It's like eating fro-yo or ice cream for breakfast — a dream come true. But why are people suddenly replacing their cereal with smoothies? Smoothie bowls allow you to create thick, creamy concoctions with fresh fruits and vegetables, then top them off with more fruit, nuts and superfoods. Not only is it a healthier alternative to cereal or oatmeal, it turns a delicious morning drink into a filling, stand-alone meal. It's also completely customizable to create new flavor combinations each day!
If the over 156,000 Instagram posts using #smoothiebowl don't convince you, check out these 16 recipes to turn your morning drink into a filling breakfast. But before you begin to blend your own, know that to turn your smoothie from a slurpper to a spoonable meal, you should use less liquid than you would in a normal smoothie. The recipes below account for this, so don't slip in extra milk, water or ice without first giving the directions a try! You don't like your ice cream dripping and you won't want your smoothie bowl watery.
Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl: The bright pink hue makes it look almost too pretty to eat, but once you take the first bite of this smoothie bowl, you won't be able to stop! This smoothie is made with the help of a Pitaya Plus frozen dragon fruit puree packet that is raw, organic, packed with antioxidants and contains no added sugar. (via Eating Bird Food)
Acai Breakfast Smoothie Bowl: This bowl by A Million Miles beautifully showcases the best part of smoothie bowls: toppings! It is topped with kiwi, blueberries, raw coconut chips, mulberries, pomegranate, pineapple, goji berries and chia seeds, proving that your morning meal can taste different each day by adding new topping combinations to your smoothies.
Blueberry Smoothie Bowl: Simple but beautiful, this delicious smoothie only requires four ingredients but packs a strong fruity flavor. We know you won't be feeling blue after trying this smoothie bowl by The Friendly Fig.
Blueberry Banana Crunch Smoothie Bowl: This is a protein-packed breakfast bowl that still has a simple blueberry flavor. Topped with homemade granola, this recipe by Nutrition Stripped is an excellent healthy choice to get your day started.
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Blue Morning Smoothie Bowl: This blue smoothie bowl contains no blueberries or blackberries; the secret to its color is organic spirulina powder, a micro-algae packed with nutrients. This is also a low-sugar breakfast option with the use of frozen zucchini! (via Nutrition Stripped)
Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl: This recipe is Nutrition Stripped's tropical take on her Stripped Green Smoothie Bowl. Pineapple and coconut give this bowl an exotic, summertime flavor, making it perfect for spring or summer days or when you're wishing for an exotic locale.
Mango Strawberry Smoothie: Avocado and protein power make this a thick, creamy smoothie, but you'll only notice the fruity flavors mango, strawberry and raspberry creates. This recipe by Whole and Healthy is an easy, protein-rich breakfast for busy moms!
Dark Chocolate, PB & Banana Smoothie Bowl: For the days when a fruit smoothie doesn't cut it, try this I Love Vegan recipe for a rich, chocolatey dessert for breakfast! Dark chocolate chips, cacao and peanut butter make this a smooth, creamy dish and the banana pairs perfectly with this decadent combination.
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Enlighten Smoothie Bowl: Combining frozen and fresh fruits is an easy way to create a healthy smoothie. Topped with more fresh ingredients and superfoods like chia seeds, this bowl by Simple Veganista is a must-have to start your morning off right.
Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie Bowl: You can even add protein powder to enhance the flavor of your smoothie bowl. My Darling Vegan created this recipe using French Vanilla Vega powder, making it possible to have a guilt-less dessert taste in your morning meal.
Peach Crisp Smoothie Bowl: When peaches are in season, you may long for cobblers or crisps starring the sweet, juicy fruit. But for a clean, healthy take on these classic desserts, use peaches to blend up this delicious smoothie bowl. When the season's over, frozen peaches will work, too! (via Set the Table)
Pumpkin Caramel Smoothie Bowl: If your pumpkin-everything cravings came a little early this year, try this indulgent serving of fall in a bowl. It's full of earthy, natural flavors and proves that pumpkin and banana are a delicious combination. (via Lee From America)
Coconut Oats Smoothie Bowl: This bowl by Half Baked Harvest is a nutrient-packed filling option that makes a great breakfast or lunch. It features a smoothie and cooked crunchy black sesame quinoa cereal, so it's best prepared overnight and blended in the morning!
Super Green Smoothie Bowl: Avocado, spinach and kale give this smoothie its bright green hue, but it also includes banana and berries for a sweeter flavor. It also contains nut butter for added protein and flax seed for fiber; it's a healthy way to start your day! (via Minimalist Baker)
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Stripped Green Smoothie Bowl: This bowl by Nutrition Stripped may include quite a few ingredients, but it is loaded with superfoods to help you eat clean and healthy! The contrast of textures and flavors the smoothie and toppings create a unique breakfast experience you'll crave.
Blueberry Cacao Smoothie Bowl: This recipe by Hummusapien may star blueberries, but the cacao gives it a strong chocolatey flavor. Spinach is the secret to the thickness of this bowl, making it closely resemble an indulgent bowl of creamy ice cream for your morning meal.