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
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- High Speed Blender
- Serving Bowls
- Serving Spoons
- 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
- 2 tbsp collagen
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 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.