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.
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.
- Almond and Coconut breakfast pancakes,
- Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats
- Greek Yogurt and Granola breakfast bowl
- Easy Homemade Granola
- Homemade Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli
- Low Carb Almond and Coconut bread
5 Berry smoothie bowl
- 250 ml greek yogurt
- 2 large bananas (sliced and frozen the night before)
- 10 raspberries (frozen)
- 10 strawberries (frozen)
- 30 ml orange juice
- 10 raspberries
- 6 kiwiberries (sliced in half)
- 12 blackberries
- 20 blueberries
- 30 ml slivered raw almonds
- 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.
- Add honey to sweeten if the fruits are too tart.
- Cape gooseberries (goldenberries) may be substituted for kiwi berries
Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.
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