowl
- Use frozen fruit
- Make sure all the liquids are super cold
- Include a few ice cubes or crushed ice in your blender
- Add a handful of uncooked oats to the blender
- Use extra chia seeds
- Cut back slightly on the milk (if your smoothie is too thick you can always add a little more)
Looking for other great breakfast ideas?
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Cinnamon Baked Churro Donuts
- Crustless Quiche Egg Bites
- Cinnamon Baked Pears
- Blueberry Lemon Scones
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Apples
The best blender to use:
We love our high-powered Vitamix Blender, but any powerful blender will work. If your fruit is frozen you will likely need to blend a bit longer, depending on the type of blender you use.
Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- ½ cup Milk or Almond Milk
- ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 cups Fresh or Frozen Berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries
- 1 cup Banana
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla extract, optional
- ¼ cup crushed ice, optional if the fruit isn't frozen
- Sunflower Seeds
- Slivered Almonds
- Coconut ,slivers or flakes
- Fresh Berries
- In a blender add, in this order, milk, berries, bananas, yogurt, honey, chia seeds, and vanilla. If the fruit isn't frozen add the ice.
- Puree until completely smooth, about 1-minute
- Divide smoothie mixture into 2 bowls.
- Sprinkle with optional toppings. Drizzle with additional honey, if desired.
- Frozen fruits and very cold liquids will result in a thicker smoothie bowl
- Reserve some fresh berries for topping your bowl