This delicious and refreshing purple smoothie bowl is easy to make, tastes great, and is naturally creamy without any dairy products! Plus, it’s high in protein and antioxidants thanks to collagen and berries!
- Why this recipe is awesome!
- Ingredients and Substitutions
- Recipe Testing Notes
- How to Make this - Step by Step
- Watch How to Make This - Step by Step
- Common Questions
- Smoothie Bowl Toppings
- Recipe Variations
- Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!
- How To Meal Prep A Smoothie Bowl
- fun fact
- more fruity recipes
This is the smoothie bowl I crave every time I miss California. It's creamy, thick, and can be topped with all of my favorite toppings!
Why this recipe is awesome!
If you’ve ever ordered a smoothie bowl and thought "why is this so creamy? I can never make this at home." Think again! In this recipe post, you'll learn the tips and tricks to make a thick and creamy purple smoothie bowl at home with only 5 ingredients and no special equipment or ingredients!
In addition to these reasons, here’s a few more reasons to love this delicious smoothie bowl!
- 5 Ingredients: I say five, but one ingredient is optional so it can really only be four ingredients!
- Thick & creamy (but dairy-free!): Thanks to frozen fruit, this smoothie is thick and creamy without any dairy or filler ingredients!
- Fueling & filling: This smoothie bowl is packed with berries to provide its beautiful color, bananas for thickness, and collagen for protein. This smoothie bowl is full of nutrient-dense ingredients that will keep you full on your next adventure!
Ingredients and Substitutions
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted.
Frozen Fruit: These are the main ingredients and the trick to creamy and fluffy smoothies! This way there's no ice to water down the smoothie as it melts. For the vibrant color, we use a combination of strawberries and blueberries.
Substitutions: Any frozen berries or mixed berries you like can be used.
Banana: Bananas are awesome for adding natural sweetness and a creamy texture. They also add potassium!
Substitutions: Avocados make a great substitute for bananas in this situation but you will need to add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener (like maple syrup or honey) since avocados are not as sweet as bananas.
Collagen: I love love loooovee using collagen for added protein because it doesn’t add any weird flavor or texture!
Substitutions: This is an optional ingredient, so feel free to use any collagen, vanilla protein powder, or plant-based protein powder. Or, just leave it out!
Plant-Based Yogurt: I find that using yogurt helps to add liquid while not making the mixture runny. This prevents the smoothie bowl from turning into a regular smoothie.
Substitutions: I like to use unsweetened cashew yogurt, but any of your favorite dairy-free or plant-based yogurts will work (almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or similar yogurt). You can also use regular cow’s milk yogurt (just not Greek yogurt) if you aren't dairy-free.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
Recipe Testing Notes
Throughout our testing of this purple smoothie bowl recipe, we learned some key things that worked and didn't work. Here are the key takeaways!
Avocado vs. Banana: Initially I tested this recipe with avocado and it was creamy, luscious, and delicious. With avocado, I also had to add agave or honey for the right sweetness level. Banana is naturally sweet, so I still got the same creamy texture and sweetness without having to add any sweetener using a banana instead of avocado.
Yogurt vs. Milk: Typical smoothie bowls or smoothies have some type of liquid to help a blender, well, blend the ingredients. But in testing, I learned that even a little bit of extra milk is too much. Using a single serving of plant-based yogurt was the perfect amount because it's naturally a bit more runny than cow’s yogurt but is thicker than milk.
How to Make this - Step by Step
Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for the full smoothie bowl recipe!
Step one: add it to the blender
Add everything to the blender!
Expert Tip: I recommend adding the frozen fruit to the top of everything (or last). This will help weigh down the other ingredients so it blends smooth and creamy.
Step two: blend
Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and scrap down the sides a few times to get everything blended but always do this rather than add liquid! With a Vitamix and Ninja, I didn't have to stop and scrape the sides.
Step three: Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Watch How to Make This - Step by Step
An acai bowl uses the fruit, acai, as its base. This results in a dark purple to red color. So while a purple smoothie bowl is not necessarily an acai bowl, an acai bowl will always be a purple smoothie bowl.
Frozen fruit, bananas or avocado, and little to no liquid are the three things you need to make a thick smoothie bowl. If your smoothie bowl is too runny, add more frozen fruit. Adding more banana or avocado will not thicken a smoothie that is too runny, but frozen fruit will.
It depends! This smoothie bowl has protein, fiber, and no added sugar so it is in fact healthy for you. But, a smoothie bowl with added sugar, ice cream, or another thickener may not be healthy for you. It should be noted that smoothie bowls with fruit will always contain a decent amount of natural sugar if you're watching your sugar intake.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Smoothie bowls can be totally customized to your liking with toppings. Here are a few of my favorite topping ideas to put on top of this berry smoothie bowl!
- Fresh fruit: Fresh fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, or anything else you can think of.
- Yogurt or cream: Topping your smoothie bowl with additional yogurt, coconut cream, or chia seed pudding is a great way to add another textural element and some added protein and healthy fats.
- Granola: I like to add honey or cashew granola to my smoothie bowls but chocolate granola is great too!
- Nut butter: A drizzle of cashew butter is a must for my smoothie bowls! You can also use tahini, almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower butter.
- Magic Shell: Since this smoothie bowl is so thick, you might think it’s actually ice cream (I know, it’s confusing) so you might as well top it with magic shell! To make magic shell, heat 1 cup of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoon of coconut oil int he microwave for 30 second increments until melted. Mix together, pour over smoothie bowl, and watch it do it’s *magic*!
- Nuts and seeds: I love cacao nibs but you can also try hemp seeds, flaxseed, chia seeds, cashews, or other nuts.
There are so many ways to mix up this smoothie bowl, but here are two of the tastiest variations.
- Mango smoothie bowl: Swap the frozen berries for frozen mango for a tropical twist. Top with cashew butter and shredded coconut.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly: For a nostalgic flavor, try adding peanut butter to the smoothie bowl. Then, top with additional peanut butter and your favorite jam!
Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!
Smoothie bowls don’t keep particularly well. You can save it in the freezer for a short time (up to 3 hours) and then set out to thaw enough to eat. I don't recommend refrigerating leftovers.
How To Meal Prep A Smoothie Bowl
Though they may not seem like it, smoothie bowls are great as meal prep. Here are a few tips to ensure you have tasty bowls all week!
- Prep the toppings: You can prepare all your toppings except bananas in advance. This can include putting granola or yogurt in pre-potioned jars and cutting berries.
- Pre-portion and date: Put all the smoothie ingredients, except the yogurt, in preportioned plastic bags. Label these with the date and then in the morning, grab one, add yogurt, and blend. Then you’re out the door!
Did you know blueberries are one of the only fruits that are truly naturally blue? Their pigment that gives them this color is called anthocyanin. It also provides blueberries with all of their wonderful health benefits. (source)
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- 2 bananas
- 1 cup strawberries frozen
- 1 cup blueberries frozen
- ½ cup unsweetened plant based yogurt* about 1 single serve container
- ¼ cup collagen about 1 scoop
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Add the frozen fruit last so its weight pushed down the other ingredients, helping to blend.
- Blend until smooth, usually 1-2 minutes. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides to help it blend. Do this before adding any liquid.
- Enjoy topped with your favorite things! Some of ours are honey, granola, banana, and cashew butter.