Any easy 4 ingredient strawberry smoothie bowl made with frozen fruit, this turns into a healthy ice cream-like treat when blended. Perfect for summer. This is ready in minutes and is a great way to use ripe bananas that have been frozen for later.
You need just four ingredients here, but can add any toppings you like or change up the basic flavours.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Frozen strawberries: regular store-bought frozen berries. Fresh can't be substituted in this recipe because it needs to be thick.
- Banana: freeze a ripe banana for at least four hours before using here (it is easier to peel and slice them before freezing).
- Add-ins: granola is classic, and fresh strawberries are a nice pairing with the smoothie base. You could try cardamom instead of vanilla, or swirl some yogurt through before serving, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
- Protein powder: not pictured, but it can be a good addition if you're looking to make a more filling snack. Choose a variety you like.
Step by Step
Step 1: add all ingredients to a blender.
Step 2: mix until very smooth, and serve immediately.
- Use any blender: this works best in a small blender, like a bullet. A strong immersion blender would also be used, but a standing blender might be too big. For that, either double the recipe or use the tamping stick.
- Sweeten to taste: add a date for extra sweetness and fibre, or sweeten with a bit of liquid sweetener to your personal taste.
- Freeze your own berries: if you want to use fresh seasonal strawberries for this recipe, freeze them individually on a lined tray before transferring to an airtight container.
How to Store
Storage: while the smoothie can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days, it will discolour and tastes best served immediately. The texture will soften if it's refrigerated, too.
Freezing: I don't recommend freezing this because of the added banana.
How do you blend a thick smoothie bowl?
The best trick for a thick smoothie bowl is to use sliced, frozen banana. This makes for the best thick smoothie, especially when other frozen fruits are also used.
Do smoothie bowls need ice?
If you use frozen fruit, you don't need ice for a smoothie bowl. Ice cubes just make it watery and are used in store-bought versions to keep costs down.
Are smoothie bowls healthy?
The ingredients in a smoothie bowl are frozen fruit, some kind of liquid like non-dairy milk, and maybe spices like vanilla. It's high in fibre and vitamins, just like whole fruit.
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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
- 1 Blender bullet is ideal
- 1 heaping cup heaping cup organic frozen strawberries
- 1 small ripe banana sliced and frozen
- 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 scoop protein powder optional
- Add all of the ingredients to a small blender and mix until very smooth.1 heaping cup heaping cup organic frozen strawberries, 1 small ripe banana, 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 scoop protein powder
- Spoon the smoothie into a bowl and add any desired toppings, then serve immediately.