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:

Naturally sweet
& 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
Go-To Vegan Smoothie Bowl topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and fresh strawberries
4.73 from 62 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



  • 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 optional

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


  • 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.



*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. MM says

    I loved the recipe, we dont have frozen berries, so i just cuz some strawberries n 1 banana froze it for 2 hrs n blended it without any milk or yougurt. It tasted awe, tysm for this recipe!!!

  2. Kristen says

    This is a delicious recipe! I made it with a small banana, 1 cup strawberries and 1/2 cup Fage 0% yogurt. The first part went well chopping up the fruit; however, I did need to add 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk to make it blend. It took a little bit, but WOW! Just like a creamy sorbet.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Aida, the nutrition information is calculated without optional ingredients, so it doesn’t include the protein powder. It would definitely contain more protein if adding the protein powder!

  3. Lily says

    I loved this recipe, but my blender was having a hard time getting through the berries and fruit. I added yogurt that help the consistency and made it easier for the blender blades to spin. Overall my family and I enjoy this recipe and are begging me to make it again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lily, We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing your experience! You can always add more coconut or almond milk too to encourage blending, we just keep the amount in the ingredients low to ensure as thick of a smoothie bowl as possible. Hope that helps for next time!

  4. Kiesha says

    This was excellent!! Didn’t use bananas but the method was perfect!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  5. Sonali says

    Simple and delicious. My blender only has 1 speed so I took the advice from another review and used the pulse function instead. This recipe is a keeper!

  6. Ava Bosack says

    I usually am not one to like smoothies or smoothie bowls so I haven’t tried one in 6 years. I tried this today, and I still am not liking it. At first I did, but then I just didn’t like it because I just don’t like smoothies at all. But, it was very healthy and good and I still ate it all! It was good, but smoothies aren’t my thing. Just trying something new and it was pretty good!

  7. Benni says

    Chia seeds need to be soaked before ingested because they expand when they come in contact with liquid. I see too many people using them as a garnish.

  8. Jamie says

    So good! Finally learned how to make it thick and creamy. Thank you for this. I did frozen strawberry and banana and Truvani vanilla chai protein powder (a full scoop) and just a little almond milk. My blender does not have speed options so i used the pulse option and it was perfect!

  9. Jules says

    This was delicious and super healthy too.
    I used
    Frozen banana
    Frozen mango, strawberries, coconut and passion fruit
    Regular milk
    It blended with some trouble but our blender is quite old.
    Melts quick so eat right away.
    Thanks for this!

  10. Jennifer Smithson says

    I had been looking for an easier smoothie bowl to make that would be quick and easy. This is the one! So quick and simple and so delicious! I have made it twice in the last 3 days.

  11. Willow says

    I made this and it was delicious! Another comment said they used mango instead of banana and since I don’t really like banana I used mango and that was sooooo good! Defo recommend using mango. After I made it there was some left over so I added a bit more milk and made popsicles. 🤩🤩🤩 The popsicles were really nice since it is spring where I live.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We’ve gotta try that mango swap.. sounds so delish! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Willow!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Winnie, in that case, it might be tricky to make the smoothie thick enough for a smoothie bowl, but it would work well for a drinkable smoothie by adding more dairy-free milk. Hope that helps!

  12. anonymous says

    This recipe was delicious! I used mangoes instead of bananas, and dairy milk. 10/10 would recommend, tastes like healthy soft serve ice cream!

      • Dawn L Kimpel says

        Have you tried Greek yogurt in place of milk? I’m not vegan so I would use dairy. I think Greek yogurt would make it more creamy and has a lot more protein than milk.

  13. Carol Patterson says

    I nearly broke my blender making this. I ended up adding a non frozen banana and a little water at a time until my blender could choke it down. Then I added the milk and vanilla protein powder but personally I wished i didn’t add any of the powder. It doesn’t go well it’s the flavors at all :( other than all that it was a good recipe. It makes a big bowl tho so go into this has hungry!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Carol, sorry to hear this one gave you trouble! Were you using a blender that has a tamper? That can help keep things moving to avoid the blender getting overheated. Glad to hear you still enjoyed it overall!

  14. Suzanne says

    Wow! This is a delicious smoothie bowl! The secret is the slow blending and not too much liquid. I will make this often. I am thinking of using frozen blueberries and cherries next time!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi there! We haven’t tried this with chilled fruit, and it would not give you the same thick texture (it will probably be quite liquidy), but it could be yummy! Let us know how it goes if you give it a try! xo

  15. Fleur says

    Normally I need to make a smoothie bowl the evening before I can eat it as breakfast but now not 💕