How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

If you like to eat your breakfast with a spoon (as opposed to drinking it through a straw), what better way to start your day than with this cool, nutrient-rich breakfast? Smoothie bowls have endless possibilities depending on your taste preferences. All you need is a good blender, a bowl and spoon, and your ingredients and toppings of choice.

In a blender, combine:

  • ½ - 1 cup frozen fruit: Try frozen mixed berries, mangos, cherries, or another frozen fruit favorite.
  • Fresh fruits or vegetables: You might consider ½ to 1 whole fresh banana. The banana adds a nice creaminess to your smoothie bowl. The riper the banana, the sweeter it will be. Or try adding a handful of kale or baby spinach, some roasted beets or fresh peaches.
  • ¼ - ½ cup milk plus ½ - 1 cup vanilla Greek-style yogurt – OR – ½ to 1 cup kefir
  • Other ingredients of your choosing: Perhaps 1 Tablespoon chia sees, a spoonful of nut butter, a sprinkle of flaxseeds or a scoop of whey protein powder.

Blend until smooth and creamy and pour in a bowl. Play around with the amount of milk/yogurt or kefir, keeping in mind that the thicker the smoothie, the easier it is to eat with a spoon.

A smoothie bowl is not complete without the toppings. Try fresh or dried fruit, a sprinkle of granola, nuts, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, unsweetened shredded coconut, crushed graham crackers or a few chocolate chips. Let your creativity inspire you!

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ or 1 whole frozen banana
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 2 to 3 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Splash of milk

Instructions

Place frozen banana, yogurt, oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a serving bowl. Garnish with toppings of choice.

By Jenna Allen, MS, RDN

Jenna is a registered dietitian with a passion for communicating science in an approachable way. She has been part of the Dairy MAX team since 2008. When she isn't working, Jenna is trying out new recipes with her three kids and working on her food photography. Learn more about Jenna.

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