Make this delicious strawberry banana smoothie bowl in minutes with just 5 main ingredients. It’s healthy, thick and creamy like a milkshake!
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This strawberry and banana smoothie bowl is a tropical paradise and is perfectly creamy.
I’ve always been a fan of smoothie bowls vs. smoothies because they are heartier, and I love using a spoon to soak up the creaminess and all the toppings.
Even though it’s not summer, smoothie bowls can (and should) be enjoyed year-round, in my opinion.
A banana and strawberry smoothie bowl is a great way to get nutrients in, plus easy to sip on or slurp if you don’t have a huge appetite, which as a reminder, is common post workout.
One of the cornerstones of marathon training nutrition is properly fueling before and after a workout, and smoothies are a great post-workout option.
Click here for a refresher on pre workout vs postworkout nutrition.
Table of contents
Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Bowl Ingredients
- Frozen strawberries – The star of the show. You can use more or less than 1 cup depending on how fruity you want your smoothie to taste.
- 1 frozen banana – The frozen bananas add thickness and a natural sweetness
- Milk of choice – I used cows milk and generally prefer to use a milk with protein, such as dairy, soy, or pea milk. However, you can also use another milk substitute and just add protein in through yogurt and/or a protein powder!
- Greek yogurt – The ultimate secret ingredient to add creaminess. Check out these greek yogurt smoothie recipes for more inspiration.
- Pinch of cinnamon (if desired) – The cinnamon adds a fun flavor that is subtle, but also adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!
- Oats (optional) – They add more nutrients and help add thickness too
This strawberry and banana smoothie bowl is a great way to use leftover frozen bananas.
While these are the key components, the toppings are what can really set your smoothie bowl apart and make a fun meal for a smoothie during pregnancy.
Strawberry Banana Bowl Topping Ideas
There are so many choices for toppings for your smoothie bowl, depending on your taste and texture preferences.
- fruit (mango, kiwi, berries)
- coconut flakes
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- flax seeds
- cocoa nibs or chocolate chips
- peanut butter
- nuts or seeds
- granola – I’m partial to this easy protein granola or coconut cinnamon maple granola.
Smoothies are easy toddler snacks because you can have your toddlers pick the fun toppings they want!
I get the majority of these toppings from Thrive Market.
I keep them in bulk as pantry staples so I always have nutritious rockstars on hand for throwing on things.
How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
When blending, I add the fruit and yogurt first, then add the milk slowly.
I say to start slowly with milk or liquid because it’s the best way to ensure you can get your desired consistency and thickness (more on that below).
Adding too much milk too quickly will make it more liquid-y.
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl Thicker
The thickness of a smoothie bowl is important.
I find that the thicker the smoothie, the better the toppings stay in place and the better it tastes. I want to be able to use a spoon.
If it’s too liquidy, they will just sink.
This banana strawberry smoothie bowl has the perfect, pillow-y consistency. The texture is like a milkshake in a bowl and it’s divine.
The yogurt is the secret to a creamy, thick smoothie with the perfect consistency!
To make a smoothie bowl thicker: Reduce the liquid amount, add more ice, and/or add in more yogurt.
To make a smoothie bowl more liquid: Reduce the ice or frozen fruit, and add in more milk, juice or water.
It’s a totally personal preference as to how thick you like a smoothie bowl, so there is no right or wrong way to do it.
Smoothie Vs. Smoothie Bowl
The main difference between a smoothie vs. smoothie bowl is how you like to enjoy your smoothie.
Are you someone who likes to drink, or eat out of a bowl with a spoon? If it’s the latter (hi, I’m right there with you), this strawberry and banana smoothie bowl is made for you.
Smoothie bowls are so much more satisfying to me, and if athletes have the time, I always recommend them as a healthy athlete snack.
However, smoothies win out for portability and I have a bunch of favorite liquid smoothie recipes too, depending on my feeling.
And if you need a jump start to your day, this peanut butter coffee smoothie is a must.
These lactation smoothie recipes may help milk supply, too!
Yes, absolutely. Any type of milk will work. Know that if you want protein, sticking with cow’s milk, soy milk or pea milk, or adding protein powder, is best. You can also use coconut, cashew or almond milk if you prefer.
Yes, you can make a strawberry smoothie bowl with no banana. You may want to add another sweetener or more fruit to make up for the lack of banana, since they impart a natural sweetness and texture.
If you have leftover smoothie, you have a few options.
– You can just save it in the fridge and drink again when you’d like, although it will lose some of its thickness and creaminess.
– Another option is to freeze the remainder in small freezer friendly bags, and blend again when you’re ready. You will have to add in more milk or liquid.
– You can also freeze some in ice trays, and use for future smoothies to add a bit more flavor.
– If you plan on enjoying later that day, you can add to oatmeal or a yogurt parfait!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup greek yogurt (I like plain or vanilla)
- ½ cup milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Layer frozen fruit in bottom of blender or processer.
- Add in milk, yogurt and cinnamon.
- Blend until reach desired consistency.
Less milk makes more milk shake smoothie consistency and makes it thicker. It is recommended to add liquid little by little. See notes in the post for how to make a thick smoothie.
Optional add-in's: protein powder, nuts, seeds, granola, cereal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 8gSugar: 33gProtein: 18g