Remember when I said that I was not giving up my smoothie bowl addition no matter the weather? Well, I am here to let you know I have kept my promise and I am back with a bowl that is simple and will force you into summer-mode. (Irony: This is being posted on a super rainy/chilly Friday.)
When sharing my smoothie bowls online, I often see people intimidated by the idea of making their own version of a bowl. This kinda blows my mind because they are so damn easy to make! There aren’t many rules when it comes to smoothie bowls, which is why I love them so much. With that being said, I understand where this insecurity comes from. It’s easy to scroll through Instagram and think it’s impossible to make food that looks THAT good and while that may be true sometimes, smoothie bowls are all about the basics.
To prove my point, I have decided to share the most simple bowl I have ever made. This bowl requires two ingredients: strawberries and bananas. That’s it! Toss those bad boys into a blender and viola – you have yourself a smoothie bowl. You can also feel free to drop in a few add-ons to amp up the color (raspberries) or nutrition (chia seeds.)
As with all of my bowls, most of the work goes into the toppings (or styling) so that it looks like I tried really hard. Don’t let this step get in your way. Some of the prettiest bowls have their toppings tossed on haphazardly. Be creative and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. At the end of the day – it’s food!
A lot of people struggle when trying to get the perfect consistency for a smoothie bowl (versus an actual smoothie that you can drink.) The secret to that perfect thick and creamy texture is to A – use frozen fruit and B – to blend the frozen fruit first without any liquid. Yes, this process requires longer blending time, but blending the frozen fruit on its own gives you a thicker (ice cream-like) texture. If you do not have a high-powered blender or if you feel like the frozen fruit needs a kick in the ass to smooth itself out, add a small dash of a liquid of your choice. When I say small, I mean as little as possible. If you happen to add too much liquid and the texture is not thick enough, toss the bowl in the freezer for a little and it will tighten everything. You can thank me later.
- 1 CUP FROZEN STRAWBERRIES
- TWO FROZEN RIPE BANANAS
- ONE TBLSPOON OF CHIA SEEDS
- SPLASH OF COCONUT WATER TO BLEND (if needed)
- 1 SCOOP PLANT-BASED PROTEIN (optional)
TOPPINGS (as seen)
- SHREDDED COCONUT
- HOMEMADE GRANOLA
- CHIA SEEDS
Add ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency.
(Note: only add a dash of coconut water if needed to create a smooth consistency.)
Add toppings of your choice.
The one thing I strive for in the kitchen is: effortless. It takes a certain type of DNA to want to spend hours in a kitchen and I do not have that strand. Therefore, all of my recipes do not require a lot of ingredients or effort. In my opinion, simple is best - especially when it comes to smoothie bowls. My best smoothie bowls have straightforward base and I allow the toppings to do all the talking.
Recipes are guidelines, not rule books. All recipes can be recreated or customized to fit your likes, your food tolerance, and your palette. If you see something in a recipe that you do not like or cannot eat, simply replace it with whatever works for you.
I do not provide nutritional information as this will always be based on the ingredients (and amount of ingredients) you include. In order to get the most accurate nutritional value, be sure to read labels and weigh out each ingredient you use.