You may have seen the aerial shots with #smoothiebowl, but what is a smoothie bowl? Well, it’s pretty much just what it sounds like: a smoothie in a bowl! But it’s not just about swapping out a glass for a bowl. No, smoothie bowls are all about the art. So, how do you make a smoothie bowl? The objective is to make some beautiful food art on top with a great tasting smoothie in the bowl. The whole point of a smoothie bowl is to take a common breakfast drink and make it into a piece of edible artwork– healthy food porn!
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl
To make a smoothie bowl, you need to start by making your favorite smoothie. Make it extra thick so that the toppings won’t sink. Enjoy your smoothie bowl with a spoon and a stainless steel straw.
How to Make Your Smoothie Thick
There are a few things you can do to get your smoothies even thicker:
1. Freeze your ingredients: this works for bananas, fruits, vegetables, yogurt and milk!
2. Add protein or veggie powder
3. Add yogurt
A thicker smoothie helps you make a smoothie bowl that’s more appealing.
How to Make Smoothie Bowl Art
To make your smoothie bowl extra photo-worthy, make more than one type (read: color) of smoothie. Use your colors to make patterns and designs in a way similar to coffee art. Once you have multiple smoothie colors to work with, pour one into your smoothie bowl, filling it a little more than halfway. Pour the second color in the smoothie in the center. Hold the pitcher steadily at a bit of distance from the bowl. The second color should sink down, leaving only a blob of color at the pouring section. If you want a certain shape, move your hand slowly in that shape. Next, pull a toothpick through the color blob to create delicate lines. You can also do this effect with a drizzle like coconut milk.
Great Toppings for a Smoothie Bowl
When considering what toppings to put on your smoothie bowl, think of two things: will it complement the flavors of the smoothie & will it look pretty? Keeping those things in mind, here are some common smoothie bowl toppings:
Nuts: whole, halved, crushed, or sliced; peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pretty much any nut safe for human consumption.
Seeds: chia, watermelon, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp or flax seeds are all super healthy and can make your smoothie bowl look pretty cool.
Fruit slices: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, kiwi, apple, banana, starfruit, and pineapple all work beautifully.
Dried fruits: dates, pears, mango, and especially coconut flakes.
Drizzles: coconut milk, crème, honey or various sauces like chocolate, raspberry, strawberry or vanilla.
Crunch: crushed pretzels, cornflakes, or rolled oats all give smoothie bowls a nice texture.
Sweet Treat: mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or cake crumbles are all delicious but just a bit; you don’t want to add too many empty calories.
Remember: Toppings won’t easily go up your stainless steel straw, so always keep a spoon handy when enjoying these artsy smoothie bowls.
Now that you’ve learned how to make a smoothie bowl, it’s time to get to it! And remember, every beautiful smoothie bowl deserves to be Instagrammed! #tazasmoothiebowl and tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter!