This Blueberry Smoothie Bowl recipe makes a thick and tasty smoothie bowl with banana, protein powder, yogurt, blueberry juice, and plenty of blueberries. This sweet treat is the perfect antioxidant and protein-packed healthy breakfast.
*This is a sponsored post from R.W. Knudsen Family®. All opinions are my own.
I'm so excited to share this delicious protein-packed recipe for blueberry smoothie bowls! This magical flavor combination is filling, loaded with protein, and incredibly delicious. Truthfully, it took me a while to jump on board the smoothie bowl train, I was so accustomed to drinking smoothies through a straw not spooning from a bowl.
However, I was sent organic blueberry juice from R.W. Knudsen Family® with a recipe for mixed berry smoothie bowls. That inspired me to give smoothie bowls a whirl and create my own. Where have these thick, hearty, and tasty smoothie bowls been all my life?!
This blueberry smoothie bowl definitely tastes like dessert but there is no added sugar. It is healthy, refreshing, and a protein/antioxidant powerhouse.
Not to mention, there's something about eating a smoothie with a spoon instead of drinking it with a straw that makes it more satisfying. I love the flavor and texture contrast with the added toppings. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to grab a spoon and dig in!
*If you haven't tried the different varieties of R.W. Knudsen Family® Just Juice®, then you are in for a treat! I love them because they are made from unsweetened 100% juice. You get all the fresh fruit flavor without any unnecessary added sugars. A little bit of this juice goes along away!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Quick and nutritious. Make a smoothie bowl loaded with nutrient-rich wild berries, chia seeds, and cacao nibs in minutes.
- Protein-packed! The protein powder I used has 100 calories a scoop and 24 grams of protein making this smoothie bowl a whopping 41 grams of protein per serving!
- Customizable. You're going to love how easy it is to customize smoothie bowls to your liking.
- It's delicious. Blueberry smoothie bowls are refreshingly sweet with the perfect thick, scoop-able consistency and crunchy toppings.
Ingredients You'll Need For Blueberry Banana Smoothie
For the blueberry smoothie:
- Blueberry Juice - Unsweetened 100% blueberry juice has all of the blueberry forward flavor without added sugars. A little bit goes a long way.
- Frozen Wild Blueberries - Using frozen berries ensures they were picked at their peak. They also make smoothies cold and "slushy" without needing to add ice.
- 0% fat Greek yogurt (or full-fat Greek yogurt) - Greek yogurt is the trick to achieving thick, creamy, and dreamy smoothie bowls.
- Chocolate Protein Powder - Use your favorite brand. If you're not a chocolate fan, vanilla works great, too.
- Banana (frozen) - is great for thickening and sweetening fruit smoothies.
- Chia Seeds - are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Slivered Almonds - add another layer of crunch and healthy nutrients.
- Cacao Nibs or Chopped Dark Chocolate - Cacao nibs are crumbled bits of dried cacao beans. They have a crunchy texture and taste like unsweetened dark chocolate. Finely chopped dark chocolate works perfectly too.
How To Make A Smoothie Bowl
This blueberry smoothie is incredibly easy to make in just two simple steps:
Step 1: Blend smoothie ingredients:
In a high-powered blender, add blueberry juice, blueberries, yogurt, protein powder, and banana. Blend until thick and creamy. I use the tamper with my Vitamix to press the ingredients into the blade.
Step 2: Assemble smoothie bowl:
Pour smoothie into a shallow bowl and garnish with chia seeds, almonds, and cacao nibs. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
For more of a "soft-serve ice cream" consistency, freeze the Greek yogurt first. I measure it out soft and freeze it into large ice cube trays for that perfect thick smoothie bowl texture. Go for full-fat Greek yogurt for a creamier taste and texture.
If your blender is not powerful enough to blend frozen fruit without adding a liquid, use a non-frozen banana instead of a frozen banana.
You can also add a splash of water or milk to the blender to loosen things up and make it easier to blend.
You can use fresh blueberries instead of frozen ones. If you're short on time add a ¼ cup of ice to the blender to "chill the smoothie" or if you have the time, plop the blended smoothie in the freezer for 30 minutes or until it begins to freeze.
Still aren't sold on consuming smoothies from a bowl? That's okay. For a regular drinkable smoothie, add ¼ cup to ½ cup of dairy or non-dairy milk to the blender until a drinkable consistency is reached.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Leftover smoothies with yogurt should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and consumed within 3 to 4 days.
Freezing: You can freeze leftover smoothies in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Another option is freezing the ingredients whole in gallon-size freezer-safe bags that can then be poured into a blender and blended fresh as needed.
Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas
When it comes to smoothie bowl topping options, the possibilities are practically endless. My three favorites are cacao nibs or dark chocolate, almonds, and chia seeds. Check out these other yummy toppings to add to your smoothie bowl:
- Fresh or frozen fruit: strawberry, blackberry, pineapple, mango, raspberry, etc.
- Nut butter: almond, cashew, peanut, hazelnut, cashew, etc.
- Seeds: hemp seeds, flaxseeds, pepitas, etc.
- Dried fruit: raisins, sliced dates, dried mango, shredded coconut, etc.
To achieve a thick and creamy smoothie bowl, using frozen ingredients, including frozen yogurt will help. If your fruit and yogurt are not frozen, add small amounts of ice to the blender until the desired consistency is reached.
Yogurt adds protein to smoothies making them a more nutrient-dense and filling breakfast to hold you over until lunchtime. It also creates a great creamy texture.
Blueberry smoothies are a great flavor to add vegetables to because the bold blueberry flavor masks any bitter veggie taste. Try adding spinach, kale, avocado, cucumber, celery, peas or beets.
If you love protein-packed smoothies, you should also try this Tart Cherry Smoothie Bowl! This Tropical Protein Ice Cream is also incredibly delicious with 11 grams of protein per serving!
More Frozen Fruit Recipes You'll Love
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Amazing Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
- 2 tablespoon Blueberry Juice
- ¾ cup frozen wild blueberries
- 5.3 oz plain 0% fat Greek yogurt *can also use full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder your favorite brand
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon slivered almonds
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs or finely chopped dark chocolate
- Put first five ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with chia seeds, almonds and cacao nibs
*This post was originally published on March 4, 2016, and has been updated throughout.
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Nikki @ Nik Snacks
Not sold on the smoothie bowl idea yet, but yours sure is pretty! I guess toppings are key!
Debra @ Bowl Me Over
So healthy and so delicious - what a great way to start the day! Thanks for sharing with us at #FoodieFriDIY - stopped by to do some sharing. Come link up again this week!