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How to make the perfect smoothie bowl

On the menu of every self-respecting breakfast or lunch restaurant is at least one: a smoothie bowl. We love itEspecially when it's nice and thick and creamy. And when it's topped off with delicious smoothie bowl toppings. Have you ever wondered how to make a healthy, beautiful and Instagram-worthy breakfast yourself? We'll teach you how to make the perfect smoothie bowl!

What's a smoothie bowl?

For those not yet familiar with the phenomenon: a smoothie bowl is a thick smoothie served in a bowl instead of a glass. Unlike a standard smoothie that you gulp down with a straw, a smoothie bowl is meant to be a healthy, full-fledged meal that you eat with a spoon. So you can enjoy a smoothie for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch or even a smoothie for dinner. And the best part about making a smoothie bowl is that you can vary endlessly with vegetables, fruits, milk, grains, superfoods and toppings. Ready? Let's go!

Purple smoothie bowl with toppings

Roadmap

Step 1. Get the smoothie bowl supplies

Good tools are half the battle. Making your own smoothie bowl without gadgets unfortunately becomes very difficult, if not impossible. For a perfect smoothie bowl you use a good tool. blender that can crush icePreferably with a power of 1000 Watts or more. Furthermore you need a nice (coconut) bowl or dish and a spoon.

Smoothie with blender
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Step 2. Determine basic ingredients smoothie bowl

Making a smoothie bowl is a party. Your party! Because to make the perfect smoothie bowl there are only a few rules. These rules are not difficult, but you need to know them if you want to make the perfect smoothie bowl. The most delicious healthy smoothie bowls are based on frozen banana, but otherwise you can experiment to your heart's content. This is the best basic recipe for 1 bowl:

  • 1 frozen banana

Slicing an overripe banana without its peel and freezing these pieces works best.

  • 250 grams of frozen fruit and/or vegetables

For example strawberries, beets, avocado, papaya, raspberries, mango, zucchini, pineapple, peach, melon, spinach, blueberries or pumpkin. Mixing is allowed!

  • 60 to 125 ml liquid

For example, milk, vegetable drink, coconut water, apple juice or pear juice.

  • Toppings

Unlimited and not optional! Beautiful and tasty toppings make your smoothie bowl complete. Granola is a great yoghurt topping, but it works even better on a smoothie bowl. Other smoothie bowl topping ideas are grated coconut, chopped nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds, puffed cereal and fresh fruit.

Step 3. Choose additional ingredients in the smoothie bowl

So much for the basics of the perfect smoothie bowl. Now that you know what the basic ingredients are, you can decide if your smoothie bowl needs some extra ingredients. add-ins deserves. Options galore:

  • 1 scoop protein powder

Like whey, casein, pea protein, rice protein, collagen or a blend.

  • 1 tablespoon nut paste

Almond paste, peanut butter, coconut butter, tahini, hazelnut paste or any other tasty nut paste.

  • 1 or 2 teaspoons superfood

For example matcha powder, blue spirulina powder, cacao powder, açaí powder, maca powder, wheat grass powder or ground chia seeds.

Step 4. Making a basic smoothie bowl

Blender at the ready: time to make the thick smoothie! Add all the frozen fruit and 60ml of chosen liquid to the blender jug and blend until you have a creamy smooth smoothie. For best results, use as little liquid as possible (we're going for thick and creamy) and stop the blender a few times during blending to scrape the sides clean with a tamper. Is your blender really starting to backfire? Then it's time for a dash of extra liquid.

Step 5. Adding additional ingredients

Have you decided that your perfect smoothie bowl can't do without nut paste, protein powder or superfood? Then now is the time to add them to the blender jug and blend a little more. More protein? A scoop of protein powder works wonders. Want something a little creamier? Almond paste is your friend. Want a thicker smoothie bowl? Go for ground chia seeds!

Step 6. Top it up

Before you pour your smoothie bowl into a beautiful bowl and start eating, wait a minute. You've just arrived at the most fun part of making the perfect smoothie bowl: the toppings! Let your creativity run wild and choose healthy toppings that you like and that will stay crunchy. Trust us: nobody likes unhealthy crunchy cereal on a smoothie bowl, and it's certainly not fun when the toppings sink to the bottom. With this crunchy granola I'm sure you'll be fine.

Did you make a smoothie bowl according to our step-by-step plan? We like your style! Share it on social media and tag and mention @naturally.granola

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