Smoothie bowls are taking over social media platforms for their sheer beauty. They say you eat with your eyes, and these mouth watering bowls packed with phytonutrients and superfoods certainly fit the statement.
I have been studying smoothie bowls for a little while. For those of you who know me well, I am absolutely in love with smoothies. So during the love and research time I spent on smoothies, I also dabbled in the world of learning about smoothie bowls. They have become a family fave, and I just love sneaking in some veggies into the mix - oops did I just say that out loud?!?!
Anyway, there is no real proven recipe with smoothie bowls. The golden rule to these bowls is a GOOD BLENDER. I have tried to knock these up in a ninja, which was an epic fail. You really need a high speed blender, that has a tamper attachment. This allows your smoothie bowl to be blended up evenly with the end result being smooth and creamy. Thermomixes or similar can also be used, they just don't turn out as creamy, however none the less - a thick smoothie consistency is achieved.
Here are my 'Golden Rules' when it comes to making smoothie bowls
- High speed blender, with tamper attachment
- High percentage of your ingredients MUST be frozen
- Ensure you have popped the minimum amount of ingredients into your blender so when you insert your tamper, you can touch the ingredients and pressure can be applied. This will allow for the vortex action to occur, which will give you a well blended smoothie bowl.
- Use a light splash of coconut water or milk to loosen the frozen fruit.
- Get creative with your toppings - muesli, coconut flakes, chia seeds, fresh tropical fruit, goji berries etc....I have an easy muesli recipe that partners well with smoothie bowls, you can find recipe HERE
My basic smoothie bowl base ingredients are;
2 x cups frozen fruit
1/2 banana or mango
1/4 cup chia seeds or cashews/flaked almonds
Commonly, smoothie bowls are also known as 'Açaí' bowls. This originated from the superfood berrie acai, and is now sold at health food stores as 'smoothie packs' This is what also offers the bowl the vibrant 'purple' colour. If I want a superfood hit in my smoothie bowl, I also add 1/2 a block to my recipes. They are a powerful superfood, and if you want to boost your childs nutrient intake, this is certainly the go!
Read more about acai smoothie packs HERE
Locals - any Go-Vita store will sell these packs, or if you are local to me - visit Magda at 'The Green Scoop' Edithvale Road.
The trick with smoothie bowls, is to get creative. Here are some basic fruit combinations;
Strawberry/Banana/Blueberry + Spinach
Pinapple + Mango - if you want a green smoothie bowl add spinach
Frozen banana, acai block + spinach
I hope this offers you plenty of inspiration and information on how to create an amazing smoothie bowl. They are the perfect summer treat!
Enjoy & please share your creations with me - tag me on social media, I would love to see them!