There is a running joke in my family that every time I make a smoothie, I claim it to be the best one I've ever made! It could have something to do with the fact that my memory isn't what it used to be. Needless to say, I've been perfecting my smoothie bowl technique. I'm not going to brag, but I just might have come up with The Best Green Smoothie Bowl recipe ever! It's thick and creamy, has a tropical flare from real coconut and is nutritious, refreshing, satisfying and guaranteed to energize you any time of day.
Things To Love About Smoothie Bowls
As a nutritionist, I love smoothie bowls for the obvious reasons. They're a great way to pack in a ton of fruits and veggies into one meal. For this smoothie I used frozen bananas, frozen pineapple, spinach and the star ingredient were these Pitaya Foods Coconut Smoothie Packs which are made with real coconut meat puree.
But, smoothie bowls are also great because you can add on some really healthy toppings that make it a bit more filling then a regular smoothie. Healthy toppings like chia and hemp seeds, nuts and whole grain oats for example are a great way to add fiber to your diet, as well as other essential nutrients you might otherwise be missing out on. I love to add on fresh fruit as well for even more color and flavor.
I topped this smoothie with fresh blackberries, sliced green grapes, shredded toasted coconut as well as hemp and chia seeds. It was so delicious!
You can even add on your favorite protein powder if you are looking to add more protein to your diet. That's especially helpful for those looking to gain muscle mass or for those who are vegan, and might be having a harder time meeting their protein requirements.
How To Make A Thick and Creamy Smoothie Bowl
I struggled with this for a long time. But I've learned some tricks that make the smoothie bowl experience a bit easier and more enjoyable.
- Use frozen fruit but give it time to defrost slightly. 5-10 minutes is enough to make the blending process a bit easier. Fruit with less water like bananas, mango, avocado and blueberries work well to create a thicker smoothie.
- Use a high power blender with a tamper and blend on low speed/power then gradually increase to a medium speed. You'll need a tamper to help move the frozen pieces around while the smoothie evolves into a thick and creamy texture. Patience is key. Don't blend on high power as this could lead to melting and cause a watery texture to develop.
- Add only a splash of liquid if needed. Plant-based milks are creamy and work well for smoothie bowls.
- Practice makes perfect. Different fruits and veggies yield slightly different results. Don't be afraid to play around with ingredient amounts to get the right texture.
For more healthy smoothie making tips check out my previous post here.
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The Best Green Smoothie Bowl
- high power blender
- ½ cup frozen banana slices
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup spinach
- 3.5 oz frozen coconut puree packet see link above
- 2-4 oz vanilla flavored plant-based milk
- 1 scoop protein powder optional*
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Begin to blend on low power and use tamper to move frozen fruit around until it forms bits and very small pieces.
- Add in a splash of the milk and turn up the speed to low-medium and blend until the smoothie is completely smooth and thick.
- Serve immediately into bowls and add toppings as desired.