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This healthy Mango Berry Smoothie Bowl is a symphony of contrasting and complementary textures and flavors – creamy yet thick, sweet yet tangy, with a delightful crunch from the chia seeds. It’s a refreshing, nutritious, and satisfying meal, perfect for a health-conscious gourmet.
The texture of the antioxidant-rich blackberry strawberry mango smoothie bowl is rich and creamy, thanks to the generous use of Greek yogurt or double cream plain yogurt. This creamy base provides a luxurious mouthfeel, contrasting beautifully with the slight crunch from the chia seeds, toasted nuts and coconut. The frozen berries and mango add a delightful frosty thickness to the bowl, making it satisfyingly spoonable.
This recipe started out quite differently when I first made it a few years ago. At the time I used kefir yogurt and blackberries only and found that it was somehow lacking in any complex flavors and was a little bit too tart. Flavor-wise, the new and improved easy frozen mango berry smoothie bowl is a vibrant medley of sweetness and tang.
The mango, with its tropical and slightly tart undertones, is the star of the show. It imparts a bright, sunny sweetness that’s beautifully complemented by the deep, wine-like notes of the blackberries and the fresh, summery sweetness of strawberries. The natural sugars in the fruits make them the primary flavor drivers.
The yogurt, depending on whether it’s double cream or Greek, adds a slight tanginess or a more pronounced sour note, which balances the sweetness of the fruits. The honey, drizzled to taste, can enhance the overall sweetness, adding a floral note if a particularly aromatic variety is used.
Chia seeds, while subtle in flavor, contribute an earthy note and a delightful poppy texture, adding a layer of complexity to the bowl. They also absorb some of the moisture from the yogurt and fruits, thickening the smoothie slightly and enhancing its spoonable quality.
Tips for making the best Mango berry smoothie bowl
Remember, the best mango berry smoothie bowl is one that caters to your personal taste preferences while balancing flavors, textures, and nutritional value.
- Use high-quality, ripe fruit (always frozen when using): The quality of the fruit is paramount. Ensure your mango, strawberries, and blackberries are ripe and flavorful at the time of purchase. If buying frozen fruit, choose a brand known for its quality and freshness. Ripe fruits not only add natural sweetness but also ensure a rich, full-bodied flavor. Note that the fruit must be frozen ahead of time to ensure the thick spoonability of a smoothie bowl.
- Balance your yogurt choice: The type of yogurt you use can significantly impact the taste and texture. Greek yogurt will give a thicker, creamier texture and a tangier taste, while regular plain yogurt will be smoother and milder. Depending on your preference, you can adjust the type of yogurt to suit the desired creaminess and tartness.
- Sweeten wisely: Adjust the amount of honey based on the natural sweetness of your fruits. Since fruits vary in sweetness, taste your smoothie before adding honey and then sweeten to taste. Remember, the idea is to enhance the natural flavors, not overpower them.
- Texture is Key: For a more interesting texture, don’t blend the chia seeds. Instead, sprinkle them on top of your smoothie bowl just before serving. This will add a pleasant crunch and contrast to the creamy smoothie base but means that you lose some of the chia’s natural thickening power.
- Get creative with toppings: The versatility of toppings can turn your smoothie bowl into a work of art and add varying flavors and textures. Consider adding sliced fresh fruits, nuts, granola, coconut flakes, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder. This not only makes your bowl more visually appealing but also allows for different taste sensations with each spoonful.
Other Breakfast recipes to try
- Low Carb Healthy Berry Smoothie
- Satisfying 5 Berry smoothie bowl
- Greek yogurt and Granola breakfast bowl
- Dairy Free Overnight Muesli and Oats
- Shakshuka – Poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce
Healthy Mango Berry smoothie bowl
Smoothie bowl ingredients
- 75 grams blackberries frozen
- 75 grams strawberries frozen
- 140 grams mango cubes frozen
- 500 ml greek yogurt unsweetened
- 5 ml chia seeds approximately 1 teaspoon
- 5 ml honey to taste
Smoothie bowl toppings
- 6 Fresh blackberries
- 4 fresh strawberries
- 15 ml toasted almonds
- 30 ml toasted coconut flakes
- Edible flowers optional
- Put all the ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately with your desired garnish.
- You may use other berries like raspberries or blueberries.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.
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