Red Smoothie Bowl. This red smoothie bowl recipe is super thick, creamy, and refreshing. Made with just 3 ingredients, it is the perfect healthy summer treat!
My red smoothie bowl recipe is also naturally gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! It is loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients too.
I love smoothie bowls more than anything! I could literally eat a smoothie bowl every single day, even in the winter! But the best season of all for smoothies and smoothie bowls is the summer time. Warm muggy days made instantly cooler with a refreshing fruit smoothie bowl.
So I wanted to make a smoothie bowl recipe for every color of the rainbow: yellow smoothie bowl, green smoothie bowl, blue smoothie bowl, you get the picture. 🙂 I decided to start at the top of the rainbow with a red smoothie bowl!
RED SMOOTHIE BOWL INGREDIENTS
- Banana, frozen
- Strawberries, frozen
- Cherries, frozen
- Optional add-in: collagen (for protein)
ARE SMOOTHIE BOWLS ACTUALLY HEALTHY?
Yes! Smoothie bowls can be healthy. Smoothie bowls are loaded with high antioxidant disease fighting fruits. I don't want to say they are 100% healthy all the time, because some people add things in like ice cream and chocolate on top.. which I'd call more of a dessert. Everything in moderation right. 🙂
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED SMOOTHIE BOWL INGREDIENTS
- Bananas are great for your health! Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6.
- Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
- Dark cherries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and melatonin.
One of the BEST things you can do for your health is to eat more fresh produce! Fruits & vegetables are LOADED with disease-fighting nutrients and high in fiber to feed your good gut bacteria. 🙂
Happy gut= happy body & mind.
CAN SMOOTHIE BOWLS HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Yes! Smoothie bowls can be good for weight loss. They are good for weight loss when you are replacing them with something unhealthy. Like, instead of eating a big greasy breakfast, make a smoothie bowl. Or, instead of a big bowl of ice cream with fudge sauce, make a smoothie bowl. Smoothie bowls can be good for weight loss especially if you are going from a diet of eating no fruits and vegetables, to adding smoothie bowls, which are high in fruits and will give you fiber and tons of nutrients.
Just don't make your smoothie bowl with ingredients high in added sugars, like sweetened and flavored yogurts. Pick whole foods for your smoothie bowl: frozen fruits, frozen vegetables, protein or collagen powders, nut butters, unsweetened coconut, unsweetened milks etc.
HOW TO MAKE A RED SMOOTHIE BOWL
Thick delicious smoothie bowls are a lot easier than you think. You do not need special ingredients. And you do not even need a fancy expensive blender! I made my smoothie bowls in a cheap blender for YEARS. The key is to STOP ADDING LIQUID!!! Thick smoothie bowls really only need frozen fruit and maaaaybe a splash. Yes a SPLASH of milk. This is less than ⅛ cup per like 3 cups of fruit.
How to make my red smoothie bowl in ANY blender:
First, add a splash of milk on the bottom of the blender to help get the blades going.
Next, add the frozen fruit (and any vegetables if you want to). Add any powders too.
Turn the blender on low. Use your tamper if you have one to push the frozen ingredients down towards the blades. Or, turn the blender off and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
Continue blending until your smoothie is SMOOTH and creamy and no chunks remain.
Note: depending on the power of your blenders motor, you might have to turn off the blender and scrape the ingredients down towards the blade a few times. DO THIS and DON'T add more liquid or you'll get a soupy, watery bowl that won't be able to support any toppings.
SMOOTHIE BOWL TOPPINGS
For this red smoothie bowl, I added raspberries, coconut flakes, coquitos, and sprouted buck seeds on top.
Other smoothie bowl topping ideas:
- your favorite fruit
- nut butter (peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, etc.)
- nuts & seeds (flax seeds, hemp seeds, chopped almonds, etc.)
- chia seed pudding
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST RED SMOOTHIE BOWL
Use frozen fruit (& vegetables) only. Frozen fruit will give you a thick and creamy texture, where fresh fruit has liquid in it that will leave you with a soupy smoothie bowl.
Keep blending just until your smoothie is creamy. Don't under blend your smoothie.. and don't over blend the smoothie. If you under blend it, you will have little pieces of frozen fruit in there. If you over blend it, the air inside will start to deflate and the fruit will probably start melting.
Add crunchy toppings that give you some texture with each bite! Toppings are also a great opportunity to add some healthy fat and protein to your fruit smoothie bowl, both of which help balance blood sugar.
Enjoy immediately! Smoothie bowls are best eaten immediately. If you store a smoothie bowl in the fridge, the frozen fruit will start to melt and give you a soupy texture.
What is the difference between smoothie and a smoothie Bowl?
A smoothie is drinkable, usually served in a glass with a straw. A smoothie bowl is thick and usually served in a bowl with a spoon. Smoothie bowls are also served with toppings to add more of a nutritional variety.
How can I make my smoothie bowl thicker?
This is the number 1 most asked question that I get!! You can make your smoothie bowl thicker by using ONLY frozen fruits and/or vegetables. Don't be tempted to make it blend faster by adding more liquid, this will only make your bowl thinner.
How to thicken a smoothie bowl without banana: use frozen mangoes or pineapple. Both of these fruits create a really nice creamy texture. Frozen avocadoes also create a great creamy texture!
Do ice cubes make smoothies thicker?
Ice cubes can make your smoothie thicker, but they're not going to give you that nice creamy texture. Also, ice cubes tend to melt really fast, so you won't be enjoying a thick smoothie bowl for long. Instead, add in some frozen fruits or mild frozen vegetables.
Can I add frozen vegetables to smoothie bowls?
Yes! Vegetables are an excellent smoothie bowl add-in. Especially if you are worried about blood sugars. Some of my favorite vegetables to add to smoothies are frozen zucchini and frozen avocado! Both are pretty mild and your frozen fruit will mask the taste of them!
Can I store a smoothie bowl in the fridge?
You can totally store a smoothie bowl in the fridge, but the longer it stays in the fridge, the more it will melt. Smoothie bowls are best enjoyed immediately!
Other thick smoothie bowl recipes you might like:
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Red Smoothie Bowl (Thick & Creamy!)
For the red smoothie bowl base:
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen dark cherries
optional smoothie bowl add-ins:
- 1 scoop protein or collagen powder good for extra protein
- splash milk of choice you may need to get your blender going
red smoothie bowl toppings:
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- sprouted buck seed
To make the red smoothie bowl:
- In your blender add a splash of milk (if needed). Add 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen banana, and 1 cup frozen dark cherries. Add any optional add-ins like collagen powder or protein powder.Turn your blender on low and use your tamper to push the ingredients down towards the blades.Or, turn your blender off and scrape the frozen bits down towards the blades.Continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
- Scoop your red smoothie into a bowl.Add your favorite toppings.Enjoy immediately!