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How to Make Smoothie Bowls at Home

Want to make smoothie bowls at home? You only need two ingredients to make a really great smoothie bowl base and from there, the variations are endless. Here's the simple formular for the perfect smoothie bowl. PLUS, specific recipes ideas for making all different kinds of smoothie bowls.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Keyword: banana, breakfast, fruit, recipe, smoothie, smoothie bowls
Servings: 1 smoothie bowl
Author: Brittni
Cost: $2-5


  • Food processor (a high-powered blender may work too, but my Vitamix wasn't happy trying to churn through frozen bananas)


  • 2 large frozen peeled bananas broken or cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/8 cup of liquid*
  • optional toppings or fresh fruit, nuts, bee pollen, etc


Freeze 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.

Blend frozen bananas and liquid.

  • 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!


Specific Smoothie Bowl Recipe Ideas

1. Pink Smoothie Bowl

This is the pretty pink smoothie bowl you see in all the photos of this post.
Use dragonfruit and cranberry or pomegranate juice and your liquid, along with the frozen bananas! This will give you a beautiful pink base that you can add almost any topping too.
Dragonfruit is available at local health food stores (check the frozen section for cubed dragonfruit or dragonfruit smoothie pouches) or even in powdered form through Amazon.
To add the same toppings that we did in the photos, start with seasonal stone fruit. Half an apricot and some slices of nectarine, fresh blueberries, toasted coconut flakes, hemp seed powder for protein, and local bee pollen (which can be good for allergies).

2. Nut Butter Smoothie Bowl

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. Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl

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!
An antioxidant smoothie like this is great if you have a sore throat or need a little boost!

4. Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Need something chocolatey? 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. Green Smoothie Bowl

Need some greens? Green smoothie bowls are healthy and delicious. 
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!