Smoothie bowls seem relatively straightforward, and they are, in theory. But I've had my fair share of smoothie bowl blunders. For me, the problem always seems to be getting them thick enough, while not feeling like I'm running the motor out of my beloved Vitamix. A fine balance and one that requires a little practice and patience.
Suggestions for a successful smoothie bowl:
- The first thing you put in your blender should be the liquid so it's close to the blades.
- Start with a small amount of liquid, blend, and then add more liquid as needed.
- Just like with smoothies, start blending on the very lowest speed before increasing. If the blades stop mixing - turn it off, give it a good stir, maybe add some more liquid and then start on low again. It either stops moving because there is an air pocket near the blades or there is something stuck. You don't want the blades spinning without moving as this is really bad for your blender's motor.
- It's all about the frozen ingredients! These will make for more slush and a thicker consistency fit for ample toppings and eating with a spoon.
- It's also all about the toppings...if you want to feel really good about yourself, load up on the beautiful toppings. A little one-two punch - not only do they look amazing, but they also add the usual superfood qualities of being antioxidant and vitamin-rich and having more healthy and beauty benefits than we know what to do with!
Once you get the basics down, you will have so much fun playing around with ingredients and toppings. You can basically make any smoothie into a smoothie bowl just by subtracting the liquid quantities, and amping up the frozen ingredients.
BERRY OATMEAL SMOOTHIE BOWL
(makes one smoothie bowl)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup steel-cut oats, cooked, then frozen
- 1 teasp. maca powder
- 1 teasp. sunflower butter
- 1/4 teasp. vanilla extract
- few dashes cinnamon
Make oatmeal ahead: cook per package directions, omitting salt (oats and water only). Once fully cooked, lay onto Silpat mat, parchment paper, or in ice cube tray, and place in freezer until frozen (at least a few hours).
Smoothie bowl: Place all ingredients in blender, making sure to start with the coconut milk at the bottom, near the blades. Start blending on lowest speed, slowly increasing as ingredients begin to mix. Stop blending if blades stop moving (in which case, stir and start on low again). Once blended, pour into bowl and add toppings to your heart's content!
I hope you enjoy as much as I did!