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This blueberry banana smoothie bowl is thick and creamy and completely dairy-free. It is easy to make and is perfect as a breakfast or midday snack. Enjoy it with any toppings you love!
Why you’ll love this smoothie bowl
- It is super quick and easy to make
- Only 3 simple ingredients are required
- It’s filling and satisfying
- It contains plenty of nutrients from the blueberries and bananas
Scroll down to the recipe box for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
Here is what you will need for this smoothie bowl:
Oat milk or almond milk
Vanilla extract (optional)
Peanut butter (optional)
All you really need for this blueberry banana smoothie bowl is 3 simple ingredients! The blueberries, the bananas, and some plant-based milk to get the fruit blended.
For some added flavor, blend in some vanilla extract and/or peanut butter.
Tips for making a thick smoothie bowl
1. Use frozen fruit
To make a good smoothie bowl, frozen fruit is absolutely essential. That’s the only way you will get a smooth, thick texture that is easily scoop-able.
2. Chop your bananas
To make blending easier, I recommend chopping your bananas before freezing them. For smoothies, I usually just cut my bananas into halves or fourths, but for a smoothie bowl a cut them into smaller slices.
Start by peeling your bananas, then chop them up and freeze them in a container. Place parchment paper between layers to prevent the banana slices from freezing together and getting stuck.
If you have frozen your bananas in larger pieces you can still cut them before blending! Bananas are actually fairly easy to cut when frozen. Cut them up before tossing into your blender or food processor.
3. Use a food processor
For a super thick smoothie bowl that is similar to a soft-serve ice cream, I recommend using a powerful food processor. In my experience, this works much better than a blender.
If you want to use a blender or you don’t have a good food processor, you need to use a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. I have a Vitamix and although it does work, I still find a food processor easier.
Whether using a food processor of blender, you will need to stop and scrape down sides or use a blender tamper to get things completely smooth.
4. Don’t add too much milk
Start with a small amount of milk and only add more in very small amounts as needed. This recipe calls for ¼ cup, so start with that. If you really can’t get things moving, just add one more tablespoon and try again.
If you add too much liquid, your smoothie bowl will become a regular smoothie and you won’t be able to eat it with a spoon.
Substitutions and adjustments
I recommend oat milk or almond milk for this recipe, but you could try a different type of milk if desired. Just make sure it doesn’t have a super strong taste. For example, I think coconut milk would be too overpowering and give this smoothie bowl a coconut taste.
I recommend peanut butter as an optional ingredient to blend into this smoothie bowl, but you could also blend in a different nut butter, such as almond butter.
This smoothie bowl is great on its own, but you can also add any toppings you like! Here are some suggestions:
- Chopped nuts
- Shredded coconut
- Fresh fruit
- Chopped chocolate
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate sauce
If you love smoothie bowls, try this Banana Coffee Smoothie Bowl too!
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup oat milk or almond milk (see note below)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
If you don't have a powerful blender or food processor, it will be difficult to blend this smoothie bowl with only ¼ cup of milk. If you need more milk, add one tablespoon at a time. If you add too much liquid, your smoothie bowl will get too thin and you will no longer be able to eat it with a spoon.
I like my smoothie bowls to be super thick like soft serve ice cream. I find for this thickness, it works better using a food processor.
Calorie count does not include optional ingredients.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258