This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl makes the perfect breakfast. It's packed with fresh fruits and protein. Frozen meets crunchy goodness in this flavor loaded smoothie bowl made for the Spring & Summer months. Save time and money by making these berry bowls at home in just 10 minutes!
My kids and I are long time lovers of açaí bowls and this smoothie bowl is on a similar level. I love it for breakfast, but also as an afternoon snack. It's the best pick me up and I know it's a lot better for me than downing caffeine packed lattes in the afternoon to keep my eyes open. Anyone else get a little sleepy around 3 pm?
Smoothie bowls originated in Brazil. The bowls got really popular in the US because surfers out in California started snacking on them after a surfing session. The bowls gained popularity quick and have spread throughout the United States.
Getting these bowls made at an açaí bowl shop can cost a small fortune, especially for a family, so we're making them at home!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It only takes less than 10 minutes to make
- Save time and money by making smoothie bowls at home
- Cool off from the Spring and Summer heat with a frozen treat
- They are packed with protein and could easily replace breakfast or lunch
Frozen Strawberries-The main ingredient of the base of the smoothie bowl and responsible for the sweet flavor and frozen texture.
Banana-Added for texture and more sweetness. If you can freeze the half of banana prior to putting it in the blender, you will get an ever thicker smoothie.
Almond Butter- My preferred nut butter in a smoothie for its rather bland flavor. I love peanut butter, but I feel like the flavor can be overpowering in a smoothie. Almond butter adds a depth and richness to the smoothie bowls without adding a lot of taste. Plus, it's got protein & it's high in good fats.
Greek Yogurt & Milk- Added for more protein and to thin the ingredients down into a pureed smoothie form.
Honey-Optional, but I love it for sweetness. It helps to balance out the tart flavor from the berries.
Granola, Fresh berries, and banana- A variety of toppings that give us a lot of different textures, which I believe is the key to a flawless smoothie bowl.
Substitutions & Variations for the Smoothie Base:
If you are dairy free, look for a dairy free form of greek yogurt. You can substitute the whole milk for oat milk or almond milk.
Love acai bowls? Add in a quarter of a 3.5 ounce packet, about 1 ounce, of frozen açaí into the smoothie base. Acai is pretty bitter in this form, so you may need to add more honey to balance it out.
If you don't want to add extra sugar, leave out the honey.
Want veggies in your bowl? Add in kale or spinach leaves, but make sure you have a good blender and blend it really well! There's nothing worse than getting a chunk of spinach in your smoothie.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings:
Crazy about Smoothie Bowl Toppings? Me too. You can go really wild with these. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Fresh fruit- berries, bananas, mango, pineapple, cherries, etc.
- Chocolate chips or chunks of dark chocolate or drizzle on Nutella
- Your favorite granola
- Chia seeds or any kind of nuts
- Coconut flakes
How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl:
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Here are the Step by Step Instructions for these Smoothie Bowls. Recipe Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Prepare Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Cut up the fresh strawberries and slice the fresh banana for topping. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine Smoothie Base Ingredients in Blender
Add the frozen strawberries, ½ banana, milk, greek yogurt, almond butter, and honey into the blender. Start it on low and blend. Scrape down the sides when needed and continue to pulse until fully combined.
Step 3: Smoothie Base
Pour the smoothie base into a bowl.
Step 4: Add Toppings
Add the diced strawberry, blueberry, banana and granola to the top.
Step 5: (Optional) Freeze Smoothie Bowl
Place completed smoothie bowl into the fridge for 10-15 minutes before serving or you can enjoy it right away.
When blending, be sure to scrape down the sides of the blender to incorporate all of the ingredients.
I like to stick my finished smoothie bowl with the toppings in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before enjoying, so it is extra cold and frosty.
If you like a really thick smoothie bowl, freeze the banana ahead of time. You can always add in extra berries to make it thicker too.
Check your teeth when you're done, especially if they are crooked like mine!
You want to add the minimal amount of milk and yogurt possible and make sure your fruit is frozen for a thick smoothie bowl.
An acai bowl is going to be incredibly thick and a smoothie bowl is going to be a bit thinner. This recipe is still on the thick side for a smoothie bowl, so that you use a spoon to eat it and not a straw. Freezing it for 15 minutes before eating it gives it more of an acai bowl vibe.
Storing Smoothie Bowls:
Smoothie Bowls are best eaten right when they're made or freeze and eat within the hour. My kids will eat them completely frozen after a full day, but I prefer them within an hour because they freeze solid like a popsicle.