A fresh and filling green smoothie bowl is a great way to start the day! It features two smoothie bases finished with a delicious array of healthy toppings.
This green smoothie bowl is a balanced one-bowl meal that is refreshing, rich, and creamy. Have you noticed that I serve a lot of my dishes in bowls? Soup, salad, rice bowls, veggie bowls; you name it! I guess I love eating food out of bowls, so naturally, after seeing the myriad of smoothie bowls floating around Pinterest, I decided to create a version of my own, and man, is it good!
I wanted to take this green smoothie bowl recipe over the top, so I made two different smoothie bases. The first consists of kale, peaches, and banana, while the second smoothie base uses blackberries and blueberries. Then, I topped both with flax seeds, almonds, bananas, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, and pumpkin seeds.
This green smoothie bowl is also easy to make. Once you gather the ingredients, throwing the smoothie bowl together in the morning is a breeze. Just blend the ingredients for the first smoothie base, pour into bowls, rinse out the blender jar, repeat with the second base, finish with toppings, and you are done. Use a few or try them all; the choice is yours!
Why You’ll Love Green Smoothie Bowls
These green smoothie bowls are sure to be your new breakfast favorites. Quick, convenient, nutritious, and delicious; they hit all the marks. The bowls are:
- Easy to make – This green smoothie bowl recipe calls for minimal prep followed by a quick blend. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
- Loaded with nutrients – Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K. It is also a good source of fiber, low in calories, and cholesterol free. Furthermore, bananas are loaded with potassium, and berries with antioxidants. Moreover, let’s not forget the protein, healthy fat, and minerals you get from the yogurt and toppings.
- Customizable – Add as many bananas as you like, swap berries for any you have on hand, or use whatever toppings you prefer. This green smoothie bowl recipe is easy to cater to your tastes.
Green Smoothie Bowl Ingredients
The great thing about this green smoothie bowl recipe is that you probably have all (or most) of the ingredients on hand. The main ingredients include:
- Kale: The hearty greens make this a GREEN smoothie bowl recipe.
- Bananas: The potassium-packed fruit adds sweetness and creaminess.
- Peaches: They give the green smoothie base a lovely flavor and contribute to the texture.
- Greek Yogurt: A source of protein to help prolong satiety.
- Coconut Milk: Adds creaminess and richness due to its fat content.
- Berries: Both blackberries and blueberries are used in the second smoothie base. They contrast and complement the green half of the smoothie bowls to deliver a series of satisfying spoonfuls.
A complete ingredients list with amounts is in the recipe card below!
How to Make a Green Smoothie Bowl
To make these delicious green smoothie bowls:
- Gather your ingredients: Peel the bananas, measure everything out, and have the ingredients ready.
- Blend the green smoothie: Add the green smoothie ingredients to a blender (liquid first), blend until smooth, and divide between three bowls. This green smoothie bowl recipe uses very little coconut milk because less liquid yields a creamier, thicker smoothie base.
- Blend the blackberry smoothie: Rinse the blender jar, add the blackberry smoothie ingredients to the blender (liquid first), and blend until smooth. Next, divide between the three bowls. You can pour this smoothie base directly over the green smoothie base or push the green to one side of the bowl.
- Add toppings: Arrange the desired toppings on top, grab a spoon, and dig in!
Variations & Substitutions
Blanch the kale – Kale can be hard on the digestive system, so if you’ve run into this issue before, blanch it, then cold shock in an ice bath to preserve its color.
Use another green – Make an equally green smoothie by swapping kale for spinach, collard greens, or Swiss chard!
Make it vegan – Substitute Greek yogurt with a vegan alternative like Greek-style coconut or almond yogurt. Soy is nice too.
Use any milk you like – Almond, cashew, oat, soy, and cow’s milk are all fine.
Swap the toppings – Try sunflower seeds, pistachios, toasted oats, hemp seeds, or dried/dehydrated fruit. Get creative with your green smoothie bowls!
What to Serve with Green Smoothie Bowls
Green smoothie bowls are a meal on their own. However, everything is better with a few extras. Serve them with granola for even more crunch, drizzle a little nut butter, dark chocolate, or go with a side of your favorite dried fruit.
You can make these green smoothie bowls and store them in the freezer sans toppings (I will get to that in a bit), but smoothie kits are even better. To make smoothie kits:
- Portion each smoothie base’s fruit, greens, and yogurt in bags or containers.
- Thaw for a few minutes when you’re ready to blend each base.
- Add liquid to a blender, followed by the contents of your green smoothie kit.
- Repeat with the blackberry smoothie base and enjoy.
Storage & Freezer Tips
It is best to store green smoothie bowls in an airtight container without the toppings. Instead, add the toppings just before serving so taste and texture are optimal. You have to freeze smoothie bowls since they do not hold up well in the refrigerator. You can freeze the bases in two separate containers or store them together. Then sit the smoothie bowls out to thaw for 10 minutes, give both smoothie bases a quick stir, add toppings, and enjoy. Be sure to eat the smoothie bowls within a day for the best flavor.
- Green Smoothie
- 2-3 bananas (depending on your taste preference and preferred creaminess)
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (plain)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 bunch of fresh kale
- 2 cups ice
- Blackberry Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (plain)
- 1 banana
- ½ cup coconut milk
- Flax seed
- Cacao nibs
- Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- pumpkin seeds
- 1 banana, sliced
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients for the green smoothie. Blend until completely smooth (this should take about 3-8 minutes). TIP: I like to blend everything except for the ice, then once everything has come together add the ice in last to help break up any of the kale leaves and create a smoother base.
- Transfer the smoothie to your bowls and set in the fridge.
- Repeat this process for the blackberry smoothie (I simply rinsed out my blender first).
- Add the blackberry smoothie to the top of half of each bowl, then top with your desired toppings.
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