Whoo Hoo! It’s officially been one full month since the Sweet Spender launched! I want to express my gratitude for all who have been reading so far. Especially for having patience with all of my site mishaps (I’m still learning, you know). I figured I would share something sweet to celebrate the Sweet Spender’s anniversary, and what better to do that than with my tropical style smoothie bowl.
Mastering the Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are sooooo good. If you’ve never had one, girl, today is your lucky day. They’re super simple to make, and once you get the hang of it, there’s no end to how many flavors you can invent. Let those creative juices flow!!!
The best part about smoothie bowls is how thick and creamy the smoothie actually is. My secret to extra creamy smoothies is using frozen bananas. Their consistency is so smooth and heavy, it’s perfect for thickening up any smoothie. Bananas also have a natural sweetness, so they’re a great healthy replacement for sugar!
Banana Freezing Tip: To make bananas easy to use right out of the freezer, peel and slice banana beforehand, then place in a ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
Be careful how much liquid and ice you add in. Ice may sound like an easy thickener, but if you overuse it you’ll end up with watered down flavor. I use just a splash or two of almond milk, mostly to help the fruit get blended.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Makes 2 Servings
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 diced frozen mango
- 1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple (w/juice)
- 1/8 cup almond milk, soy milk, or milk of choice
- 2 TBSP Shredded Coconut
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1/2 Sliced banana
- 1/4 cup Sliced Pineapple Chunks
- 1/2 cup granola
*all toppings are optional – though I highly recommend them. Choose your own adventure with toppings – be creative and add your favorite crunchy, gooey or chewy toppings to make your smoothie bowl your own.
Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, or until it reaches desired consistency. Divide the smoothie into two bowls (or one gigantic bowl… nobody’s judging). Use a spoon to smooth out the top. Place all desired toppings onto the smoothie mixture in a semi-circle design.
Enjoy your smoothie bowl goodness, and let me know what you think in the comments!