Smoothie bowls are the latest food fad to elevate breakfast from ho-hum to fun. What’s a smoothie bowl? They’re touted as multi-functional; an alternative to calorie-laden ice cream; a new way to enjoy a more healthful snack; or a handy way to add interest and nutrition to one’s breakfast. Smoothie bowls are thicker versions of drinkable smoothies, which have been popular as on-the-go meal options for years. The best part is, you get to control what you eat—how much fiber, how much sugar, etc.—once the “base” smoothie has been poured.
To make yours, you’ll need a good blender or food processor. Recipes can be as varied as your imagination will allow, but the general idea is to blend up some fruit and dairy (yogurt, kefir), perhaps a protein boost from some nut butter, spiked with a hint of flavoring, such as vanilla extract. Or, for a turn-up-the-flavor hit, try a few drops of natural lemon, coconut, orange, or almond extract. Process with a little organic honey, if you choose, and serve in bowls.
Breakfast eaters then choose from among any number of toppings, and tuck in. Choices may include anything from toasted coconut, to fresh fruits and berries, to seeds like poppy, chia, or toasted sesame, to toasted nuts, crushed dry cereals, or what have you. Even canned or frozen fruit serves in a pinch. Unleash your inner child and create colorful, enticing canvases of breakfast goodness. Just remember to snap a photo sooner rather than later—your masterpiece won’t last long.
In a blender, combine 1 cup plain, full-fat kefir, or plain full-fat yogurt, with 1 cup fresh peaches, berries, (pitted) cherries, walnuts, etc. Adjust consistency with added fruit juice, whole milk, soy milk, coconut water, etc., as needed. Add a dollop of honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup, and a add a Tbsp. of almond butter, if desired. Process until smooth. Serve in bowls.
Orange Zest: Omit yogurt and combine orange juice, peach juice, mango juice, or other exotic juice; add fresh pitted peaches, fresh mango, banana or blonde raspberries and process until somewhat thick and creamy.
Berry Blast: Add any variety of berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries) to pourable kefir. Blend well, adding pomegranate juice to achieve desired consistency.
Sneaky Greens: Sneak in some uber-healthful greens. Your family needn’t know they’re getting an extra nutritional boost from select superfoods. Combine a small handful of baby spinach, blueberries, apple juice, walnuts and ice. Adjust sweetness to taste with organic honey. Blend until smooth.
To any of the above, add any of the following toppings, in any amounts.
- Toasted coconut
- Chia seeds
- Sesame seeds, toasted
- Puffed whole grain cereal, such as kamut
- Flake cereal, such as corn or rice flakes
- Fresh pineapple
- Fresh or freeze-dried berries
- Fresh or dried cherries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds, toasted
- Nuts, toasted (e.g. walnut pieces, chopped hazelnuts, almonds, or cashews, etc.)
- Dates, chopped
- Pinch cloves, nutmeg, or ginger