I’ve recently become addicted to smoothie bowls because they’re so easy…and well….Instagram worthy. Haha. And this recipe is both of those things – literally the easiest breakfast idea (only two ingredients for the base) and so pretty!
I asked my friend Alejandra from Hell Yeah Gluten Free to share her smoothie bowl secrets with you. She makes the prettiest / most delicious smoothie bowls I’ve had. And today I’m sharing her recipe base, along with TONS of additional flavor combos.
Here’s everything you need to know about smoothie bowls, straight from Alejandra Luaces-Riera of HYGF…
How to Make Your Own Smoothie Bowls at Home
Makes two servings. The base for these smoothie bowls is similar to ‘nice cream’. Its somewhere between a smoothie and the creaminess of soft serve ice cream, but with only natural sugars and packed with fiber and potassium. One of the best parts of this smoothie bowl base though is it’s versatility. You can make almost any flavor you want, with just a couple of common pantry / fridge staples.
- 2 large frozen peeled bananas, broken or cut into 1″ pieces
- 1/8 c liquid
- (optional) toppings or fresh fruit, nuts, bee pollen, etc
You’ll also need a food processor (a high-powered blender may work too, but my Vitamix wasn’t happy trying to churn through frozen bananas).
Start with frozen bananas as a base. If you have a lot of freezer space, it’s best to go to the store when bananas are on sale and buy several bunches. Then, break them up into gallon zip-closure bags and freeze them. This works best when they’ve been frozen at least overnight.
Toss frozen banana pieces and at least 1/8 cup of liquid into the food processor and start pulsing to break the banana up a bit, then pulse and hold or set to “on” and let the processor do it’s thing. This may take a while, but be patient! With a small flexible silicone spatula or just an ordinary spoon, feel free to pause the food processor and scrape the bottom of the mixer, and stir what’s in there, and keep blending. That’ll help push the contents around so everything eventually gets to the blades and gets pureed. (If your mixture turns into a huge ball and rolls around in your food processor, you need more liquid! Just keep adding little by little through the spout of the food processor until it gets to the desired consistency.)
When the mixture is done, it should be as creamy and perfect as the most amazing soft serve or frozen custard you’ve had. You can test it by dragging the bottom of a spoon around in the mixture. Does it look and feel lovely? Then its ready!
Pick a Mix-in… peanut butter, cocoa powder, fresh chopped fruit, dragonfruit or butterfly pea powder, instant espresso powder – Bustelo is a personal favorite!
Pick a Liquid… regular milk or alternative milks (try nut milks, oat milk, or even hemp or flax milk), fruit juices, or sweetened condensed milk for a real decadent treat
Pick Some Toppings… hemp seed hearts, chia seed, nuts, bee pollen, fresh berries, diced or thinly sliced fruit, fresh local honey, cacao nibs, granola
Specific Smoothie Bowl Recipe Ideas
1. Pink + exotic (pictured) Add dragonfruit and cranberry or pomegranate juice! Dragonfruit is available at local health food stores (check the frozen section for cubed dragonfruit or dragonfruit smoothiepouches) or conveniently in powdered form through Amazon! Pictured here, we add seasonal stonefruit: half an apricot and some slices of nectarine, fresh blueberries, toasted coconut flakes, hemp seed powder for protein, and local bee pollen which is great for allergies.
2. Go nuts! Add 2 tbsp of peanut or almond butter (or 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter in a pinch!) and use almond milk as your liquid. Top with more nut butter, assorted nuts, and dried fruit for some texture.
3. Feeling a little under the weather? Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp ginger powder (or 1 tbsp ginger puree–you can find it in a tube at some grocery chains!), and a tbsp honey for an antioxidant-packed, antibacterial treat! Great if you have a sore throat or need a little boost!
4. Need a boost? Add 2 tbsp cocoa powder, one packet of instant espresso, and a splash of milk. Top with cacao nibs or chocolate-covered espresso beans for extra credit.
5. Need some greens? Add half an avocado, frozen spinach, 1tbsp pureed ginger, and 1/8 cup coconut milk. Top with cashews, cacao nibs, goji berries, hemp seed hearts, or whatever your heart desires!
Are you a smoothie bowl fan? What kinds of smoothie bowls are your go-tos?