Smoothie bowl recipes: Basic, mocha almond, green coconut


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Shake up breakfast with a smoothie bowl. The combinations are endless.

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Shake up breakfast with a smoothie bowl. The combinations are endless.

It’s easy. Make a smoothie, but reduce the fluid content so it’s extra thick. Pour it in a small bowl and add toppings, so you’re eating rather than drinking your meal. It’s similar to cereal and milk, but without any processed or refined grains, and with an infusion of whole-food nuts, seeds and fruit, says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.

Even though the ingredients are healthy, she cautions that eating large quantities can provide too many calories. Use a small bowl and limit the toppings. For children, use a 250-ml (1-cup) serving bowl for the smoothie, and top it with 15 ml (1 tbsp) each of nuts, seeds and fruit. That will make a well-rounded kid-sized breakfast (about 300 calories).

Elaine Nessman, who writes the blog Flavour and Savour, provides this checklist of smoothie components. Choose your favourites:

Liquid: Water, milk (almond, coconut, cashew, rice, cow’s), juice or green tea. Lewis likes to use coconut water in summer when it’s important to stay hydrated.

Thickener: Banana, yogurt or kefir. Alison Lewis, author of “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes,” also suggests protein powder, which comes in a vegan version.

Fat: Nut butter, avocado.

Protein: Hemp seeds, chia seeds.

Vegetables/fruit: Any fruit or berries, greens such as kale or spinach, or carrots, celery, cucumber, sea vegetables (use sea veggies sparingly as they have strong flavours).

Flavour add-ins: Dates, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla.

Here are Rosenbloom’s suggestions for toppings. Use 15 ml (1 tbsp) of a few of these options:

Nuts: almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts.

Seeds: Hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame.

Dried fruit: Coconut, raisins, acai berries, dried apricots, dates.

Fresh fruit: Sliced banana or kiwi; diced apple, peach, mango or pear; berries.

Toasted oats or granola.

Optional extras: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, fresh mint leaves.


1 ripe frozen banana, sliced

250 ml (1 cup) plain 2 per cent Greek yogurt

125 ml (1/2 cup) frozen fruit or vegetable or mixture of your choice (kale, berries, peaches, etc.)

125 ml (1/2 cup) milk of your choice (skim, soy, almond, etc.)

Assorted toppings (fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs)

In a blender, place all ingredients except toppings. Puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl and decorate with desired toppings.

This recipe makes enough for 2 smoothie bowls.

Source: Cara Rosenbloom, Words to Eat By.



This smoothie bowl is brimming with almond milk and chia seeds, sweetened with dates and gets a kick from Nessman’s secret ingredient: a little leftover coffee from the pot.

“That mere 1/4 cup of coffee transforms this smoothie bowl from chocolate to mocha in two seconds flat,” she says. If you’re not a coffee drinker, leave it out.

1/2 ripe banana, fresh or frozen

175 ml (3/4 cup) almond or other milk

50 to 125 ml (1/4 to 1/2 cup) brewed coffee

15 ml (1 tbsp) almond butter

15 ml (1 tbsp) cocoa

15 ml (1 tbsp) chia seeds

2 Medjool dates, pitted

2 ice cubes


Flaked almonds, sliced banana, fresh or frozen raspberries

Put all ingredients except garnish in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. You may have to scrape the sides once partway through.

Pour into a bowl. It will thicken within an hour or two. Garnish with almonds, banana slices and raspberries.

Makes 1 serving.

Source: Elaine Nessman, Flavour and Savour



The sweetness of the mango takes away any bitterness of the greens in this recipe, says Lewis.

Use leftover coconut milk in soup recipes, Thai recipes, hot chocolate and breakfast cereal.

If you prefer, you can use store-bought granola to top your smoothie bowl.

50 mL (1/4 cup) unsweetened coconut milk beverage

1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces if necessary

75 ml (1/3 cup) frozen chopped mango

250 ml (1 cup) trimmed kale leaves

30 ml (2 tbsp) unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings:

Sliced banana, blueberries, raspberries

Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

Chia seeds

In a blender, combine coconut milk, banana, mango, kale and coconut. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.

Pour into a bowl and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

Makes 1 serving.

Source: “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes” by Alison Lewis (Robert Rose Inc.,, 2016).

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