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


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


  • 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


  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.


  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


  1. Love this idea!! I like my smoothies super thick, my mom always says I should eat them with a spoon rather than drink them. So this is right up my alley.
    I love me some texture, chia bowls are my current favorite breakfast (okay, sometimes dinner). Just soak some chia seeds in milk for a few hours and add all toppings your heart desires! I sometimes do a chocolate version with cocoa powder too.
    All these healthy recipes are great! I can come to your site for indulgent desserts and healthy breakfast and snack recipes!

    1. I need to try your chia bowl/chocolate concoction! I’ve made chia pudding before but I have to be honest. I’m just not a fan of the chia pudding texture. I love the taste, just– the texture is strange. As you know!

  2. Anna-Sophie says:

    I love the fact that even your blog is all about balance! Makes me feel less bad about the countless Nutella cookies I ate last week haha
    One thing though: I woudn’t recommend using any dairy products in smoothies/smoothie bowls like this since it hinders the vitamin absorption! Other than that – great recipe! 🙂

    1. Good to know!

  3. Andrea Giang says:

    I’ve been sooo obsessed with smoothie bowls lately, mostly because I like topping my bowls with different fruits and nuts. It gives the smoothie so much more texture. I’ll have to give this green smoothie bowl a try. It sounds like a great way to start the day!

  4. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says:

    Wow, good for you to train for something like that! I respect you, I don’t think I’d ever be able to have that motivation… Anyway, I’m all about smoothies and would love to try this smoothie bowl sometime. I’ll pin it to my breakfast board!

  5. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    LOVE green smoothies! Although I’m too lazy to make it look pretty in a bowl like yours. I use an immersion blender for my single-serve smoothies and after it’s blended all I want to do is chug it! Thank you for sharing the recipe <3

  6. Tori//Gringalicious says:

    Haha, just the title of this makes me so happy! I really need to try this epically green beauty of a smoothie bowl! Love it!

  7. I’ve never heard of a smoothie bowl and it sounds interesting but what captured my attention most was the kiwi in your picture. I had to consult Google. I had no idea they don’t need to be peeled!

    1. Yep, no need to peel. I wouldn’t, say, bite into a kiwi but I don’t mind the skin in thin slices. Though usually I just peel them anyway. Didn’t feel like it for these pictures!

  8. Catherine Smith says:

    I love running! This would be the perfect recovery meal/drink! Do you have any favorite apps you use for running?

    1. Strava is my go-to! Do you use it? It records speed, hills, time, distance, but also gives achievements and you can challenge your friends etc. Love it.

  9. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    What a beautiful bowl! It’s funny how you brainstorm for your blog while running! I find I do mine when I’m getting myself ready in the morning! Either way, inspiration is always great!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Sally, your smoothie bowls have just been kicking so much butt on IG (hello, Berry Citrus Smoothie Bowl)! They’re also so colorful and beautiful. 
    Good luck on the Broad Street Run! Just the thought of 10 miles makes my eyes bulge and my lungs burn, but I know without a doubt that you can do it! You’ve been a runner for as long as any of us can remember. 🙂
    Thank you so much for the healthy kick on the blog lately. It’s been rough and way too tempting seeing all of the chocolate/caramel/marshmallow drizzling and oozing everywhere (mind you, I’ll be ready for more of that, like, tomorrow). Your green smoothie bowl makes me feel like I can find a balance between my beloved sweets and guilt-free treats. 
    Have a great day & good luck on the run Sally! 🙂 xo

    1. The healthy kick will be ending soon. Ha! Speaking of smoothies, your mango chia number looked incredible!

      1. demeter | beaming baker says:

        Can’t wait to see what you have up next! 🙂 I just love seeing your take on healthy recipes. Meanwhile, WHAT?!?!? You saw my smoothie?? 🙂 *Fainted, got up and looked at your comment again and then fainted again* Thank you so much for the compliment Sally. It means a lot to me. <3

  13. Hi Sally so exciting you are doing Broad Street!! This will be my 4th time running it, you will love it! It is such a fun race and a super fast course!! So much fun. Good luck with your training!!

  14. I am on a healthy eating track; I can’t wait to try this!

    I think I mentioned it before, but I’m doing the BSR too! I can’t wait!

    1. Yes, I remember! I need to begin doing some longer runs. It’s only 1 month!

      1. I do as well; I can only handle so much treadmill running a time. I’m looking forward to the warmer weather!

  15. Hi sally,   out of curiosity, do you aim for a high protein low carb dinner so u can eat something decadent after? I mean since u r super fit, but u r a baker after all!
      And will ur new book also have a health chapter too like the first one?

    1. Hi Iram! Typically? I usually make pretty balanced dinners where some sort of lean protein is the star and there’s tons of veggies, quinoa, salad, and/or rice etc to go along. But it varies from week to week. My next book won’t be focused on healthier baking and I’m unsure what the chapters will look like at this point!

  16. There is peel still on the kiwi. I did not think kiwi peel was edible.

    1. I had a friend who used to eat the whole kiwi like you would an apple.  And at least one of my kids has been known to chow down on the skin as well.

  17. Beautiful photos! That smoothie bowl looks delish!

  18. 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!

    1. I love your addition of cinnamon!

  19. Yay —  I just put some sliced bananas in the freezer!  I enjoy smoothies often, and did I mention on one of your other green smoothie posts — I tried it with purple kale, and then if you put berries in it the colors don’t clash.  So yum!  I made a baked egg dish this morning (basically crustless quiche) and put some of the kale in that too.  Will do that again!  And good for you on that 10-miler!!  🙂

    1. Oh I love that. My berry/leafy green smoothies always end up brown or some putrid dark brown/purple!

  20. Hi Sally. I have an odd question since I struggle with measuring leafy veggies when cooking. Is there a gram or ounce weight per cup of spinach or do you have another technique for doing this? I love how all your baking recipes come with  weight measurements…I think it has improved my baking! 🙂

    1. For leafy greens, I usually equate one handful to about 1 cup. It’s pretty similar amounts. And it’s the easiest!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!

  23. Hey Sally!

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

    1. No need to freeze the avocado.

  24. I love your green smoothies, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get them as smooth as this one looks! They always come out with chunks on spinach in them


    Good afternoon 🙂 This would be my first smoothy, I’ve been meaning to try one for a while but never got a good receipe and I trust yours to start. One question, the spinach, has to be raw or boiled?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. raw spinach 🙂 Enjoy!

  26. 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.

  27. 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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