Discover 5 easy tips on how to make a perfect smoothie bowl base. 2 bonus tips on the topping ideas and what is more? 5 topping starter ideas.
Smoothie bowls might be the most popular breakfast for Instagram influencers. An influencer’s Instagram feed can’t be complete without a smoothie bowl. This has led to many restaurants specializing in smoothie bowls and offering a wide array of different types and colors of smoothie bowls.
There are many smoothie bowl recipes, but few articles explain how to make any smoothie bowl your heart desires. However, don’t fret; this guide is here to show you how to make the perfect smoothie bowl filled with all the fruits you want. So let’s get started!
Smoothie vs. Smoothie Bowl- What's the difference?
Smoothies are poured into bottles and sometimes taken on the go to gulp down. Smoothie bowls have a thicker consistency than smoothies and are meant to be eaten with a spoon from a bowl and smoothie bowls will keep you full for a longer time.
How to make a smoothie bowl base?
The only difference between a smoothie bowl and a smoothie is the consistency. Most of the ingredients found in smoothies are found in smoothie bowls.
You can use any smoothie recipe, but there are specific steps you should take to make it into a thicker smoothie bowl base.
Tips on how to make a thick smoothie bowl base
Use a minimum amount of liquid
Using an excessive amount of liquid will make the consistency of a smoothie bowl watery. That’s why to make a smoothie bowl, many opt for frozen fruit instead of fresh fruits.
Fresh fruits contain a lot of water, which you want to avoid for a thicker consistency.
Freeze the liquid
Suppose there’s any specific juice you usually like to add to your regular smoothie. In that case, you can freeze that juice into ice cubes and add them to the blender. Almond milk tastes good when added to a smoothie, but it usually separates when frozen.
If you want to use almond milk, a tip could be to make an extra thick smoothie bowl base and then adding the almond milk. This way, you will balance it out. Adding coconut milk to a smoothie bowl is excellent too!
Use frozen fruit
Using frozen fruits is a great option to get a thicker consistency . A berry smoothie bowl is a classic type of smoothie bowl where frozen fruits such as frozen mixed berries are used.
It’s hard to use any fresh fruit for smoothie bowls since fresh fruit means more liquid, something you want to avoid. If you’re going to use bananas in your smoothie or make a banana smoothie bowl, it would be best to freeze the fresh bananas overnight.
Add chia seeds or raw oats
Chia seeds are an excellent ingredient for smoothie bowls. Chia seeds add thickness to any smoothie bowl recipe. On top of that, they’re also considered healthy fats, which you want in a smoothie bowl.
Raw oats are similar to chia seeds and add thickness to a smoothie bowl. You don’t need to cook the oats. Instead, you can easily add them to the blender.
Make sure to blend protein powder or greens first
If you want to add any protein powder or greens into your smoothie bowl, make sure to blend them first separately with a bit of water. In doing that, you are reducing any clumps that may form if you add them directly into the smoothie bowl.
Smoothie bowl topping ideas
A tip would be adding any fruit you added to the smoothie bowl base, but to make sure it’s fresh fruit and cutting it up and topping the smoothie bowl with it.
Make sure it's colorful
Fruit toppings are great to make your bowl pop. Depending on the look you’re going for, contrasting colors such as a green smoothie bowl base and bright red strawberries would be great. For a monochromatic look, you can add red strawberries to a pink smoothie bowl.
All these colors will guarantee a colorful smoothie bowl while still keeping it healthy. If you only have frozen fruits such as frozen strawberries or frozen mixed berries, it should be fine adding some as toppings.
Add some sparkle
Adding toppings such as shredded coconut and flax seeds will elevate both the look and the taste of your smoothie bowl.
Nut butter is also one of the favorite toppings for many. Nut butter such as peanut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter add healthy fats to the smoothie bowl while also giving a more pungent taste. Chia seeds are also popular toppings.
Bonus - Smoothie bowl topping ideas to get started with:
- Seeds: Chia seeds, hemp, and flax seeds
- Fruits: Bananas, berries, mangos, apples, and pears
- Coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- Bee pollen (It’s sparkly!)
- Maple syrup or honey
With these easy tips now you know how to make a perfect smoothie bowl. Let’s know in the comments section what do you think?