Start your morning right with this delicious blueberry smoothie bowl! Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and protein, this smoothie bowl is a great option for active women. It’s made with just seven simple ingredients for the base, and you can customize the toppings according to your preferences and what you have on hand.
Here’s a photo of all the ingredients you’ll need for the smoothie bowl base, along with ingredient notes:
- Banana – You’ll want a frozen banana for this recipe, as it’s what lends a creamy, frozen yogurt like texture to a smoothie bowl. I love buying clearance browning bananas on the markdown rack at the supermarket, then peeling and freezing them when I get home. That way there are always some to grab for smoothies!
- Peanut butter – This adds satiating fats and extra creaminess to the recipe. You can also use another nut butter of your choice, or skip this if you can’t have nuts.
- Plain Greek yogurt – This is great for adding a protein boost to your smoothie bowl! Because there’s a lot of fruit in the recipe, it tends to mask the tart taste of the plain yogurt.
- Frozen blueberries, mango, plain almond milk, and chia seeds – The rest of what you’ll need!
Smoothie bowls couldn’t be easier to make. Once you’ve got all your base ingredients for the smoothie bowl, pop them all in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy!
A couple tips for blending:
- Smoothie bowls are best when the mixture is quite thick. Because of this, you may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. I recommend doing this before adding more liquid (if you add too much liquid, it ends up being drinkable rather than spoonable).
- If you have a less powerful blender, though, you may need to add a few extra splashes of almond milk (on top of what’s written) in order to get the mixture to blend.
- If you use fresh blueberries or mango, hold off on adding the almond milk and try blending without it first. The fresh fruits release more liquid so it may blend just fine without the additional almond milk. If it doesn’t then go ahead and add it.
Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings
After you make the base, you can add any smoothie bowl toppings that you like. A few ideas:
- Protein granola – This is my favorite option! I like to measure a half serving of protein granola use as a topping, which adds an extra 5 grams of protein to the recipe. I like ALDI’s oat and chocolate protein granola.
- Sliced bananas
- Fresh blueberries
- Chia seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Shredded coconut
- Drizzled peanut butter
- Chopped apples
- Pumpkin seeds
Here are some common questions that may come up as you’re preparing this recipe:
Sure – if you’d like, feel free to add ½ to 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. You may need to slightly increase the almond milk in the recipe to account for the added dry ingredients.
The fruits in a smoothie bowl are pretty amazing for naturally sweeting the recipe. However, if you taste it and find it’s a bit tart for your liking (because of the plain Greek yogurt), then feel free to add a little honey or maple syrup to the recipe.
Smoothie bowl recipes are best prepared immediately before you want to enjoy it. That will keep the best taste and texture, and prevent separating.
As a dietitian, I love this blueberry smoothie bowl for active women! Here are a few highlights:
- Packed with 20 grams of protein to help support muscle repair and recovery
- Features 10 grams of fiber, a nutrient about 95% of people fall short on
- Rich in numerous phytochemicals, plant-based compounds which are important for keeping your body healthy
- Powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, include 22% of your daily calcium needs (key for strong bones), 26% of your daily magnesium needs (involved in many functions of the body), 58% of your daily Vitamin C needs (key for immune support), and 21% of your daily potassium needs (an electrolyte that active people lose in sweat)
More Smoothie Bowls
If you’re looking for more healthy smoothie bowls, be sure to give one of these a try:
- Strawberry banana smoothie bowl
- Spirulina smoothie bowl
- Pumpkin smoothie bowl
- High fiber orange banana smoothie bowl
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you get a chance to try it, feel free to leave a comment or recipe rating.
Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
For the smoothie bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh, see notes)
- ½ cup frozen mango (or fresh, see notes)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ¼ cup plain unsweetened almond milk (may need to adjust, see notes)
Optional topping ideas (choose what you enjoy):
- Protein granola
- Fresh blueberries
- Sliced banana
- Chia seeds
- Place all the smoothie ingredients into a blender. Blend until smoothie and creamy. You may need to scrape down the side of the blender a few times.
- Pour into your serving bowl and add toppings (if using).
- If you are using fresh mango or blueberries rather than frozen, the smoothie bowl may not need the almond milk in order to blend. Try first without it, and then add the almond milk if needed to get it to blend.
- If you have a less powerful blender, you may need to add a little extra almond milk to get the mixture to blend fully.
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