Smoothie bowls have taken over my Instagram feed. I am in love with the vast variety of bowls, toppings, and ingredients that people have started to put together. “Why not just make a regular smoothie and drink it out of a cup?” asks my practical side of the brain. “Because it’s so pretty this way!!!” says my creative/immature side of the brain. So pretty smoothie bowls it is, and with summer coming up, I thought I’d share this perfect tropical mango smoothie bowl that you can recreate in your own kitchen!
I love the thicker consistency of smoothie bowls. Although to be honest, you kind of have to eat it right away or it melts into a regular smoothie consistency. But eating this blend of fruits with a spoon makes it fun and reminds one of eating ice cream or sorbet…in a much healthier manner.
The best part about smoothie bowls is decorating them. There are endless combinations of toppings: chia seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, almond or peanut butters, coconut flakes, fresh fruit, and the list goes on. The base of all smoothie bowls is usually frozen bananas, which I find to be a genius idea. Frozen bananas already serve as “nice cream” (basically, healthy ice cream), so why not take that base and add fruits, a little liquid, and call it a breakfast in a bowl?
I’m pretty sure you can add whatever else your heart desires and this will still taste good. I’m only sharing one of dozens of possibilities below. But you can add in yogurt, milk, protein powder, and additional goodies to boost the nutritional factor. I kept this simple with some fruit and coconut water because it is meant to be tropical (and vegan). I hope you give this tropical mango smoothie bowl a try, and let me know your favorite fruit combos!
P.S. in experimenting with my food photography, I tried out a different “dark” shot- it’s different than my normal bright, sunlit food photography. The pic above is a sample of “dark” and “moody” sample. What do you think of it?
A tropical blend of fruits makes this smoothie bowl so delicious!
- 2 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
- 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango, chopped
- 1/2 cup kale, chopped
- 1/2-1 cup coconut water or coconut milk
- Toppings of your choice: fresh fruit (mango, berries), chia seeds, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, etc.
- Place the frozen bananas, berries, mango, and kale in a blender. Pour 1/2 cup of coconut water or milk (up to you) and blend.
- If it's hard to mix and is not blended smoothly, add a little more liquid to get everything smooth.
- Pour into a bowl. Top with toppings of your choice.
Feel free to adjust to your preferences: options to replace liquid include almond milk, water, orange juice.