Homemade Smoothie Bowl
This Green Smoothie Bowl is a nutritional powerhouse with a sweet and tangy flavor that has a hit of fresh ginger. Naturally gluten free, dairy free and vegan.
Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Smoothies are the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast for weekdays, but when you want a slower start to your morning (maybe a day off, or a weekend), eating it in a bowl is the way to go.
This Green Smoothie Bowl starts with a base smoothie of nutrient-dense baby spinach, banana, pineapple, lime juice and orange juice, and a good dash of fresh ginger.
While this smoothie can certainly be poured into a glass and enjoyed as a drink, the bowl format is just too beautiful to resist.
What is a Smoothie Bowl?
A smoothie bowl is simply a thicker version of a traditional smoothie, served in a shallow vessel and topped with a a variety of pretty and delicious toppings.
Why you will love this Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- Nutrient Powerhouse. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this recipe is a nutritional dynamo.
- Balanced Flavors. Each spoonful is a blend of sweet, tangy and refreshing.
- Customizable. Tailor the recipe to your taste and experiment with various toppings.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl ingredients
- banana – adds creaminess and thickens the smoothie.
- baby spinach – infuses the smoothie with essential vitamins and minerals, and makes it a vibrant green!
- pineapple – introduces a tropical sweetness and refreshing taste.
- ice – just a little bit, to chill and thicken.
- orange juice – adds a citrusy brightness and natural sweetness.
- lime juice – brightens the overall taste and balances the sweetness of the other fruits.
- fresh ginger – infuses the smoothie with a subtly spicy and warming note. This guide on How to Grate Ginger makes it easy.
- agave nectar – an optional addition to add a bit more sweetness.
Green Smoothie Bowl substitutions
- LEAFY GREENS – Instead of spinach, you can swap in other greens like kale, chard or even collard greens.
- FRUITS – Experiment with different fruits based on your preference and availability. Mango makes a great substitute for pineapple.
- SWEETENER – honey or maple syrup work well in place of agave nectar.
How to make a Smoothie Bowl
1. ADD. Add the banana, spinach, pineapple, ice, orange juice, lime juice, ginger and agave to a blender pitcher.
2. BLEND. Blend until smooth.
3. SERVE. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with desired garnishes. Serve immediately.
Home Chef Tips
- Using FROZEN banana and pineapple adds creaminess and eliminates the need for a ton of added ice, so the flavor is more concentrated.
- Place the heavier ingredients at the bottom of the blender for smoother blending.
- Take the time to squeeze fresh orange and lime juice – it’s worth it.
Homemade Smoothie Bowl toppings
The options are endless for how to top this fruit smoothie bowl recipe, but some of my favorite toppings are:
- chia seeds
- coconut flakes
- pomegranate arils
- sliced kiwi
How to store a Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Smoothies are best enjoyed fresh, as soon as they are blended. However, if needed, leftovers can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours.
Homemade Smoothie Bowl FAQs
Yes, when made with wholesome ingredients, they can be a nutritious and satisfying meal or snack.
Using frozen fruits and minimal liquid results in a thicker smoother bowl.
A smoothie bowl is thicker and served in a bowl with toppings, while a smoothie is thinner and served in a cup.
- 1 banana, sliced (preferably frozen)
- 3/4 cup packed baby spinach or kale
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 to 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar, for sweetness (optional)
- Blueberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, lime wedge, pomegranate arils and sliced kiwi, for garnish (optional)
- In blender, combine banana, kale, pineapple, ice, orange juice, lime juice, ginger and agave, if using.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into bowl and top with desired garnishes. Serve immediately.
Starting with a frozen banana and pineapple gives you a nice, thick smoothie suitable for a smoothie bowl with toppings. You can also use a regular banana and a pineapple; your smoothie will just be thinner.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g
This website provides estimated nutrition information as a courtesy only. Nutrition information does not include any optional ingredients or toppings. You should calculate the nutrition information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.