the perfect smoothie bowl formula


My smoothie bowl formula can be broken down in 6 simple steps with which you can create any smoothie bowl flavor your heart desires. What's even better is you can these up without any super special ingredients. Most smoothie bowl recipes I see, while they look mouth-watering good, have a long list of ingredients that can only be acquired at health food stores or ordered online, which is typically very expensive. I'm here to tell you that smoothie bowls don't have to be complicated and can be budget friendly! As a college student, I understand the difficulty of trying to buy and cook healthy without spending too much. 

My brother (check out his website here) was generous enough to do this photoshoot with me, though I will say that he was compensated with a delicious butternut squash smoothie bowl. I absolutely love how the photos turned out, it made me realize that I desperately need to invest in a nicer camera very soon. Anyways, these smoothie bowls are nutritious, delicious, and simple- the perfect meal for any time of the day.

smoothie bowl ingredients

1. Build a Base

1 sliced and frozen banana plus 1/4 cup of plain nonfat greek yogurt never fails to give you a nice thick and creamy smoothie.


2. Choose a healthy fat

1/4 an avocado, or a (heaping) tablespoon of any nut butter will do the trick.

avocado halved
peanut butter

3. Pick a super power

My favorites are 1/8 cup of rolled oats, or 1 TBS of chia seeds or ground flax seed. I also almost always add a dash of cinnamon for an extra flavor boost.


4. Mix & Match

Choose 1-3 different fruits and veggie, Good veggies to use that don't overpower the flavor smoothie are spinach, kale, cucumber, and celery. I love to use frozen berries such as strawberries or blueberries. Baked butternut squash or sweet potato makes for an extra creamy and delicious treat.

fresh spinach
butternut squash
sliced cucumber

5. Blend it up

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add almond milk or water as needed to help blend to preferred consistency.

smoothie before blend
smoothie after blend
smoothie blending

6. Top it off

No smoothie bowl is complete without a few of your favorite toppings. Raisins, unsweetened shredded coconut, or fresh cut fruit such as kiwi or berries are my go-tos.

shredded coconut
sliced kiwi

7. Enjoy!

The most important step of them all! Want a few of my favorite smoothie bowl recipes to get started? Try out the cool green, creamy butternut squash, or PBJ smoothie bowl.

Mel & smoothie bowl joy
mom & PBJ smoothie bowl mid-bite