We love smoothies around here and recently, we’ve switched to eating more smoothie bowls…and here’s why. We have 2 boys who take “powder supplements” for various reasons, including Charlie who recently gave himself “kissing bone bruises” in his left knee. He hasn’t been able to walk for 2 weeks now and we’re looking at months of recovery. I did some research on natural supplements to help with the healing of his bones and ended up finding some affordable options.
But…he will not swallow a pill yet. Especially the larger supplement like pills and capsules. So I went with powder, with the idea that I’d mix in the right amounts for him into small applesauce bowls or smoothie bowls. He prefers the smoothie bowls…and I can delight in the fact that he’s getting his supplements for his knee, and a big old dose of delicious and nutritious fruits.
Of course, the other boys want in on the “smoothie in a bowl” option too!
The recipe below contains no added sugar – of course you could add a few Tbsp of your preferred sweetener.
And expect to see some more smoothie bowl recipes in the next few months. 😉
Tips for Enjoying Smoothie Bowls
- Use really ripe bananas to increase the natural sweetness. Bonus points: break ripe bananas into smaller chunks and freeze them. Because…
- Use mostly, if not all, frozen fruit. This will help make the smoothie thicker and more ‘ice cream-like.’
- Be prepared with the topping ingredients to assemble quickly.
- If your store has the bulk food bins, look for toppings like chia, slivered almonds, granola, etc. and only get how much you need. A few pinchfuls of each will only cost ya $.10-$.50!
- Use GF granola or other crunchy GF toppings for GF option.
- Eat right away!
Very Berry Parfait Smoothie Bowl
Yield – 4 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 2 minutes in blender
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 1-ish cup water – depends on how well your blender blends all frozen fruit
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- Toppings: sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
- Topping: granola or other sliced nuts and seeds
- Add the coconut or almond milk, water and frozen fruit into blender. Blend until smooth…it will be thick, so stream in a little hot water to help thin it out, if necessary.
- Pour quickly into bowls and top with berries and granola.
- Enjoy Very Berry Parfait Smoothie Bowl for breakfast or snack!