A simple, sweet and cold strawberry banana smoothie bowl is the perfect breakfast or afternoon pick me up. Made with simple, wholesome, and seasonal ingredients, these smoothie bowls can be made quickly and keep you full all morning long.
I know, smoothie bowls aren’t exactly a new trend, but they are new to me and let me tell you, I’m so glad I jumped on the bandwagon finally! This strawberry smoothie bowl is just the first of many I plan to share on the blog because it’s become my go-to breakfast on these hot summer days.
It works out nicely too because we’re gobbling up all the strawberries we can get this time of year. Fresh, seasonal strawberries are a family favorite. They’re so good in the summer, and awful the rest of the year, so we eat as many as we can, in as many forms as we can – these smoothie bowls included. Once you see how tasty and easy they are, you’ll be whipping them up with your strawberries too!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Easy to make in just 10 minutes (prep and blending time included).
- Uses only 5 ingredients to make a thick, cold smoothie bowl.
- Can be topped with a huge variety of toppings for different textures and flavors.
- Healthy and refreshing way to use seasonal fruit.
Smoothies aren’t really complicated, I’ve made many fruit based smoothies on the blog, and my strawberry smoothie bowls use similar ingredients, prepared just a little differently to keep them thick and spoonable. As a bonus, these are naturally gluten-free and vegan as well.
- Light coconut milk – this creates a seriously creamy, thick smoothie bowl and I highly recommend it. But your preferred milk can be used instead.
- Frozen strawberries – you’ll need to slice and freeze about 2 cups.
- Frozen banana – just one, sliced and frozen.
- Rolled oats – These add healthy fiber, and help keep it nice and thick.
- Maple syrup – I like to add just a tablespoon to increase sweetness, you could add more or less depending on your tastes.
It’s pretty important to note that before you try to make a smoothie bowl, your fruit should be frozen. Using fresh or thawed fruit will create a thin smoothie, not a thick one you can eat with a spoon.
To get your fruit frozen you can slice up the strawberries and banana then lay the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the whole sheet in the freezer. The fruit should freeze within 2 to 4 hours.
Since that’s a long time to wait for a smoothie bowl, I suggest doing this once in bulk. That way you have lots of seasonal summer berries frozen at their peak of flavor, ready for your smoothie bowls whenever the craving strikes.
Making a strawberry banana smoothie bowl is very easy, you just need a blender. Simply combine everything into your blender cup and let it do its thing until you have an evenly blended, creamy smoothie.
As easy as that is, you may still run into one of two issues that I can help you fix:
- My smoothie bowl is too runny – this can happen if your fruit isn’t completely frozen or too much liquid was added. Try adding a scoop of nut or seed butter, more rolled oats, a few ice cubes, or chia seeds and blending it again.
- My smoothie bowl is too thick – We’re after thick here, but if it’s too much for you, just add a splash of milk, water, or some unfrozen fruit and blend again.
Let’s Talk About Toppings
The beautifully arranged toppings you see on every smoothie bowl play a dual function. They add more texture and nutrients to your bowls so they are more filling as a meal, but also create a stunning bowl you’re excited to dig into. Here are a few of my favorite toppings for my strawberry banana bowls:
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Hemp seeds
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh banana
- Rolled oats
- Chia seeds
Those are just a few of the delicious options, so feel free to experiment and find your favorites.
I hope that if you’re new to smoothie bowls like I am, that these become a breakfast favorite for you too. If you’re an old pro, I know you’ll love this recipe just like I do. It’s such a yummy way to enjoy summer strawberries and it’s a filling, delicious breakfast on hot days.
While I plan to bring more smoothie bowls to the blog with all my favorite seasonal fruits, don’t forget to check out my other classic summer smoothies as an afternoon treat any day!
- Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie
- Pineapple Banana Avocado Smoothie
- Strawberry Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 1 (13.5 oz.) can of light coconut milk
- 2 cups sliced frozen strawberries
- 1 medium frozen chopped banana
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- hemp seeds
- sliced banana
- rolled oats
- chia seeds
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into two bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.