This berry smoothie bowl recipe is sweet, zingy, and refreshing. An excellent breakfast or snack option, this smoothie has a vibrant pink color and is packed with beneficial antioxidants. It has just four ingredients and is also gluten-free and vegan.
This smoothie bowl is a colorful start to your morning! Raspberries are the star of this recipe, bringing a bright and tangy flavor to the smoothie, while frozen banana makes it creamy and thick.
In addition to being beautiful and delicious, this berry smoothie bowl is a nutritional power pack. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and calcium, nutrients many people don’t get enough of in their diets.
Enjoy this simple recipe with easy-to-find ingredients. It comes together in less than five minutes, making it a perfect option for busy mornings!
What is a Smoothie Bowl?
A smoothie bowl is a very thick smoothie that you can eat from a bowl with a spoon. It usually contains very similar ingredients as a regular smoothie but with much less liquid to give it a spoonable texture. Eating a smoothie from a bowl allows you to add lots of yummy toppings that won’t sink to the bottom!
Raspberries. Frozen raspberries are best for this recipe. They give the smoothie bowl its soft pink color while bringing a bright, sweet, and tangy flavor. Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, an immune booster, and fiber, which helps with digestion. They also contain powerful antioxidants from their bright red pigment.
Bananas. The frozen banana is an essential ingredient in this recipe because it helps make the texture creamy and thick. It’s best to use a ripe banana so it has enough sweetness to balance the tartness of the raspberries. Bananas are a great way to meet your daily potassium needs, which can help lower high blood pressure levels.
Strawberries. Frozen strawberries help bring additional sweetness and color to this recipe. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and folate. Strawberries also fight inflammation in the body due to their strong antioxidant content.
Almond milk. Almond milk is the only liquid ingredient in this smoothie bowl, so the amount you use will determine the thickness of the final product. It’s best to choose a brand of almond milk fortified with calcium since many people who follow plant-based diets lack this mineral essential for bone health. Also, look for an unsweetened version of almond milk to reduce the sugar content of this smoothie.
How to Make a Berry Smoothie Bowl
You’ll be surprised by the complex flavors of this smoothie bowl because it is so fast to prepare. Gather your ingredients and plug in your blender. Let’s get started!
- Place the frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, and banana) into a high-speed blender along with the almond milk.
- Blend on high until completely smooth. You can slowly add more almond milk if the texture is too thick to blend properly. Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
- Add toppings and enjoy with a spoon! You can use any toppings you like. Coconut flakes, fresh raspberries, fresh sliced strawberries, mint leaves, cacao nibs, pomegranate seeds, granola, and chia seeds go well with this recipe.
Start with less milk. If you’re used to making regular smoothies, it may take some practice to get the right fruit-to-liquid ratio for your smoothie bowl may take some practice. A good strategy is to start with less almond milk than the recipe calls for, then slowly add more until you achieve the desired thickness.
Out of bananas? You can omit the banana in this recipe, but the smoothie will be less creamy, and you’ll need to use less almond milk to ensure it’s thick enough. You can substitute avocado to achieve a similar creaminess, though you may need to add a drizzle of a sweetener like maple syrup to balance the tanginess of the berries.
Try other berries. Don’t feel limited to raspberries and strawberries. Other berries work well in this recipe, like blueberries, blackberries, or frozen mixed berries. They’ll also give the smoothie a nice bluish-purple hue.
Don’t have almond milk? Any type of milk will do well in this recipe, so feel free to use what you already have on hand. Depending on your dietary restrictions or allergies, soy milk can be a plant-based milk option that provides some protein to the recipe.
Coconut milk is another popular substitute that provides additional creaminess and some fat, which may help keep you full longer. Feel free to use dairy milk if you’re not vegan.
Smoothie bowls can quickly become runny if left at room temperature for too long. It’s recommended to enjoy your bowl right away. If you have leftovers, the best way to store them is in the freezer.
Gently scoop off the toppings and pour the smoothie into an airtight container. The toppings will get too soggy in the freezer, so you’ll want to use fresh toppings when you eat your leftovers.
Store leftovers in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy, take out the container and set it on the counter at room temperature for a few minutes until you can mix it up. Don’t let it melt too much; it will be too runny to eat with a spoon. Add your toppings and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use fresh fruit instead of frozen?
Frozen fruit is important in this recipe because it makes the smoothie thick enough to eat with a spoon. Fresh fruit will be more juicy, so a smoothie bowl made only with fresh fruit will likely be too runny. You can use a combination of frozen and fresh fruit if that’s what you have on hand, but you’ll need to use less almond milk to achieve the correct texture.
Are smoothie bowls healthy?
Yes! Smoothie bowls are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. However, they do tend to lack protein and fat, which can make you feel hungry shortly after. To make a smoothie bowl into a balanced meal, you can either blend in extra ingredients to provide protein and fat or use toppings to achieve this.
Some ideas include:
- Soy milk or other protein-containing plant milk, like Ripple pea milk.
- Nut butter, like almond butter or peanut butter.
- Hemp seeds.
- Protein powder.
- Greek yogurt (if you’re not vegan).
Alternatively, some people prefer to eat a side dish containing protein and fat, like scrambled eggs.
Why is my smoothie bowl runny?
There are a few reasons for a runny smoothie bowl. The most common mistake is adding too much almond milk. If you’d like to thicken your smoothie, try blending it with more frozen fruit or popping it in the freezer for a bit. Short on time? Simply skip the toppings and drink it from a cup like a regular smoothie!
If you didn’t eat your smoothie bowl right away, it likely melted, making it too runny to eat with a spoon. This recipe can also turn out too thin if you use fresh fruit instead of frozen.
Try These Other Berry Recipes
Looking for more ways to use up those fresh berries? Don’t let them go to waste!
- Fresh Raspberry Chia Pudding– Sweet and creamy nutrition-packed breakfast.
- Strawberry Jam– Simple and sweet refrigerator jam.
- Fresh Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies– Rich, fudgy, and bright dessert.
Tasty Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1 blender
- 1.5 cup frozen raspberries
- 0.5 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- Coconut flakes
- Fresh berries
- Mint leaves
- Cacao nibs
- Pomegranate seeds
- Chia seeds
- Add raspberries, strawberries, banana, and milk to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and add whatever toppings you desire. I've included a few examples here that work well with this recipe, but feel free to get creative!
Images by Lauren Caris Short.