Green Smoothie Bowl

green smoothie in a bowl topped with kiwi, almonds, chia seeds, and raspberries

Still coming off that Easter candy sugar high? You’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know my current smoothie bowl habit. I usually inhale a smoothie after a run, but lately it’s been a more substantial smoothie bowl. Let me rewind for a second. I’m training for a 10 mile race! It’s the broad street run in Philly, the city’s legendary 10 miler down broad street with over 40,000 runners. I’m nervous since I haven’t raced this distance in a few years, but everything I’ve been hearing is encouraging. Flat course, the crowd’s cheers are never-ending, and it’s the place to PR. Have you ever ran it before?

green smoothie in a bowl topped with kiwi, almonds, chia seeds, banana slices and raspberries

I don’t talk much about my running here as it’s something near and dear to both my heart and wellbeing, but my blog and running actually go hand-in-hand. You see, I do my best thinking out on a run. All my recipe ideas are usually thought up during my time out there when my mind is focused mainly on goals, to-do lists, and… food. Most of the time I have to stop and type a recipe idea into my phone or else I’ll forget. And by “type” I mean misspell anything and everything because I’m out of breath, tired, and likely starving from all that recipe thought.

Let’s chat about this bowl business. I know I’m crazy. Considering that most of the contents in this bowl is spinach and I still think it’s the most delicious bowl ever makes me a bonafide lunatic. There’s no denying it. But, my friends, this green smoothie bowl does not taste like salad. It’s cool, creamy, thick, refreshing, and chockfull of sweet banana and pineapple. You’ll be hooked too.

Something about green smoothies just makes you feel awesome inside and out. Like you can conquer the day in all your healthy, empowering, and energizing green goddess glory.

green smoothie in a blender

The reason everyone’s freaking out over smoothie bowls is because they’re filling. (And pretty → I think that’s the main reason.) Smoothie bowls are more like a meal. As opposed to drinking smoothies, which just makes you hungrier. Or is that just me? Smoothie bowls are like eating a giant bowl of fruity soft serve with 800 goodies on top like granola, seeds, nuts, and fruit. Because, hello!! Texture!! While I love sipping smoothies, nothing beats inhaling them, in thicker form, with a spoon.

There are two parts to this smoothie bowl.

PART ONE: the actual smoothie. This creamy smoothie has just 5 ingredients. I pack in spinach and some frozen fruit. Emphasis on the frozen. To get a suuuuuuper thick texture for bowl-style smoothies, frozen ingredients are key. I use a frozen banana and a handful of frozen pineapple. The frozen banana is, hands down, the best damn fruit for green smoothies. It masks the spinach. I recognize that not everyone digs banana, so you can switch it up with frozen mango instead. There’s also coconut water which will make you SHINE. And the Greek yogurt for extra creamy factor and mega protein punch.

PART TWO: the toppings. This is your chance to go completely crazy and use whatever you have in the fridge/pantry/up your sleeve to make that smoothie bowl extra special. Toppings are the best part because you can customize the green smoothie bowl to what you like. We could be here for hours, so I’ll just rattle off a few suggestions:

Options are endless!

green smoothie in a bowl topped with kiwi, almonds, chia seeds, banana slices, and raspberries

This is my go-to smoothie bowl. It’s easy, healthy, and keeps me full. For extra richness and staying power, sometimes I blend in 1/2 avocado. Talk about creamy!! Here’s another smoothie bowl I shared on IG if you can’t get enough either.

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green smoothie in a bowl topped with kiwi, almonds, chia seeds, and raspberries

Green Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Delicious and easy 5 ingredient green smoothie bowls are the healthiest way to turn a smoothie into a satisfying meal!


Ingredients

  • 12 cups spinach (I always add 2)
  • 1 frozen banana (peel, slice, and freeze)*
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple*
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain– I use nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (I used pineapple flavored)*
  • assorted toppings: fruit, granola, seeds, nuts, etc

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen fruit. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 2 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. The smoothie will be very thick.
  3. Pour into a bowl and add toppings. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.

Notes

  1. Frozen Fruit: The key to the smoothie’s super thick texture. You can use 1 cup frozen mango instead of the banana or 1/2 cup frozen mango instead of the frozen pineapple. Just as tasty!
  2. Coconut Water: I use a pineapple flavor coconut water. Any kind works. Milk can be substituted for the coconut water. Sometimes I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead. Any milk works.

Keywords: green smoothie bowl

I hope you try this green smoothie bowl! If you do, tell me which toppings you use. Always looking for more green smoothie bowl inspiration. If drinking smoothies is more your style, check out my glowing skin smoothie. I swear by it.

green smoothie in a bowl topped with kiwi, almonds, chia seeds, and raspberries

13 Comments

  1. Any chance this would work with frozen spinach instead of fresh? I always have frozen in the house. If so, how much would I use, since it’s so much more condensed? Thanks!! Looks delicious!

    1. Not much at all. I’d add 1/4 cup– then taste. Then add more if you’d like. I just fear its flavor will be MUCH more potent and hard to mask. Let me know what you try.

  2. This recipe looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of spinach but unfortunately my body isn’t (let’s leave it at that), do you think I could substitute kale? Or would that make it too bitter? Thanks and good luck with your training! You can do it!

    1. Kale works! Same amount. Just as tasty. Thanks Trina!

  3. SO YUM! This is has become my late night dinner/post gym option as of late as well!  I make a similar recipe, but also add some avocado for extra creaminess, cinnamon, and half kale/half spinach.  

    Beautiful photos!

  4. Hi Sally! Weird question, I know, but is there anything I can substitute for the banana other than mango? Both happen to be my least favorite fruits

    1. Just use more frozen pineapple and yogurt. You may want to add a little ice to thicken it up. You can also add an avocado– so much creamy texture and you hardly taste it.

  5. Kellie M : ) says:

    Wow! I have not once ever found a smoothie I liked. I’ve never understood why people have raved about them. Each one I tried was just….blah..or ewww..or seriously?!….until now! I decided to give smoothies one last try and made this tonight. Oh my goodness. Can I drink/slurp/spoon this fast enough? No! Love, love, love it!!

  6. Hey Sally!

    Does the avocado needs to be frozen as well? Thanks for this yummy recipe, Elizabeth

    1. No need to freeze the avocado.

  7. Hi I love smoothy bowls and I haven’t ventured beyond açai-berry bowls but I love the look and healthiness of the green bowl. Question about the blender you recommended. Is the ninja you linked above really good in making that thick yet smooth creamy consistency? My poor off brand blender has a hard time with all the frozen fruit I have been putting it through, and the Vitamin is way above my budget.

    As a toping and something I can definitely recommend I have been making my own granola. I make a batch every week and it so easy and yummy and much more cheaper and healthier then store both.

    1. Hi Rosa! The ninja is OK with thick smoothies, but your best bet is a quality blender. Not necessarily a Vitamix, but something that’s designed for frozen fruits.

  8. Veronica Menendez says:

    Delicious. Even my toddler loved it! I paired it with the baked oatmeal and it was the perfect lunch.

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