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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

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This strawberry smoothie bowl is naturally sweet, filled with fruit, and so simple to make. With just 4 ingredients, you can easily customize this creamy smoothie bowl for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack. Vegan, gluten free, and perfect for any smoothie lover!

Strawberry smoothie bowl topped with banana slices, strawberries, nut butters and seeds on a white countertop.

If you’re looking for a way to change things up from your normal breakfast routine, you have to try this easy strawberry smoothie bowl recipe! This sweet treat is rich in strawberry flavor, super easy to make and great for breakfast lunch, or a healthy snack any day of the week!

When you buy a traditional smoothie (or smoothie bowls) at juice bars or cafes, you will find that they are often loaded with tons of sugars and syrups.

But at home, you can control all of the ingredients and customize it to suit your preferences. Packed with whole fruits, this is a great way to get your entire serving of fruits for the day in an easy and healthy way.

The best part, this recipe can easily be customized for special diets: vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, high protein, AND it’s ready in just 5 minutes!

With your favorite fruits, a splash of milk, and any number of mix-ins, you can enjoy this nutritious and delicious strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe that will keep you full for hours!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • A twist on a classic breakfast smoothie
  • Creamy consistency
  • Packed with antioxidants and health benefits
  • Delicious smoothie bowl with nutritious ingredients
  • Customize to your own tastes with toppings of your choice
  • Fast, quick breakfast – ready in 5 minutes!
  • More fun than a regular smoothie
  • Vegan and gluten free
  • Super easy strawberry bowl recipe!

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🥘 Ingredients

To make this healthy strawberry smoothie bowl, you’ll need the only 4 simple ingredients easily found at most grocery stores (see ideas for variations and toppings later in this post!)

Ingredients for healthy strawberry smoothie bowl recipe on a white background.
  • Frozen Strawberries: Fresh or frozen strawberries work well here. If you use fresh strawberries, you might just need to add ice to achieve your desired smoothie consistency.
  • Frozen Banana: The riper the better! This recipe calls for half a banana, but you can use a whole banana if you want a sweeter smoothie.
  • Chia Seeds: Optional, for more protein and a thicker consistency.
  • Almond Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use regular milk or any unsweetened non-dairy milk (like soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk or coconut milk) would work well. You only need a little liquid to get this low cal smoothie bowl the right consistency – you want it to be the same texture as soft serve ice cream. Too much liquid will make it runny.

📖 Variations

While you can certainly enjoy this vegan strawberry banana smoothie bowl on its own, there are so many ways to change it up! Here are some of our favorite mix-ins and optional toppings:

  • Strawberry Acai Bowl: Add 1/2 cup of frozen acai berries into this recipe before blending.
  • Strawberry Mango Bowl: Add 1/2 cup of frozen mango into this recipe before blending.
  • Strawberry Vanilla Bowl: Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to help bring out the sweetness of the fruits even more.
  • Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl: Instead of strawberries, use the same amount of frozen mixed berries.
  • Add Some Greens: Add in 1-2 cups of baby spinach! It’s super mild and takes on the flavor of the smoothie, and adds in tons of extra nutrients. If you use baby spinach, it will change the color of this strawberry and banana smoothie, but you won’t be able to taste it at all.
  • Strawberry Yogurt Bowl: You can add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt for a super creamy strawberry banana bowl and a healthy dose of protein.
  • Add Protein: To boost the protein, and for a thicker smoothie texture, add in a scoop of one of of these protein powders. You can also try adding 1/2 cup of silken tofu for more protein and creaminess.
  • Different Fruits: Try pear, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, apples, or blackberries!
  • Change The Milk: You can use 1% organic milk, whole milk, or any unsweetened plant milk (almond, soy, coconut, etc.)
  • Nuts, Seeds & Other Healthy Fats: 1 tablespoon of peanut or almond butter makes this taste like a PB&J smoothie! You can also add in 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds, flax seeds or even hemp seeds. For an even creamier, thick texture, add in 1/4 cup of avocado.

Smoothie Bowl Toppings

Toppings are my favorite part of a healthy smoothie bowl! Depending on the toppings you choose, your bowl may end up being more of a treat vs. a healthy option – so keep that in mind! Some of our favorite favorite toppings to add to the base of your smoothie bowl are:

  • Different types of seeds: Chia seeds, ground flax seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds.
  • Roasted and chopped nuts: Sliced almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, brazil nuts, peanuts.
  • Fresh fruit: Sliced or diced banana, apples, pear, mango, pineapples, figs, peaches, cherries, plums, nectarines, fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries).
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, currants, diced apricots, cherries, blueberries, figs, dates, cranberries, coconut flakes, goji berries.
  • Different drizzles: You can drizzle all kinds of toppings on your bowl! Try nut & seed butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, walnut, tahini, etc.), sweeteners (maple syrup, blackberry simple syrup, honey, agave, monk fruit) and dessert toppings like cookie butter, granola butter, nutella, chocolate sauce, and caramel.
  • Other sweet toppings: Toasted oats, granola, dark chocolate chips (vegan chocolate chips), cacao nibs.

🔪 How To Make A Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Making this delicious recipe is super easy! All you have to do is:

Prep: Chop up all of your ingredients and add to a high speed blender or food processor.

Frozen bananas, strawberries, chia seeds and almond milk in a food processor.

Blend: Blend until smooth.

Strawberries and bananas blended in a food processor.

Enjoy! Transfer your smoothie into serving bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy immediately.

Strawberry banana smoothie bowl being put into a wooden bowl.

❓Recipe FAQs

Are smoothie bowls actually healthy?

The answer is – it depends on what you put in it! If you load up your bowl with fresh fruits, veggies, plant protein, and no added sugars, then it is a super healthy meal.

But if you add a bunch of sweet, dessert like ingredients (chocolate chips, maple syrup, honey, dried fruit, etc) then your bowl will end up being more a dessert than a healthy meal option.

This strawberry bowl is super healthy because it is:
1) Low In Calories:
One huge bowl (not including the toppings) is only 100 calories! Adding toppings increase the calories, but using my recommendations, it will still be a low calorie meal overall.

2) Refined Sugar Free: All the sugar you get is from the fruit itself. There isn’t any fruit juice (like orange juice), refined sugar in this strawberry and banana smoothie bowl

3) High in Fiber: This bowl has 5 grams of fiber, and you can increase the fiber content by adding more whole food ingredients.

How do you thicken a smoothie bowl?

The easiest way to make a super thick smoothie bowl is to use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit. You can even take fresh fruit, freeze it, and then use it in your smoothie! Other ways you can make this banana strawberry smoothie bowl thick are: adding Greek Yogurt, adding nuts/nut butter or seeds, or adding protein powder.

Does a smoothie bowl count as a meal?

It depends on what you add into it! This banana and strawberry smoothie bowl is more of a snack than a meal without mix-ins and toppings. But if you add a scoop of protein powder or a serving of plain Greek yogurt, and add in some leafy greens and maybe another fruit, then this bowl will totally count as a full meal.

Can You Meal Prep this strawberry banana bowl?

Absolutely! To meal prep this strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe, add all of the fruit and seeds into an airtight freezer safe container or freezer bag, and pop it in the freezer. It will keep for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to make the smoothie, pour all of the ingredients straight from your freezer into your blender! You won’t need much ice because the fruit mixture will already be plenty icy.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Use frozen fruit. While you can make this bowl with fresh fruit, it won’t be nearly as creamy and thick compared to when you use frozen fruit.
  • Using a high-powered blender is vital to ensuring that the ingredients actually get smooth and creamy instead of chunky.
  • For meal prep: To make this smoothie even quicker, store all of the ingredients in a small freezer bag. When ready to eat, just remove from the freezer and blend – no prep needed!
  • Add sweet toppings for more of a dessert feel: You can add sweetener (like honey, agave, or maple syrup) but I’d encourage you to try this without any added sweeteners because the fruit in this smoothie is so naturally sweet! If you do choose to add a sweetener, it’ll be more like a dessert shake than a healthy breakfast!
  • Don’t add ice cubes: It will make your bowl too runny and the flavors will be watered down as well!
Strawberry smoothie bowl topped with banana slices, strawberries, nut butters and seeds on a white countertop.

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Strawberry smoothie bowl topped with banana slices, strawberries, nut butters and seeds on a white countertop.
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4.95 from 17 votes

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

This strawberry smoothie bowl is naturally sweet, filled with fruit, and so simple to make. With just 4 ingredients, you can easily customize this creamy smoothie bowl for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack. Vegan, gluten free, and perfect for any smoothie lover!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 serving
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

Equipment

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a high-speed food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • The strawberry smoothie will be thick and easy to scoop out into a bowl. Top with your favorite smoothie bowl ingredients such as: puffed quinoa, berries, toasted coconut, nut butter, chia seeds or sliced banana.
  • Enjoy immediately!

Video

https://youtu.be/FOtDBjaZo5w

Notes

  • Use frozen fruit. While you can make this bowl with fresh fruit, it won’t be nearly as creamy and thick compared to when you use frozen fruit.
  • Using a high powered blender is vital to ensuring that the ingredients actually get smooth and creamy instead of chunky.
  • For meal prep: To make this smoothie even quicker, store all of the ingredients in a small freezer bag. When ready to eat, just remove from the freezer and blend – no prep needed!
  • Add sweet toppings for more of a dessert feel: You can add sweetener (like honey, agave, or maple syrup) but I’d encourage you to try this without any added sweeteners because the fruit in this smoothie is so naturally sweet! If you do choose to add a sweetener, it’ll be more like a dessert shake than a healthy breakfast!
  • Don’t add ice: It will make your bowl too runny and the flavors will be watered down as well!

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g

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52 responses to “Strawberry Smoothie Bowl”

  1. I made this smoothie using chia seeds and almond milk. Made it the night before and my morning was easy and delicious! Thank for the recipe!5 stars

  2. I hadn’t made a smoothie in a long time. Reading your recipe prompted me to get my blender out. This was delicious! Thanks!5 stars

  3. Healthy and a perfect yummy smoothie for a delightful Breakfast treat. Made with healthy combination and seasonal strawberries too.5 stars

  4. Wow, that is one loaded smoothie! Totally agree on how the store bought ones are sugary! I love a good smoothie, love mine with chia seeds!! great breakfast/snack anytime!5 stars

  5. I love using chia seeds in smoothies and this recipe sounds good. Pear is a great choice!! So tasty and yet not as common for smoothies. Yum, can’t wait to try it, cheers!5 stars

  6. Love this recipe! I replaced almond milk with soy milk and it was still delicious. Perfect for rushed mornings too 🙂5 stars

  7. I love that a “Husband’s” recipe showed up when I was googling ideas for a morning smoothie. I have ‘gurds’ so I have to limit my acid intake and also an aversion to pineapple, lol. So I added a wedge of mango and that added the sweetness it needed and turned out great. And I also used unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk. Mixed in my morning fiber/prebiotics powder and can’t even tell it’s in there. I love our new ninja blender, we are going after the foodi next.4 stars

    • That is so great to hear!! Love the modifications you made to have this recipe work for you! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  8. Hi Anjali. I was absolutely delighted to find this wonderful recipe. I’m taking maca root powder for a couple of years now, and adding it to your smoothie will be perfect. Thank you

      • Hi again, Anjali. What can I say, the smoothie was a hit. Even my small daughters loved it, and they don’t like too many things (:
        Thanks again

  9. Hi!
    Found your blog through Pinterest. I have a couple questions. I’m a super picky eater plus I have gut issues that make it hard to eat in the morning. I’ve thought about smoothies, like maybe the green smoothie because I dislike pretty much every vegetable. I’ve read, however if you get a good blender you can use spinach and you’ll never know. So my questions are-Is the Ninja good enough to turn spinach unnoticable and what else can I use for protein. Someone told me that’s what I need to help get going in the morning, but I can’t do eggs and most bread type foods make me sick for the rest of the day. Thanks!!

    • Hi Susan!! Thanks so much for reaching out to me! Sorry to hear about your gut issues – I had stomach issues for a few years and smoothies worked great for me in the mornings (they were easy to digest and I got tons of fruits/veggies from it). So yes – the Ninja should be strong enough to pulverize spinach or kale so you won’t even notice it’s in your smoothie. If you want an even stronger blender, get a Vitamix – they are absolutely amazing. For protein, try unsweetened all natural organic (non gmo) soy milk, or almond butter. Both will work well and will taste great in the smoothie. Let me know how that works for you – and good luck! 🙂

  10. Thank you for sharing the tasty post on “The Husband’s Strawberry Smoothie Recipe” It is awesome, such healthy, nutritious food!

  11. Yum! I love that combination of strawberries, pear, and pineapple, sweet without the sugar. i too usually use flax seed, and have never tried chia seeds. sounds like an interesting addition. Will have to try it. I’d probably add almond milk for the “milkshake” feel, as we try to stay dairy free. Definitely going to try this combination. thanks!

    • Thanks so much Shannon! Totally agree – it’s so awesome that you don’t need added sugar in this smoothie – I often feel that with most fruit smoothies, the sugar in the fruit is enough! Let me know how you like the chia seeds in it! And almond milk is a great alternative if you’re going dairy free – just make sure it’s the unsweetened kind 🙂 Enjoy!!

  12. My fiance has recently turned into a healthy eating fiend, and I love it! He tries out all these new recipes and gets so excited when they turn out well. I’m so glad because it will make our transition into married life that much easier!

    And your husband should be proud of himself…that smoothie looks so refreshing!

    • That is so great! And yes, I think my husband is proud of himself – I’m proud of him too! 🙂 Definitely let me know if there are any recipes that your fiance loves – I’d love to try them out for my hubby.

  13. Smoothies are my favorite. I was contemplating getting a ninja soon… I love your slight additions to his recipe. I usually add flax to my smoothies and I have been meaning to pick up some chia seeds. I’ve had a hard time finding them in stores though… might have to order online!

    • I’ve been really impressed with the ninja so far – especially how easy to clean and versatile it is! Adding flax to smoothies is an awesome choice – I’ve added flax oil to my smoothies in the past as well. You should be able to find Chia Seeds in the bulk section at most Whole Foods, but it might be even cheaper online!

  14. Variations on this delicious and pretty smoothie is my usual breakfast in June and July. Love the variations – I will add flax seeds. It’s nice when some calories are actually good for you!

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