Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

You’ve probably made a smoothie before, but have you ever made a smoothie bowl before? I’ll let you in on a little secret, the main difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl is the amount of frozen fruit you add to it. Basically, a smoothie bowl needs to hold its shape just enough for you to be able to eat it with a spoon. The texture reminds me of a creamy, kind of melty, Italian gelato.

When making any flavour smoothie bowl, the key is to use a high powered good quality blender and more fruit-then-liquid ratio. Fruits that work really well for smoothie bowl making include;

  • Frozen bananas
  • Frozen mangos
  • Frozen pineapples
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen avocado

Overall, large frozen fruit chunks works best and any kind of plant based milk or water will do.

In today’s blog, I share one of my all-time favourite smoothie bowl recipes. This chocolate banana smoothie bowl is naturally sweetened and loaded with good fats, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Did I mention it’s super chocolately-good?  

What makes this chocolate banana smoothie bowl healthy?

  • It uses clean and simple ingredients
  • It’s naturally sweetened
  • It’s allergen friendly; dairy, gluten, soy, and egg free, with also a nut free option
  • It’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and good fats, helping support overall health and strengthen that immune system

A few tips for making this recipe…

  • Use a high speed blender (I use a VitaMix)
  • Make sure all fruit used is frozen and not thawed out
  • Use raw organic cacao for a real chocolatey punch that’s high in antioxidants and magnesium
  • Turn off the blender and scrap down the mixture once or twice if it starts to stick to the sides
  • Do not over blend or it will start to melt

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

A creamy treat that’s healthy, allergen friendly, and filled with chocolate banana goodness.
Author Fay

Equipment

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • High Speed Blender
  • Serving Bowls
  • Serving Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana about 1 cup
  • 1 cup frozen avocado chunks
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter use sun butter for a nut free option
  • 1 tbsp real Canadian maple syrup add a little more if you like it sweeter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp organic whole flax
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

Optional

  • 2 tbsp collagen
  • 2 tsp maca powder

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
  • Pulse 10 or so times to begin breaking up the fruit. Use the blender stick to push down the frozen bananas and avocado (if your blender comes with one – this is not necessary but can help the blending process). After about a minute of blending, the mixture should be ready.
  • Turn off blender, open and tilt to pour. You will need a large spoon or spatula to help scoop out the mix into the bowls.
  • Add your favourite toppings. I enjoy sliced banana, dairy free chocolate chips (or cacao nibs), assorted nuts, and coconut flakes.

Notes

Enjoy right away (it will melt fast if you leave it resting). You can also store it in the fridge, although it will turn into more of a smoothie consistency after an hour or so.

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