Instagram Worthy Smoothie Bowls

May 16, 2017

Saturday, I hosted a smoothie bowl making workshop at The Barre Code Plano.  We had a lot of fun, made a giant mess, and laughed together.  If you missed out on the workshop, don’t worry, because I am going to share some of my tips with you.  We are also planning another possible workshop in the fall to go over some fall recipes, so keep an eye out on my monthly events posts.

Smoothie bowls make the perfect summer breakfast.  They are full of delicious, in season fruits and cold enough to cool you of on even the hottest day.  It’s easy for anyone to throw a bowl together, but an “Instagram worthy smoothie bowl” takes a bit more practice to get it just right.


The base of your smoothie bowl is the smoothie part, kind of like the ice cream in a sundae.  You want to think about the texture and ingredients when making the perfect smoothie bowl.


You want the texture of the base to be like a thick milkshake, or ice cream.  If it is too runny, the toppings will sink to the bottom instead of floating on top.  Thicker smoothies are also better to eat with a spoon.

Liquid mixers

The most common liquid to blend smoothies with is milk.  I recommend using unsweetened milk, since the fruit will naturally sweeten it. You can use dairy milk or a non-fair alternative like almond, soy, or coconut milk.  Both Greek yogurt and coconut water make great mixers too.

Tip: Start with 1/3 C of liquid and add more as needed to make desired thickness.  Adding too much liquid at the beginning will cause it to be too watery.  If that happens, add ice.

Fruit mixers

Use 3-4 fruits to create your perfect blend. Some of my favorites include bananas, berries, mango, and pineapple.  I love grabbing pre-packaged acai or dragonfruit frozen packets too.

Tip: Buy frozen fruit in the freezer section of your favorite grocery store, or freeze fresh fruits right before they go bad.  Fresh bananas are easy to slice and freeze ahead of time.

Other mixers

You can also add protein powder, cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate powder, nut butter, or coconut butter. Greens are also a great addition to smoothie bowls.  The two most popular greens are kale and spinach.  Just add one handful to any smoothie or make it your primary flavor.  I love to make my smoothies with avocado.  It gives it a creamy texture with all of the benefits of avocado.

Fruits naturally sweeten the bowls, but feel free to add honey, agave or dates to make it even sweeter.


Start with your powder, then your liquid mixers, next add frozen fruit, last add other mixers and fresh fruits.


Colorful smoothies are always a huge hit with Instagram.  Greens, pinks, and deep purples look beautiful in photographs.  You can achieve these colors naturally, without dyes, based on the fruits or greens you choose for your bowl. Compliment your smoothie bowl base by adding colorful toppings.


When choosing your toppings to go on your smoothie bowl, think about amount, texture, and color.


Try to keep your toppings to 4-5.  If you want a superfood bowl with many toppings, keep in mind serving size and use a minimal amount of each one.

Tip: Add your heaviest toppings last, just before you snap your photo, to keep them from sinking to the bottom.


Balance out your smoothie bowl by adding crunchy and creamy toppings.  Some crunchy topping choices may include granola, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, nuts, and seeds. The best creamy toppings are nut butters.  Add a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter to mix in to your bowl and make it more creamy (and taste delicious!).


When beautiful, colorful fruits are in season, snag them for your bowls.  Some of my favorite colorful fruit toppings include dragonfruit, mango, blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries.  Goji berries and dried cranberries also add a bit of color to chocolate bowls.


The prettiest Instagram worthy smoothie bowls are arranged beautiful.  You can top everything top of one another, arrange in a line, or a circle.  Play around with different arrangements and find what works best for you.


Lastly, top your bowl with a drizzle of agave, honey or nut butter.  In order to top with peanut or almond butter, add it to a plastic bag and cut off the corner.  Then, you can pipe it on to your bowl in a pretty design or drizzle.


These are my tips and tricks for an Instagram worthy smoothie bowl.  Happy creating!

Check out recipes for several smoothie bowl recipes.

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What are your favorite smoothie bowl flavors or toppings? Leave me a comment below!

  • Harmony, Momma To Go May 16, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I had an acai bowl in hawaii this summer and Ive been wanting to recreate it! I guess you can use other things as the base. I love this idea of bowls plus random toppings! Your photos are really gorgeous!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Harmony! I still need to visit Hawaii.

  • Caroline May 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I’ve seen these sort of smoothie bowls advertised before but never actually tried one. They look simply divine!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Girl! You have to try it. 🙂 So easy and delicious.

  • Toni May 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    These look amazing! I want to try each and every one of them. Thanks for the instagram tips too!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Of course! You should play around in them for sure.

  • Divya May 16, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I’ve never actually had a smoothie in a bowl before, but they always look so appetizing! It’s like dessert for breakfast!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      You have to try them! So good!

  • Brittany May 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Ummm….this is amazing!!! Great post. I want to make a smoothie bowl RIGHT NOW! 🙂

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Haha. You should do it!

  • Sarah Althouse May 16, 2017 at 8:11 am

    These are gorgeous! The closest I’ve come to making one is pouring granola on kefir and chopping up a banana on top. ha!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Haha. You’re getting close!

  • Lona Benitez May 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Wow, these are all beautiful and look delicious! I’ve never had a smoothie bowl before, but I’ve definitely found them intriguing on Instagram. Thanks for breaking it down with this post–definitely something I want to try soon. I’m thinking something with acai!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      You should try it for sure!

  • Helene May 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Every single one of these looks and sounds delicious! I have yet to dive into the world of smoothie bowls, but this is convincing me to try them!

    xo, Helene

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      You should! They are fantastic!

  • ivana May 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I am so messy when it comes to making nice looking insta bowls, but must try again and inspire myself with this great photos xo

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  • Beth Kondrick May 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Oh man, these all look so yummy! I haven’t tried making a smoothie bowl before, but I want to now!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      You really should!

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat. May 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Great post! I’m totally ready to jump on the smoothie bowl band wagon. They are so pretty and I love smoothies anyway!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Yes! It’s perfect!

  • Andrea May 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Instagram worthy indeed! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s breakfast and try making one of these! (And post on IG of course!Lol) Thabks for sharing these great tips! 🙂

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Of course! I hope you tried it and loved it!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms May 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Yum! These look amazing! I haven’t tried a smoothie bowl yet, but now I can’t wait to! The bright colors make it so appetizing!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      You should try it for sure! It’s so fun!

  • Emily May 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Those smoothie bowls look amazing! I plan to make one soon. Hopefully it turns out ok. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you!! I hope you love it!

  • Stephanie Suire May 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I love all of your smoothie bowls, they are so colorful and almost too pretty to eat!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 You should see the ones I don’t photograph. haha

  • Jessica Devlin Design May 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve been wondering about smoothie bowls for a while. You’ve got me convinced to try it!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      I hope you enjoy! It’s so good!

  • Carol May 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Oh wow these look amazing! Pinning for sure!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much Carol!!

  • Kristine May 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Oh yum! I love smoothie bowls. Great tips for how to make them at home!!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Me too! They are so good!

  • Kim May 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    They look yummy and they are pretty too…love the colors, especially the purples

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks girl! I am a big fan of color.

  • Robin May 16, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    These are such great tips! It’s so true that making delicious food and Instagram-worthy food are two completely separate goals, hahah!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      hahaha. You can achieve both for sure.

  • ShootingStarsMag May 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I really want to try a smoothie bowl. These are beautiful. That’s awesome that you hosted an event to show how to make them.

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, dear! It was a lot of fun!!

  • Dominique May 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    They all look so gorgeous (and delicious too!) We’re coming into winter over here, so I’m getting more into warm breakfasts, but I’ve pinned these as a reminder to try when Summer comes back around!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      I make oatmeal bowls too. Same kinds of toppings but oatmeal as the base.

  • shan May 17, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This looks so tasty AND so easy. I’m sold. 😉

    The How-to Guru

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you!

  • Jessica Wagner May 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These all look SO yummy and so much fun to make! XO

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      They are a ton of fun to make!

  • Melanie @ Nutritious Eats May 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Smoothie bowls are my favorite! They are not only colorful and gorgeous to look at but delicious to eat!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Mine too! They are so pretty!

  • carmen May 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love the look of the kale & spinach bowl. It’s so pretty & there are so many options to choose from. :]


    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Yes! The greens are so fun.

  • Jeni May 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

    These are GORGEOUS. I’m a sucker for the deep purple ones myself and have been making blackberry smoothies myself all week. You’ve got a great tutorial here as well for not only how to get a great shot, but also how to build a great and nutritious smoothie bowl. I’m sharing it!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Yum! Thank you. I need to try a blackberry one.

  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated May 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I’m just starting to get into smoothie bowls. Partly because they’re good for you and partly because they’re so beautiful! Definitely going to implement some of your tips to make Insta-worthy bowls!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Yes! Hope you love it!

  • Erika ortega May 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Every single one looks delicious. Just pinned it. Love smoothie bowls

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you, Erika!!

  • Casey the College Celiac May 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I love smoothie bowls and have one for breakfast nearly every morning. My biggest advice? Try using tea as the base for an extra hit of flavor. (I love using Numi Organic’s turmeric vanilla tea). Also, adding zucchini is an easy way to have some hidden veggies that you won’t taste!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Such a great idea!!!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife May 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    These are all gorgeous smoothie bowls, and I just LOVE all of your tips! Cocoa nibs and agave nectar are some of my favorite “indulgent” sweets to add to smoothie bowls. I love eating colorful food that’s healthy but also feels decadent, and smoothie bowls do the trick!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you!! I agree completely.

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc. May 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I drink a green smoothie every day but have been thinking I should make them into a smoothie bowl from time to time. They’re so pretty!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Absolutely. You would love it!

  • Samantha May 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I have never tried a smoothie bowl, but these look so delicious that now I really want to! They’re gorgeous, and those flavors sound sooooooo good! Thanks!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks girl! They are really delicious.

  • Kristen Kavan May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    i am obsessed with smoothie bowls! What do you use to make that bright purple? It is SO beautiful and absolutely instagram worthy!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Acai, strawberries and blueberries. 🙂

  • Elise Cohen Ho May 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I adore smoothie bowls. My kids and I are always playing around with new ones at home or looking for new ones to try during our travels.

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Hope you try some yummy ones!!

  • jessica May 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    smoothie bowls are the best and the possibilities are absolutely endless!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Yes they are!

  • Patricia May 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I just ate but these photos are making me hungry!! Great tips too!!!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks girl!!

  • Cori May 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I absolutely love making smoothie bowls, so delicious!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Cori. They are a lot of fun to make!

  • Mary Jane May 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Oh wow these look stunning! I’m looking forward to upping my smoothie game tomorrow 🙂

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I hope you love it!

  • Stephanie May 18, 2017 at 2:31 am

    All of these pics are worth of sharing on the Instagram. I can’t express how much I love smoothie bowls. Colorful smoothies…loving it 🙂

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      They are so much fun to make!

  • Kate May 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

    YES! I totally agree. I have been waiting for summer to start eating smoothie bowls for breakfast. 🙂 I just made a bunch of granola in preparation. Yay! These look delicious. 🙂

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Homemade granola would only perfect it!

  • Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial May 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I actually just made my first smoothie bowl not too long ago! While it tasted delicious, it definitely needed to be thicker – I’ll have to try some of the things you mentioned!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      I hope they work for you.

  • Bethany Evans May 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    These look so amazing. I love smoothies bowls so much xx

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Me too girlie!!

  • Alexis May 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

    These look so tasty! I have got to make these! My sister-in-law keeps sending me pictures of her smoothie bowls.

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      haha. Now you know how to make it. 🙂

  • Stacy gordon May 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I love acai bowls. These all look delicious!

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks girl! They are so fun. 🙂

  • Jerica May 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Jessica, these look so good!! I loved this post because you really broke it down on how to actually build a good smoothie bowl.

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks girl! 🙂 I’m kind of obsessed

  • Mai Lyn Ngo May 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

    This is SOOO helpful. I started with smoothies a while back but havent gotten into bowls yet. I’ll definitely be using some of these tips. Thanks for sharing!