Recipe for the Perfect Smoothie Bowl
If you've attempted to make one of those beautiful, Instagrammable smoothie bowls, but ended up with liquid slosh with toppings that sink to the bottom, you're not alone.
Like any other dish, creation and presentation for a smoothie bowl is something of an art that requires a good eye, and proper technique. No smoothie bowl is the same, and each require specific measurements based on the ingredients.
It might seem simple to toss a bunch of fruit and coconut milk into a blender, but there are a couple of tips to keep in mind to achieve a simply stupendous smoothie bowl:
1. Use frozen bananas (remove the peels before placing in the freezer)
2. Slice bananas before tossing them into the blender
3. Use a heavier liquid such as coconut milk or almond milk opposed to water
4. Use a high-power blender (I use Vitamix. If you're on a budget, there are alternative options such as Oster Versa Pro Series Blender)
Once you have the basics down, it's time to make the perfect smoothie bowl! Here is my go-to recipe with ingredients you can find at almost any store - doesn't require special powder, exotic frozen fruits, nada!
- 1 and a half pre-frozen, sliced bananas
- 1/4 cup of coconut milk (from a carton, not canned)
- 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- A dash of cinnamon
- Gluten free coconut granola
- Kiwi slices
Place strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, cinnamon, and milk into the blender. Begin blending on low speed and slowly pick up the speed.
If the frozen ingredients stop blending, stop the blender and use the tamper to stir ingredients. If problem persists, add a splash of coconut milk - not too much since a smoothie bowl should have a thick, ice cream-like consistency.
Once mixed thoroughly (there should be little to no frozen or ice chunks) scoop the smoothie into a bowl and add toppings of your choice. I add granola, kiwi slices, and drizzle honey on top. It's dynamite!
Eat immediately and enjoy!