5 Berry smoothie bowl

5 Berry smoothie bowl

This 5 berry smoothie bowl is utilizes ripe summer berries, bananas and Greek yogurt for a quick and easy breakfast that can sustain me until lunch time during the working week.

I never have the time to make a cooked breakfast on a week day and find this berry smoothie bowl to be one of the quickest and easiest breakfasts to throw together. The contrasting sweet and tart flavors as well as the smooth and crunchy texture of chopped or sliced nuts will satisfy any breakfast cravings.

My 5 berry smoothie bowl includes bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi berries and raw almonds. Kiwi berries have a very short season and gooseberries can be used instead.

Smoothies can be very healthy, nutritious and delicious if you stick with fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, nut butters and milk. It is a good substitute for sugary breakfast cereals and a clever way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet without having to chew for ages.

Personally, I seldom add ice to my smoothies and prefer to make my frozen berry smoothie recipe with a variety of frozen fruit for the cooling element. You can make your berry smoothie bowl healthy by including nut butters, flax seed, avocado (good for thickening in place of banana), bee pollen, almond or coconut milk, muesli, oats, spinach or celery. You can also make this a vegan smoothie bowl by substituting coconut or other plant based yogurt for the Greek yogurt.

This recipe is very forgiving and can be made into a strawberry smoothie recipe if you have no raspberries or a raspberry smoothie recipe if you have no strawberries. Use any combination of other berries for decoration.

What is a smoothie bowl?

I must confess that the first time I saw a smoothie bowl was on my Instagram feed and I kept wondering what all the fuss was about.

The first thing I learned was that the consistency of any smoothie bowl is significantly thicker than a normal fruit smoothie, so that one can eat it with a spoon. This helps especially with the toppings.

My first attempt at making a smoothie bowl was a complete disaster. It was thick but not enough to hold the fruit or eat it with a spoon. Refrigerating did not help the matter and I ended up drinking the smoothie and eating the toppings out of the empty bowl.

I realized a few things needed changing!

How to make a smoothie bowl thick

  • Ensure that all the ingredients are cold (slice and freeze your larger fruits in single or double portion batches in advance). It will give a lovely thick consistency when blended with the Greek yogurt (similar to frozen yogurt).
  • The frozen banana will give the smoothie bowl a thick and creamy consistency like nice cream. However, if you want to make a keto or low carb smoothie bowl without banana, you can and add avocado instead. The avocado emulsifies and thickens quite significantly and only a small portion is needed.
  • Smoothies should be served and eaten immediately, more so if you are using fruit that generally discolors when exposed to air, like bananas or apples. The longer it stands the more the smoothie will darken and appear more brown.
  • The fruits tend to break down further when blended, especially if you are using an acidic juice. This will make the consistency even runnier.
  • Ensure that you have a powerful enough blender to pulverize the frozen fruits and ensure a creamy smoothie bowl. Pulse the frozen fruits a few times first to prevent your motor overheating.
5 Berry smoothie bowl

Delicious and healthy

If you like something more substantial for breakfast than a mixed berry smoothie recipe with yogurt, why not try one of the other recipes below.

5 Berry smoothie bowl

5 Berry smoothie bowl

This easy to make 5 berry smoothie bowl utilizes summer berries to top a luxurious fruity yogurt blend with contrasting sweet and tart flavors enhanced with the crunch of raw slivered almonds.
5 from 13 votes
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Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder

Ingredients

Smoothie

  • 250 ml greek yogurt
  • 2 large bananas (sliced and frozen the night before)
  • 10 raspberries (frozen)
  • 10 strawberries (frozen)
  • 30 ml orange juice

Toppings

  • 10 raspberries
  • 6 kiwiberries (sliced in half)
  • 12 blackberries
  • 20 blueberries
  • 30 ml slivered raw almonds

Instructions

  • Blend together the greek yoghurt, banana, strawberries and raspberries with the orange juice until smooth.
  • Divide equally between two bowls.
  • Decorate with toppings and serve.

Notes

  • Add honey to sweeten if the fruits are too tart.
  • Cape gooseberries (goldenberries) may be substituted for kiwi berries

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcal (24%) | Carbohydrates: 86g (29%) | Protein: 21g (42%) | Fat: 10g (15%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) | Cholesterol: 6mg (2%) | Sodium: 56mg (2%) | Potassium: 1697mg (48%) | Fiber: 17g (71%) | Sugar: 51g (57%) | Vitamin A: 369IU (7%) | Vitamin C: 315mg (382%) | Calcium: 285mg (29%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Oana @AdoreFoods
    September 29, 2015 at 2:15 am

    This is definitely going on my breakfast list! Looks so yummy

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      It is yummy 🙂 Try it and let me know what you think.

  • Reply
    Hillary @ 918 Plate
    September 28, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Yum!
    I keep forgetting to put yogurt in my smoothies. Maybe I’ll do that today!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 1:42 am

      It gives a lovely tang to the smoothie 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica
    September 25, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    What a pretty and healthy way to start the day! I like using frozen fruit instead of ice in my smoothies as well. This looks like a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:48 am

      I find that using ice makes waters down the smoothie and within minutes it tastes like a diluted version of what you actually wanted. The frozen banana and strawberries blended with the yogurt gives you a lovely ice cream texture and flavor.

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal
    September 25, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Yum! Smoothies for breakfast is a personal favorite on a workday because they’re so quick and easy to make! Your’s looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Thank you Rachel 🙂

  • Reply
    Katalina @ Peas & Peonies
    September 25, 2015 at 6:01 am

    This sis exactly what I need for breakfast, a delicious smoothie bowl! Love how refreshing, sweet and healthy this is.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:44 am

      I love the contrast of sweet and tart fruits with the smoothness of an almost ice cream like texture of the smoothie and the crunch of the nuts 🙂

  • Reply
    Ciao florentina
    September 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I am in love with the berry smoothie bowl idea ! Just eating it with a spoon does something magical. Yummy !

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:42 am

      It’s like having guilt free healthy pudding for breakfast 🙂

  • Reply
    Noor
    September 22, 2015 at 6:28 am

    So pretty. And healthy. I’m in love!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Thank you Noor 🙂

  • Reply
    Manju | Cooking Curries
    September 22, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I am very much in a smoothie bowls for breakfast phase right now. This will be a great recipe to add to my recipe list. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

      I love them too now, and they are so easy to throw together in the morning, but still attractive to look at and delicious to eat.

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    September 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Tantalizing, indeed. We love berries in any dish and this smoothie bowl looks just perfect!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 28, 2015 at 12:32 am

      The berries add both color and flavor and for some reason I feel like they brighten up the day 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah
    September 21, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I love berry smoothies! I need to get me some fruit!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I do too, especially if the berries are ripe and sweet 🙂

  • Reply
    Hillary Reeves
    September 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Nice! This looks like a great start to the day.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Indeed it is, healthy and nutritious 🙂

  • Reply
    foodlovinfamily
    September 20, 2015 at 5:44 am

    This looks like a breakfast my whole family would enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

      You are most welcome. I hope you serve it to them sometime 🙂

  • Reply
    molly kumar
    September 20, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I loooove smoothies & so true that they are a perfect breakfast especially when running late. Your smoothie bowl made me feel so hungry n it looks delicious.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Molly. I love smoothies too and usually have them the drinking kind, but who knew a smoothie bowl rocks?

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    September 20, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I feel healthier just reading the ingredients. This is definitely going on my roster for breakfast meal. Not just healthy but yummy too.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Indeed. I felt almost virtuous eating this 🙂

  • Reply
    Chris @ SimpleFood365
    September 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I saw this on Facebook this morning and the first thing I thought was, “BREAKFAST!” It looks and sounds like a great way to start the day or maybe even a snack! Nice share!

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I think I would sneak this is whenever I am feeling for something sweet, since it tastes like ice cream though made with yoghurt and fruit 🙂

  • Reply
    Tomas
    September 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Looks like I need to buy some berries. This looks like a great little dessert.

    • Reply
      Razena
      September 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      I had it for breakfast and it was great 🙂

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