how to build the best smoothie bowl

After a lot of trial-and-error, practicing, and of course tasting, we have figured out how to build the best smoothie bowl.

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There are several layers to building the best smoothie both. Each layer serves a purpose, and by ensuring you include something from each layer, you’ll be well on your way to making the best smoothie bowl yet.

Below is our layer breakdown with a list of ingredients in each layer.


base ingredients

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The base to your smoothie bowl is what typically makes up the bulk to the smoothie bowl. If this ingredient is frozen prior to blending, the smoothie bowl will turn out thicker.

  1. Banana
  2. Apple
  3. Orange
  4. Mango
  5. Peach
  6. Pear
  7. Kiwi
  8. Avocado
  9. Cherry
  10. Pineapple
  11. Strawberries
  12. Blueberries
  13. Raspberries
  14. Blackberries


green add-ins

Every great smoothie bowl gets a boost of greens. Even just a handful will help boost your smoothie bowl.

  1. Kale
  2. Spinach
  3. Chard


To help blend all ingredients together, a little liquid will go a long way.

  1. Coconut Water
  2. 100% Fruit Juice
  3. Dairy Milk
  4. Non-Dairy Milk (coconut, almond, rice, cashew, soy, hemp, etc.)



Help give your smoothie bowl an added boost of protein by choosing a protein of choice to add in. We might be biased, but the Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 is our favorite!

  1. Protein Powder
  2. Greek Yogurt
  3. Coconut Milk Yogurt
  4. Tofu


other additions for added nutrients, color, texture & flavor

Depending on your individual taste, texture, and nutritional needs, you can add various other ingredients to help build your perfect smoothie bowl.

  1. Chia Seeds
  2. Hempseeds
  3. Flax seeds
  4. Almonds
  5. Coconut Manna
  6. Coconut Oil
  7. Honey
  8. Coconut Sugar
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Superseed Blend
  11. Turmeric
  12. Ginger
  13. Maca
  14. Peanut Butter
  15. Maple syrup
  16. Matcha Powder
  17. Vanilla
  18. Spirulina

crunchy toppings

Enjoy a little crunch? Once your smoothie bowl is ready, you can add some toppings to help quench your crunchy cravings.

  1. Chia Seeds
  2. Hempseeds
  3. Sunflower seeds
  4. Pumpkin seeds
  5. Granola
  6. Walnuts
  7. Almonds
  8. Pomegranate seeds
  9. Goji berries
  10. Cacao nibs and/or chocolate chips


other toppings

Not necessarily craving anything crunchy, but still want a beautifully-topped smoothie bowl? Add in some extra toppings.

  1. Banana
  2. Mango
  3. Peach
  4. Pear
  5. Kiwi
  6. Pineapple
  7. Strawberries
  8. Blueberries
  9. Raspberries
  10. Blackberries
  11. Dragon Fruit
  12. Shredded coconut
  13. Dried fruit
  14. Coconut whip cream
  15. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  16. Bee Pollen

And there you have it! That is exactly how to build the best smoothie bowl.

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