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