Creamy banana mango smoothie bowl, topped with dragon fruit, mint, blueberries, granola and hemp seeds.
Ahhh, the smoothie bowl craze. You may be familiar with them, but if not, they’re basically thick smoothies in a bowl, topped with fresh fruit , granola, nuts, seeds, etc. It’s taken me this long to attempt to make one, mostly because I didn’t understand the fascination. Any pictures I’ve seen of one of these bowls looked incredibly impractical, with half a mango fanned open on top of the bowl, with the skin still on, or a cute kiwi, cut in half that would be tough to eat in one bite.
However, after making a smoothie bowl, I kind of get it now. The focus is more on the creativity and food styling, which explains their popularity on Instagram. Like most dishes served in restaurants, presentation is everything, but it also has to make sense for the person eating the dish. If you’re combining flavors that don’t go together, or if you plate a dish that is too bulky and awkward for someone to eat, that dish is going to get sent back and/or leave the customer confused and disappointed.
With all that being said, I wanted to make a smoothie bowl that made sense to me. One with flavors that worked well together and one that I didn’t have to deconstruct and cut into bite sized pieces after the picture was taken. This bowl combines tropical fruit (banana, mango and dragon fruit), with food found in the Northern parts of the world (blueberries and mint). It makes me think of a dish a backpacker would put together with food they foraged from their journey from Central America to Canada. It’s more of a North meets South smoothie bowl.
If you’d like to eat a more seasonal bowl, combine foods that are grown locally in your area right now. There may be more than you think.
- 1 cup Mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 ½ Frozen Bananas
- 1 ½ cups Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
- Spoonful of Yogurt for the swirl (Use soy or coconut yogurt if you don't eat dairy)
- Dragon fruit
- Chopped Mint
- Hemp Seeds
- Blend the mango and banana with the almond milk until smooth. Adjust the amount of milk to your preference, depending how thick you want the smoothie. The thicker it is, the easier it is for food to rest on top of it.
- Scatter dabs of yogurt on top of the smoothie bowl, then drag a toothpick through it in different directions to create the swirls.
- Cut the dragon fruit in half. Using a melon baller, or a ½ tsp measuring spoon, scoop out desired amount of flesh.
- Top smoothie with fruit and granola. Have fun with it!