Thanks to UNC MPH Nutrition Intern, Elise Felan for putting this together. It’s so fun and delicious. Try it out!!
I really like a smoothie bowl because it is just as easy as making a drinkable smoothie, but is more filling because you can put toppings on it!
All you have to do for this recipe is gather your ingredients, blend them up and top with whatever you think will taste good!
Let’s Take a look at the ingredients –
- Acai is a unique ingredient that is used in this bowl to help give it the thick consistency that make it a smoothie bowl! Acai provides some fat and fiber to the smoothie bowl. It can be found in the freezer section next to frozen fruits in packets that resemble a frozen paste. If you can’t find acai, try using another 1/2 of frozen banana or 1/2 an avocado.
- My favorite fruit to use for this are frozen mixed berries, but use whatever is available to you! Berries are a great source of fiber.
- Having most of the ingredients frozen, including the banana help to lend extra creaminess to this smoothie bowl, because we don’t have to add ice (which will melt into water in the bowl).
- Milk of any kind (Cow, almond, soy, cashew, etc) adds liquid to help blend the ingredients together. It can be replaced with nutrition supplements like ensure or boost to add extra protein – I would suggest vanilla flavor to complement the berries!
- Plain greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, that helps to add protein to the smoothie bowl!
- Toppings such as sliced fresh berries, bananas, granola, flaked coconut, nuts, and seeds are great additions to the top of this smoothie bowl. I usually choose 2 or 3 toppings at a time that equal about 1/2 to 1 cup total.
Let’s Make a Smoothie Bowl!
First add all of your ingredients into a blender, minus the toppings you have chosen! I find it helpful to add the yogurt and the milk to the bottom to make the blending quicker. Blend until smooth, noting that the smoothie will be thicker than normal.
When the ingredients are smooth, pour into 2 bowls and top with your desired toppings. Here I topped with sliced strawberries, blue berries and coconut for a red, white and blue theme.
Freezing the prepared smoothie bowl
An attendee of a July webinar suggested that these may be prepared, frozen, then eaten whenever you want them to help with having prepared snacks during treatment. So, I did an experiment. And this is the best way I found to prepare the smoothie bowls ahead of time –
- Make the smoothie in the blender as directed
- Spilt into containers – I used glass canning jars
- Remove from freezer 5 minutes before planning to enjoy
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy!
Berry Powerful Smoothie Bowl
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 Bowls 1x
- 200 g Unsweetened Acai puree
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 banana (frozen)
- 3/4 cup milk (or nutrition drink)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plain greek yogurt
- Toppings – Fresh fruit/berries, granola, coco chips, nuts, seeds, coconut, etc.
- Add all Ingredients to blender and blend until smooth (Add yogurt & milk to bottom of blender, first)
- Divide into 2 bowls
- Top with desired toppings
For extra protein – Substitute milk with nutrition supplement (like Boost or Ensure) and/or add 1/3 cup powdered milk.
Keywords: Smoothie bowl, vegan, vegetarian
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