Okay, I know how a smoothie bowl seems.
A smoothie is supposed to be quick and easy, right? You’re supposed to suck it down with a straw, maybe in the car on the way to work or something. Why put it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon? I’ll tell you why.
Because I don’t do anything the easy way, friends.
Just kidding. This smoothie bowl is really easy. And it’s pretty much the definition of the easy way, since you’re getting a full cup of leafy greens in the form of a creamy, frozen, sorbet-like bowl of goodness. Check out the picture. See how thick it is?
There are actually a few reasons for making a smoothie bowl instead of an ordinary smoothie. First of all, eating more slowly with a spoon instead of slurping it down through a straw helps your body understand that you’re eating, and you’ll feel full after eating this smoothie bowl. I don’t usually feel full after a smoothie unless it’s a really calorie-dense smoothie with seeds, nut butters, and other particularly filling ingredients. But this smoothie bowl isn’t. It’s light and fresh, and yet it’ll fill you up.
The second reason for a smoothie bowl is that this one is hardly a smoothie and more of a thicker kind of treat, like a sorbet. But it isn’t sweetened the way sorbet is, and I wouldn’t really consider it a dessert. Also, it’s green. So there’s that.
The third reason is the best reason of all: toppings. I love the crunchy and chewy toppings you get to enjoy when you’re eating a super-thick smoothie bowl like this one. You can see from the pictures that I added almonds, shredded coconut, goji berries, and cacao nibs, but you really can add whatever toppings you want. I won’t even judge you if you add chocolate chips. If you’re serving kids, chocolate chips would be a great idea.
Or if you’re serving me, chocolate chips would still be a great idea.
Really, you can make this smoothie work the way you want it to. Pile it with fresh fruit for an extra-sweet treat that might entice your kiddos to have some. Or keep it extra healthy the way I did. Make it how you like it.
And if you’re actually looking for an honest-to-goodness smoothie that tastes like a salted caramel milkshake but is still wonderfully healthy, try out my Superfoods Salted Caramel Date Shake. You won’t be sorry.
The easiest green smoothie bowl that's perfect for green smoothie newbies. Tasty with banana, pineapple, and toppings.
- 2 bananas, frozen and broken into chunks
- 1 cup fresh pineapple cut into chunks
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- pinch of sea salt
- suggested toppings: shredded coconut, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, goji berries, fresh or dried fruit, etc.
Add the banana, pineapple, and spinach to your high-speed blender or food processor and process. If you're using a high-speed blender, you may need to use the tamper to press the ingredients down towards the blades while it's blending. For a food processor, you may need to pause it to scrape down the sides.
I don't recommend using a standard blender for this recipe, but you may be able to make it work if you slice your frozen bananas smaller.
Add a little water if necessary to get things going.
Continue blending until the smoothie is thick and smooth. Transfer to a bowl (or two bowls) and top as desired.