This 3-ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a healthy way to satisfy those sweet cravings in 5 minutes flat. Great for a light breakfast, a pick-me-up during the day or a late night dessert on those balmy summer nights. Don't forget to sprinkle on your favourite toppings.
It's officially summer here in Australia and I'm ready for all the smoothies! Whilst I love drinking a smoothie during the day as a bit of a pick-me-up, there's something about "drinking" a smoothie for breakfast that leaves me rather unsatisfied.
I think it's because my brain wants "food" and doesn't classify a drink as a satisfying meal.
There's two ways to counteract this - drink my smoothie and eat a little something extra (hard boiled eggs or a piece of toast), or turn my smoothie into a smoothie bowl. More often than not, the smoothie bowl wins!
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is my go-to. I always have the ingredients on hand. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and it lends itself well to most toppings - nuts, nut butters, granola, muesli, coconut, chia seeds and sliced fruit.
SO... WHAT IS A SMOOTHIE BOWL?
Smoothie bowls are essentially just a way to "eat" a smoothie rather than drink it. Just think of it as a thicker smoothie that you serve in a bowl with toppings for added crunch.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT SMOOTHIE BOWL
- Throw your ingredients into a blender and blend on high until well combined and you achieve a consistency similar to that of soft serve ice-cream.
I've heard many a case for layering smoothie ingredients and blending in different batches (e.g. fruit first, then milk), but after making 1, 000, 000** smoothie bowls I can confirm that there's barely a noticeable difference when you do this. So go forth and throw your ingredients in a blender at the same time. Easy always does it.
I also use the cup attachment for my blender when making one smoothie. It's easier for me to clean (winning) and tends to blend more easily. But if you only have a jug attachment it still works just fine.
** may be a slight exaggeration.
- Frozen Strawberries
- Frozen Banana Slices - Learn How to Freeze Bananas.
Choose a milk you actually like. Seriously. There's no point in using almond milk if every bite makes you cringe. I've made this smoothie bowl with almond milk, soy milk and cows milk and all have worked perfectly for us.
All this is to say the smoothie bowl works with any milk. But you won't *enjoy* it unless you choose a milk that tastes good to you.
Top your smoothie bowl with fresh fruit slices, chia seeds, shredded coconut, granola, crushed nuts or nut butter and you've got yourself a perfect light breakfast. Or try it for dessert on a hot summer's night when you've got the hankering for something sweet but the cupboard is bare.
TIP: Buy your favourite fruits when they are on sale and freeze them to use in smoothies. It generally works out cheaper than buying frozen fruit slices. Freeze fruit in slices to make blending easier, and pop in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly containers.
HOW DO I MAKE MY SMOOTHIE BOWL THICKER?
There's two ways you can make your smoothie thicker in order to turn it into a smoothie bowl - 1) Use less liquid than you normally would for a smoothie and 2) Use frozen fruit.
If you find that you've used these tips and your smoothie bowl is still a little runny, try adding some chia seeds, flax seeds OR nut butter and blend again.
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
This 3-ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a healthy way to satisfy those sweet cravings. Great for a light breakfast, a pick-me-up during the day or a late night dessert on those balmy summer nights. Don't forget to sprinkle on your favourite toppings.
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced & frozen
- 1 banana , sliced & frozen
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- fresh fruit slices
- chia seeds
- shredded coconut
- crushed nuts
- nut butter
- Add all ingredients into blender and blend on high until you achieve a consistency similar to soft serve ice-cream. This can take about 1 minute, and you may need to scrape down the sides regularly. If the consistency is too thick and not blending, add a touch more milk
- Pour into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. Serve immediately.
- MILKS - Use a milk you actually like. Seriously. There's no point in using almond milk if every bite makes you cringe. I've made this smoothie bowl with almond milk, soy milk and cows milk and all have worked perfectly for us.
- SMOOTHIE BOWL TOO THIN - Try adding in some chia seeds, flax seeds or nut butter, and blending again. You can also try adding some ice cubes to the mix.
- SMOOTHIE BOWL TOO THICK - Add in a dash of milk and blend again.
- TOPPINGS - I generally opt for fresh fruit and some chia seeds and shredded coconut. If you love crunch, add some nuts or granola.
- UPDATES - First Published August 30, 2017. Last Updated December 1, 2018. No changes to recipe, just updated photos & tips.
- NUTRITION - Nutrition information is an estimate based on one smoothie bowl without toppings.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Sodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 10gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g
Agness of Run Agness Run says
As a passionate lover of smoothie bowls I will definitely have to give it a try, Cassie. Can I use fresh instead of frozen fruit?
You could definitely use fresh fruit although you may not be able to achieve the same soft serve consistency. It will still be a smoothie bowl though 🙂 Enjoy!
I have never tried a smoothie bowl before, but strawberry banana is my favorite smoothie! This is something I will definitely have to try out for breakfast! Thanks for sharing!
Definitely worth giving a go! Hope you enjoy x
Susan Minich says
This smoothie looks delicious!!! Im smoothie obsessed! Can't wait to try it!
Thanks lovely 🙂
Aria Smith says
Wow!!!This sounds delicious and looks even prettier!
Thanks Aria 🙂
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl looks so tasty and it looks really healthy. I love the way everything is divided.
It is really tasty for sure!
We love smoothie bowls here in our house! They're such a fun way to enjoy a smoothie! This looks delicious!
Yeh I like eating my smoothie more than drinking it now!
This looks delicious and would be a welcomed addition to our weekly breakfast lineup!
Aduke Schulist says
Looks delicious. I like to top mine with fresh fruit, granola, or chia seeds.
that sounds like a great combo!
Perla Jacobs says
Smoothies are healthy and tasteful so they are always my favorite type of drinks. The combination I like is bananas, nuts, almond milk and coconut flakes.
That sounds lovely Perla
Emily Morton says
I eat smoothie bowls all the time! They are so diverse!
Smoothies are so yummy!! I love how pretty this smoothie bowl looks!
Brandi Crawford says
I am in love with smoothie bowls. This looks so perfect!
Thanks Brandi 🙂
Marielle Altenor says
Oh man, that looks tasty! I would sprinkle some toasted almonds on top for some crunch!
That sounds yum
Wow! I'm so making this...looks amazing!
Hope you enjoy Michelle!
This looks so super tasty! I love smoothies - they're one of the few things I'll eat for breakfast! Strawberry banana is my very favorite combo! Yum!
That's awesome Adriana! Enjoy!
Alicia Taylor says
Ooh! That does look good 🙂 I bet that would be good with some pineapple, too
I bet it would too!
Cindy Ingalls says
Smoothie bowls are almost too pretty to eat, almost. I love the mix of flavors and textures. It's a nice treat or the perfect way to start your morning.
Jessica Hughes says
I'm so sorry that people called you Cassie the cow, that is just awful! I'm glad you can laugh about it now though. This smoothie bowl looks so delicious and healthy. Smoothies and smoothie bowls are my favorite breakfast.
Naww thanks Jessica! It's pretty funny now but I certainly wasn't laughing as a kid 😛 I just finished off another bowl of this so safe to say i'm addicted!!
Ayana Pitterson says
Kids could be so mean at times. But you are right, we need to laugh at ourselves from time to time. As to this amazing recipe. Wow, is all I can say. Pinning to try.
Thanks Ayana! Yep kids sure can be mean but I think it's the stuff that ends up toughening you up 🙂
This smoothie bowl looks so amazing! I love making these because they are so good and filling.
So true Bobbi!
Journa Ramirez says
Our family loves any kind of smoothie bowl but honestly, we haven't tried combining two different fruits in one bowl. We should try this!
It's so good!
I love the flavors of strawberries and bananas together! It's my favorite smoothie flavor but never made a smoothie bowl before so need to try this! It looks too perfect to eat!
Hope you enjoy!
hey sharonoox says
This looks so delish! My children love smoothies. I like the idea of adding extra fruits and garnish.
It really adds to it
Blair villanueva says
Looks delicious and I like your way of presenting it. Now am craving for strawberry smoothie.
Thanks Blair 🙂
I love the anecdote. And how did he know what the kids call you? Okay am getting carried away the recipe is yummy as ever. 🙂
Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing
Haha thanks Gayathri!
This post is exactly what I've been looking for. The smoothie bowl looks so delicious. I'm definitely gonna try out this recipe. Hope it will turn out as good as I expect!
Thanks Linh! Hope you enjoy!
amelie redillas says
Sweet! I wanna try it too with kiwi! 😀
I bet that would be so good!!
Bonnie sayers says
I prefer whey protein shakes - a mix of vanilla and chocolate flavors with cold water - I would love to have whipped cream as the topper
Nice memory you shared - those are good to savor along with the smoothie.
Really Bonnie? I can never bring myself to drink a protein shake on it's own haha. Always gotta mix it with some fruit!
Heather Johnson says
My family loves bananas and strawberries. This smoothie bowl would be a huge hit in my house for breakfast!
They are two of my favourite fruits - cherries have to be my all time though
This looks so delicious. I am always looking for ways to add in chia seeds.
I add them to whatever I can!
Claudia Krusch says
Smoothie bowls are one of my favorites. This strawberry banana bowl looks so delicious I will have to give ti a try this weekend.
Thanks Claudia - hope you enjoy!
Terri Steffes says
This looks so good! Creamy, sweet, cold, all the best profiles for a delicious meal.
I'm with you Terri!
Michael @ Super Millennial says
This looks delicious! Great idea to make it into a bowl -- will have to try soon!
Everyone I know is obsessed with smoothie bowls. I have never tried one but I feel like I need to hop on this trend. They look really good.
Yeh I held off for awhile but now that I've started I can't stop!
AnnMarie John says
Strawberries are my favorite and it goes so well with banana in a smoothie. This looks really good and I can't believe I haven't thought of making it before.
Yeh I thought the same once I made it!
Amber Nelson says
That looks so good. I am such a big fan of smoothies. I've never tried one in a bowl before!
Some people believe it makes you feel like you are actually eating something so you feel fuller longer... jury is out for me haha
I love the combination of strawberry and banana in a smoothie. But I never considered turning it into a bowl. It is definitely something I will try in the future.
hope you enjoy jennifer!
This looks so yummy and so easy! I totally will make it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I had to chuckle at the author's drawing. I am sure your heart dropped when you saw that. Funny now, but probably not back then 😉 The smoothie bowl looks scrumptious!
Haha you're spot on there Theresa!!
Jill Conyers says
I love smoothie bowls. This looks delicious and strawberries are so good right now.
regina malloy says
I am so going to try this i tried to make a smoothie once without a recipe it was aweful lol
Oh no Regina! Hope you have more success with this 🙂
Jane Davidson | Typically Jane says
This looks amazing! I think you have figured out my lunch for me today! Yum yum yum!
Yum! Hope you love it Jane!
Jen Temcio says
What a crazy (and traumatizing) coincidence with the nickname! ! your smoothie bowl looks awesome and I love chia seeds in my smoothies.
Haha it was quite the coincidence! Thanks Jen!
Breena Blake says
Yum! I have to try this today. I just so happen to have frozen fruit and milk in the frig! This will be a yummy snack!
Yay! Hope you enjoy Breena!
Azlin Bloor says
Oh wow, this just looks simply incredible, the colours are just amazing! And I love how you split up the toppings for the pic!
Thanks Azlin 🙂
Joanna Everyday Made Fresh says
I love smoothies, and yet I've never tried a smoothie bowl before. I love the classic strawberry banana smoothie the most, so I've got to try this.