My Go-To Smoothie Bowl (5 minutes!)

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The perfect gluten-free vegan 5-Minute Smoothie Bowl topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and strawberries

Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with smoothie bowls (or as I call them, smoodie bowls).

The concept is simple and I’ve done it before here and here! But I believe this is my best version yet, and the trick is all in the blending method.

Come see how!

Bananas, berries, coconut, nut milk, chia seeds, and hemp seeds for making my go-to vegan smoothie bowl recipe

This recipe only requires 3 ingredients, 1 blenderand 5 minutes. Huzzah!

Simply add frozen bananas and frozen mixed berries to a blender and blend on low (this is key!) until it looks like Dip ‘n’ Dots (remember those?!). Then add a little (not too much!) non-dairy milk of choice – I like coconut – and  protein powder if you’d like.

Blend some more on low, scraping down the sides until you have SOFT SERVE! Yes, a smoothie bowl is glorified soft serve and it’s so dang delicious. Hence the reason I can’t stop.

Using a blender to make a healthy vegan smoothie bowl recipe

The best part about smoothie bowls is the toppings. I’ve been keeping it super simple recently and adding a spoonful each coconut flake, hemp seeds, and chia seeds for added nutrients, fiber, and protein.

Fruit makes a pretty addition but isn’t necessary since the entire bowl is made of fruit.

Naturally-sweetened vegan Smoothie Bowl topped with coconut, chia seeds, and strawberries

This recipe is so simple, but I hope you give it a try and love it! It’s:

Creamy
Fruity
Naturally sweet
Nutrient-rich
Healthy
Satisfying
& Quick!

This makes the perfect breakfast or snack when you’re in a rush but need something substantial (and want something pretty). It’s especially great for the summer months when we’re all looking for another way to cool down and keep time in the kitchen to a minimum.

If you try this bowl, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see your smoothie bowls in action. Cheers, friends!

Our Perfect healthy Smoothie Bowl recipe made from simple ingredients

My Go-To Smoothie Bowl (5 minutes!)

My go-to 5-minute smoothie bowl with just 3 ingredients! Satisfying, nutrient-rich, and naturally sweet! A healthy, plant-based breakfast or snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Go-To Vegan Smoothie Bowl topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and fresh strawberries
4.9 from 29 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (smoothie bowl)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1-2 Weeks
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

SMOOTHIE BOWL

  • 1 heaping cup organic frozen mixed berries
  • 1 small ripe banana (sliced and frozen)
  • 2-3 Tbsp light coconut or almond milk (plus more as needed)
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder of choice* (optional)

TOPPINGS

  • 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • Granola (optional)
  • Fruit (optional)

Instructions

  • Add frozen berries and banana to a blender and blend on low until small bits remain - see photo.
  • Add a bit of coconut or almond milk and protein powder (optional), and blend on low again, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency (see photo).
  • Scoop into 1-2 serving bowls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and top with desired toppings (optional). I prefer chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut, but strawberries, granola, and a nut or seed butter would be great here, too!
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the freezer for 1-2 weeks. Let thaw before enjoying.

Video

Notes

*I don't love most vegan protein powders but have tried most of these and would recommend them! Aloha Vanilla, Naturade Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder, Sun Warrior Vanilla, Vega Vanilla.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without toppings.
*If you're looking for a blender recommendation, check out our shop page!

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothie bowl Calories: 214 Carbohydrates: 47.5 g Protein: 2.8 g Fat: 2.5 g Saturated Fat: 1.6 g Sodium: 9 mg Fiber: 8.8 g Sugar: 25.9 g

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  1. Claire says

    The creaminess is amazing, but until I get a more powerful blender, here’s how I modified this bowl: (1) defrosted fruit on low power in the microwave and (2) added more milk to help blend. I used a mix of strawberries, mango, and pineapple for a tropical feel. Very delicious but longer than 5 minutes to prep for me.

  2. Sonia says

    So simple and yummy! I added a little of the earth balance peanut butter coconut oil blend to my smoothie base, then topped with a homemade granola and chia seeds! yum, I’ll definitely be making this again and trying new variations!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sonia. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  3. Mary says

    I make this every single morning–never tire of it! I usually add more almond milk but I will follow your suggestion of using 2-3 tbs instead. I also top with some raw almonds and cacao nibs for added crunch with no added sugar. Thank you for posting!

  4. Anna says

    was very easy to make, and tasted really good!
    took me 10 minutes, but was my first time making an acai bowl!

  5. Madison says

    This was the best smoothie bowl ever! It tasted like a sorbet and I would eat it for dessert. You have to try this recipe :-)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Madison. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  6. Lorraine S. says

    I have tried at least a dozen recipes and all were to watery with not enough protein. This is by far THE BEST ever. Thick and creamy. Topped with some TVP for extra protein, shredded coconut, slivered almonds and some Trader Joe’s coconut toasted granola. DELISH

  7. wini says

    my first smoothie bowl and it turned out AMAZING! i topped mine with some protein granola and it was so filling :)

  8. ella says

    Thanks for the recipe it was so delicious! i did add 1 fresh banana and it was still creamy and really good

  9. Veronica says

    i used half banana (not frozen) and sliced up the other half to add as a topping. still turned out really creamy! i also added a few chocolate chips as a topping, cheat day!

  10. Ashley says

    It seems unlikely that this recipe would have 0mg of potassium with the bananas! I know it’s hard to calculate, but I bet there are all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals in this smoothie bowl!

  11. abby says

    do we have to blend the fruits in little bits? i have an ace blender from instant pot so i cant blend them.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Abby, we aren’t quite sure what you’re asking as we aren’t familiar with that blender. Mind clarifying?

    • Anna says

      This is the first time I’ve ever made a smoothie bowl and it was SO GOOD. I cant believe how sweet it is without any added sugar!! I put apple slices and granola on top of mine. I usually never comment on things but this was literally so good I have to comment

  12. Khuthi says

    Thank you for the super tasty recipe, this was my first smoothie bowl and it came out beautifully. I will sure be making them more ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Khuthi. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  13. Ellie says

    Hi, I tried this and it was really good! But I only had almond milk and it’s not my favorite thing to put in smoothies so I replaced the milk for strawberry yogurt and a little bit of water. My blender is pretty difficult when I try to make things thick but but putting the little bit of water my blender was able to blend it. And if you’re wondering what kind of fruits I used, I used frozen strawberries, a bit of frozen mango, and half of a banana. I also put some sunflower seeds and cranberries on top and that added a bit more flavor too. I would definitely recommend making this it’s delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ellie, Thanks so much for sharing. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  14. victoria suh says

    the smoothie bowl tastes amazing but i had a problem when blending the frozen fruit and banana. my blender couldn’t blend at all without the milk.

  15. Ashlee says

    hello! I was wondering if I could use regular milk since I am not vegan and don’t have almond/coconut milk in my house. also can I use a hand blender? thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      The milk substitution is fine! We aren’t sure a hand blender would work though. But let us know if you give it a try!

  16. Jennifer Rinaldo says

    Hello, Mrs Minimalist Baker!

    LOVE your recipes! Cannot wait to try more of them! Question though: Acai bowls. I had one in Hawaii (Choice Restaurant) recently. It was “unsweetened acai puree, with banana, strawberries, coconut, and granola all topped with honey.”
    I was wondering if you’ve ever had anything like this or have a recipe/post of something of this sort. It was SO delicious but I need some direction to attempt to replicate.
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes! I love your cookbook, too!
    Jennifer

    • Priscilla says

      I went to walmart, in the aisle where they have the protein powders, i grabbed an organic acai maqui bowl mix, literally for smoothie bowls, it’s so good! and it has directions on how to make the smoothie bowl. It was $10.64 , but i believe it will be worth it because your only supposed to use 2 tbsp per recipe, i’ll get lots of smoothie bowls out of this. Just a suggestion. But i’m also going to try Minimalist’s bakers recipe now.

  17. Asia Thompson says

    I have a vita mix and still found this in possible to blend. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Each time I try to blend frozen berries and frozen bananas it gets too thick and stuck on the blender blades. If I add too much milk it gets too thin. Any tips?

  18. John says

    Quick and easy recipe that is very tasty. I used topped the smoothie with kiwi, granola & desiccated coconut ?

  19. Caitlin says

    I made this smoothie bowl this morning however even though I followed the instructions it still turned out like soup. It tasted good though but next time I’ll add another banana or some more frozen fruit. I added a strawberry outshine bar to give a strawberry flavor And that probably wasn’t a good idea. Great recipe and I’ll be making this again.

    • Mariah Crawford says

      I love this recipe it’s just my blender doesn’t have a low setting it’s just high setting so mine was like the picture it was liquidy.

  20. Talia says

    I used a spoonful of vanilla Greek yogurt instead of milk, left out the protein powder, and topped with bananas, strawberries, granola, and chia seeds. I wish I had some honey to drizzle on top, but it was still absolutely delicious! My smoothies are usually too runny, so I’m thrilled that this recipe helped me achieve that soft serve consistency!

    • Kate caballero says

      Loved that Greek Yogurt idea! Gonna try this out right now, thanks so much made it exactly like you but no chia seeds cause I’m a little allergic to those! Thank you!!

  21. Jamie says

    Made these for the whole family this morning (minus any protein powder). Fantastic flavor and consistency! We all felt full till lunch and energy was at max. Trying the matcha bowl tomorrow and so excited. Thank you :)

  22. Merilla says

    I loved this super easy recipe and how customizable the toppings are (I used coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, strawberries, hemp, chia, and flax seeds, peanut butter, and protein powder). I felt full and satisfied all morning into the early afternoon! I ended up putting the almond milk in with the fruit since my blender wasn’t cooperating well with just the frozen fruit, but still ended up with a soft serve texture.

  23. Mimi says

    Awesome! Slow-blending really does make a difference! I used banana and raspberries, plus my protein powder, a squirt of lemon, and almond milk. I topped it with chia/hemp seeds and a drizzle of yogurt. It came out so good!

  24. Jaki says

    This looks delicious! I wanted to make this for breakfast, but it looks like you are using frozen bananas. So, you actually need to prepare for it the night before? Or can you freeze the bananas a couple hours before? Thanks!

  25. Karo says

    I absolutely love and adore you! I am a vegan chef myself, I run my own vegan cafe in Lisbon, Portugal and you are a huge inspiration to me…. I have been playing around with smoothie bowls for a while now and just wanted to ask you do you think in your opinion do the bananas need to be frozen? Or can it just be a normal banana and then frozen berries for example? I have tried both ways and I just don’t want the bowl to be too frozen….. whats your opinion? Thanks again for your amazing work, much vegan love to you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think both ways work, but we love to use a frozen banana and frozen berries to get a thick consistency but as long as one or the other is frozen, you should be fine!

  26. Luciana Gogers says

    I’m Luciana & My 6 Years Old girls both we love to drink Juice & Smoothie. Your Recipe is just Awesome, I gonna make it tomorrow/today. Thanks for your Dedication

  27. Rose says

    This was great! First attempt making my own smoothie bowl and it tasted so good! I did mine in the nutribullet so it was a little difficult to get the right consistency but I poured it out into a bowl and put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes and it worked perfectly! I topped mine with toasted almonds, pecans, sunflower seed, coconut and banana and drizzled raw honey on top. Def would recommend and make again

  28. Christina says

    Omg!! I made it this morning for breakfast and it’s delicious. Hands down the best smoothie bowl. You can add whatever you like on top. Thanks it’s amazing ?

  29. Cassandra says

    I made a blueberry mango smoothie bowl. It doesn’t sound good but is delicious. I put Greek yogurt on top for my protein. If you don’t have protein powder just use Greek yogurt it helps put some tartness in there and gives you protein.

  30. Sarah says

    This looks perfectly thick, smooth, and delicious! I’m thinking about getting a Blendtec because my nutribullet won’t get my smoothie bowls thick enough to my liking. Mind telling me which model you have?

    Thanks so much!

  31. Mette says

    Thank you! I’ve never been able to do a good smoothie bowl. The trick about doing the fruit and slow was just want it needed! You have completely changed my smoothie bowl game ??

  32. Laura says

    Quick question about frozen bananas: do you peel, chop, THEN freeze? Or do you contend with frozen peel…with a mitten and knife?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laura! I recommend slicing up a banana, laying it out on parchment on a baking sheet, freezing and then storing in a resealable freezer bag!

  33. Laura says

    i am a vegan newbie… i am very grateful to have found your site as every recipe i’ve made have been absolutely delicious. i’ve shared them with co-workers who are not vegans and they love them too!
    thank you!

    • Michelle Evans says

      This will be my first attempt at making this! I thought I had all the ingredients. Looks like I need to make another trip to the store. I didn’t think about freezing the fruit. That’s a wonderful idea!! This whole time I thought yogurt was one of the main ingredients. I was so wrong! 🤦‍♀️ Can’t wait to make it and have the hubby try it!

  34. Jay says

    Hi,
    One thing I like most about your blog is the colour scheme. Such an inspiration and motivation to eat healthy!

    Jay,
    brainsANDbeans

  35. Juianne says

    Thank you for sharing the secret of making the perfect consistency smoothie bowl! I have read so many instructions, and never did they say to blend on low and it’s life-changing! So good!

  36. Laura says

    I love the idea of this smoothie bowl, but I have an aversion to the taste of bananas. Ive tried other recipes for smoothies and smoothie bowls which all require bananas but they then end up tasting like banana.

    Before I go make this and then waste it, does this smoothie bowl taste like banana or am I safe?

    • Miranda says

      I don’t know if this tastes like banana, but I read another recipe and it said to freeze under ripe banana’s rather than ripe ones if you want less of a banana flavor.

    • The girl Joey says

      I did not have a problem with it, it did take a while to beack them down but it worked. If you are worried about it you could use mushy bananas ease the process

  37. rhian says

    i made this smoothie bowl after attempting and failing at making one without a recipe. the recipe was so simple and tasty that i made a second one right after! i highly recommend this recipe.

  38. I K says

    This looks like a beautiful and simple recipe to try out! I was just wondering whether it’s possible to substitute the 2-3 tablespoons of milk with coconut water. Will it make a difference at all?

    • rhian says

      it will not, i used both coconut water and cranberry juice instead of the milk, you might have to add a bit more though.

  39. stylemelauren says

    This looks so good! I make a smoothie every morning but didn’t know the tip about doing the frozen fruit first.. WHOOPS. I’m sure tomorrow’s will be even better :) Thanks for the tip!

    XO

  40. Paula says

    I just made this for the third time for breakfast and it’s super delicious!! Today I added some leftover ‘oat pulp’ from making oat milk and it worked really well, too! It’s much more filling but just as delicious.

  41. Kelly Marie says

    A friend of mine introduced me to using avocado in my smoothies. Because I’m cutting back on sugar… even natural sugars I often use avocados to replace bananas and add a few drops of liquid stevia. This is a good substitute for bananas. I also use Avocado’s as a base in many of my dressings and sauces.
    Two years ago I would have never tried such a thing just because I thought I didn’t like avocados. They make things incredibly creamy, they’re nutrient dense with good fats and they really have a very neutral taste.

  42. elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots says

    I’ve never had a smoothie bowl, but this is an awesome idea! Yours is so pretty, definitely an enticing way to start the day, or have for a super healthy light lunch. :)

  43. Samantha says

    Hi! Bananas are great for making smoothies creamy, but I have a banana intolerance… Do you have any suggestions for a substitute that doesn’t add an overwhelming flavor? I prefer my smoothies to be creamy rather than frozen-y.
    Thank you!

      • Becky says

        That is a great idea! I am not a big breakfast person but I started eating oatmeal to lower my cholesterol and I do smoothies too. I feel good (not heavy) and ready to start my day. I don’t always have bananas on hand and that sounds like a nice change. I can’t wait to try it.

  44. Vicki says

    Looks great and I make smoothies, often. Thanks for the vegan protein suggestions. Have you ever tried Garden of Life Raw Protein, a vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free protein powder?

  45. Cassie says

    Delicious! I’ve heard that adding the liquid from a can of beans actually does a great job at thickening smoothies! Never tried it, but I feel daring!

  46. Charlotte says

    WOW! Another great recipe. I love smoothie bowls. I frequently visit our local Vitality Bowl. They use organic fruit, when in season. A large bowl is about $15 (including tip). This recipe allows control of the quality of the ingred. and you can make it at home very inexpensively. The cost for my smoothie bowl habit is going to go way, way down!
    Thank you so much,
    Charlotte

    • AJ says

      I love seeing these wonderful healthy recipes but it bothers me to read unsolicited comments criticizing other posters diets. There are a lot of gurus out there and each person has to do their own research and then make their own decisions. I follow the rules I’ve set for myself and allow everyone else to do the same.

      • Charlotte says

        I came back to this site to print this and several other recipes. I was surprised, to say the least, at your comment to me. I also love the wonderful recipes on this site. My comment was just that, a comment which was a very big thank you to The Minimalist Baker! I wish to respond as I did NOT NOR did I have ANY intention of criticizing and/or advising ANYONE! I definitely believe and practice the “Live and Let Live” idiom.

        • AJ says

          I’m so sorry! My comment was not meant to be directed to you! At the
          beginning of this thread, there were comments about a poster’s diet. I felt badly for that person. I messed up in somehow connecting my comment to your lovely post.

    • connie says

      your little misunderstanding and subsequent apologies and generalize kindness to each other made my day. ah, the internet needs more of this!

  47. Court says

    Love this recipe, similar to my go-to.

    Just letting you know, I think your nutritional info is wrong. It says 2.8 g of protein, which would be impossible using any of those protein powders.

    Hope that helps!

    xo

  48. Lukas says

    Very impressive pictures. Wish I could do such amazing pictures of my meals too. Would you mind telling me, which camera you are using?
    Best Regards,
    Purpletoaster

  49. Lukas says

    Looks great on me. Smoothie are always awesome, thank you for sharing this quick recipe. When you’re in a hurry and you still can get yourself a smoothie…awesome. Your pictures look delicious by the way!
    Best Regards,
    PurpleToaster

  50. Liz says

    I make smoothies all the time but avoid banana since it tends to make everything taste like banana (surprisingly enough ?)…which isn’t my favorite. Does this recipe taste a lot like banana?

  51. Carrie says

    I see you’re using a Blendtec. What setting do you use to blend on “low”? Are you just using the speed up and down buttons?

  52. Mali Nikoline says

    I don’t understand how your blender is able to do anything without fluid whatsoever, I thought the best was to add some fluid first, then frozen stuff…

  53. Akino says

    This looks so yummy! I’ve actually been making a similar smoothie recently, but I definitely want to give this a try! Thanks for sharing :)

    Akino |

  54. Heidi @ Red Checkered Tablecloth says

    Your photos are beautiful!!! We’ve been experimenting more with smoothies this summer. We use a Ninja blender with the motor attachment on top. We simply push down to blend (aka, we don’t have a “low” setting). I’m curious to see if we can get a “soft serve” or not.

  55. Trina says

    Just made this for breakfast! It’s so easy and simple to make and tastes delicious! (And it’s healthy, too!) Definitely keeping this recipe!

  56. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says

    I’m not strictly vegan so breakfasts are usually 5 eggs for me and blueberries. And I’ve been eating that for almost 10 years straight now. So ready for something different!!! Thank you for sharing this. I’m such a creature of habit that it’s hard for me to change boring eating habits.