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Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl – a Healthy Frozen Plant-Based Treat

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This tasty banana berry smoothie bowl is made with frozen bananas and strawberries, vanilla, a little maple syrup, and plant-milk or other liquid of choice. Top with berries, nuts, coconut, or granola for a customizable healthy frozen treat.

two bowls of banana strawberry smoothie with blueberries and sliced strawberries

I’ve been on a vegan frozen treat kick lately! (See below.) And while my vegan ice creams are super yummy, I’ve also been feeling a little…um…overindulged lately too. If you are looking for a frozen treat with no fat and little sugar, this banana berry smoothie bowl might be for you too!

For more tasty frozen vegan treats try:

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banana berry smoothie in wooden bowl topped with blueberries, sliced strawberries, and flaked coconut with pinterest text overlay

Ingredients needed for a healthy banana berry smoothie bowl:

The main ingredients:

  • frozen bananas
  • frozen strawberries
  • coconut flakes
  • blueberries
  • sliced strawberries
ingredients for banana strawberry smoothie including frozen bananas and strawberries, blueberries, strawberries and flaked coconut

The liquid options:

You’ll need a one-fourth cup liquid but you can break it up any way you want for more or less sweetener:

  • vanilla
  • maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener)
  • plant milk of choice or sub in water
liquids for strawberry banana smoothies including maple syrup, vanilla, plant milk

Equipment and optional toppings:

How to make a banana berry smoothie bowl:

Use the best fruit:

You’ll need sweet tasting berries and bananas that are just barely on the other side of ripe.

Start out by sourcing the best bananas (no bruises) and sweet strawberries. If your fruit doesn’t taste the best going into it, it is not going to be improved by freezing and processing.

Sometimes strawberries just aren’t as sweet. In that case, I use a little extra sweetener or cut the number of strawberries down to have a higher sweet banana to strawberry ratio.

Cut the bananas into small chunks. You can leave the strawberries whole unless they are really big. If they are super large, cut in half.

cut bananas showing proper size

Freezing the fruit:

If you have room in your freezer, lay the fruit on a cookie sheet so that it isn’t touching, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. I personally do not have that much space in my freezer. So I put the cut fruit in a large baggie and after a couple of hours, take the bag out and shake around to break up.

Freeze for at least six hours or overnight.

Blending/processing the smoothie:

Your fruit will measure up to about the 5 cup level on your blender. Sometimes I use more strawberries and sometimes I use more bananas depending on the quality and quantity of fruit I have on hand. But the fruit should never measure much past the 5 cup level mark.

frozen bananas and strawberries in blender ready to go

Before blending/processing the frozen fruit into a banana berry smoothie bowl, take the frozen fruit out of the freezer and let it sit for about 5 minutes. The fruit should not be so frozen that it is rock-hard. You should be able to stick your thumbnail into it with light force.

Put the frozen bananas and strawberries in the blender or food processor without any of the liquid.

Blend on low in starts and stops for a couple of minutes until most of the frozen fruit resembles tiny little pieces.

frozen bananas and strawberries just blended to show little chunks of frozen fruit

Then add in the vanilla and liquid sweetener of choice. I like to use one Tablespoon of maple syrup, you can also use agave or other sweetener. If you like it a little sweeter, use more. If you want to be super healthy and even forgo the liquid sweetener, you may do that as well. Remember, you will be using about 1/4 cup total sweetener/plant milk.

After adding the vanilla and maple syrup, start blending on high then gradually add in the plant milk. (Note: you can sub in water, but it will be a little less creamy.)

frozen bananas and berries blended with liquids in blender

It should start getting nice and smooth; but as you can see, I needed to use the pushing tool to get it all to the bottom and well blended. You will blend on high for a couple of more minutes until creamy and smooth.

The frozen fruit concoction will be the consistency of a lovely soft-serve ice cream that you eat with a spoon!

Serving suggestions:

Pour into two bowls – like these cute coconut bowls – and top with fresh fruit and coconut flakes. You can customize your banana berry smoothie bowl by adding in dried fruit, nuts, granola, chocolate chips, or marshmallows.

two bowls of banana strawberry smoothie with blueberries and sliced strawberries

If you want to save it for later, you can always pour the smoothie into a freezer-safe container. It will keep in the freezer for at least a week. Just take in out and let it sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes to soften up.

glass rectangular container with banana strawberry smoothie smoothed out and ready to freeze

Or, scoop out while still frozen and serve in a pretty ice cream dish with a little melted strawberry jam drizzled on top; and you’ve got a healthy frozen vegan treat!

strawberry banana smoothie frozen into ice cream with strawberry topping

And now for the recipe!

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bowl of banana strawberry smoothie with blueberries and sliced strawberries

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl – a Healthy Vegan Frozen Treat

This tasty banana berry smoothie bowl is made with frozen bananas and strawberries, vanilla, a little maple syrup, and plant-milk or other liquid of choice. Top with berries, nuts, coconut, or granola for a customizable healthy frozen treat.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana berry smoothie bowl, vegan ice cream
Prep Time: 10 minutes
freezing the fruit: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 222kcal

Equipment

  • high-speed blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 cup strawberrie
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons plant milk
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flaked
  • optional blueberries, strawberries, nuts, granola, etc

Instructions

  • Cut bananas into uniform chunks. Cut tops off strawberries. You can leave whole unless very large. Cut large berries in half.
    cut bananas showing proper size
  • Put fruit in the freezer for at least six hours or overnight. If possible, put the fruit on a cookie sheet so that it doesn't touch and freeze that way. If you do not have room in your freezer, then put in a large baggie but check after a couple of hours. Shake the bag and break up the frozen fruit chunks.
  • Add the frozen fruit to the blender. It will measure up to the 5 cup mark. Blend on low speed for a couple of minutes or until the fruit is broken into tiny chunks.
    frozen bananas and strawberries just blended to show little chunks of frozen fruit
  • Add the vanilla and maple syrup. Turn blender onto high and gradually add the plant milk. Blend for a couple of more minutes or until smooth. You might need your pusher to get the fruit to the bottom and fully blend.
    frozen bananas and berries blended with liquids in blender
  • Pour the smoothie into two bowls. Top with coconut and berries and other optional toppings of choce.

Notes

You can save for later. Just pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze. When you are ready to eat your smoothie bowl, set the container on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Or you can scoop out and serve as a fruity ice cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
By on October 25th, 2020

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