5 Rules for a Better Smoothie Bowl

published Apr 4, 2016
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There’s something about eating food from a bowl that just makes it even more appealing, and smoothies are no exception. They’re certainly delicious in a tall glass, but pour a smoothie in a bowl and add all the toppings and you’ve got something really special to sink a spoon into.

1. Make it thick.

The very best smoothie bowls are thick and frosty; you don’t want to end up with a bowl of thin smoothie soup. There are two ways to get that extra-thick texture: Start with less liquid than you normally would for a drinkable smoothie, and/or you can also add some extra base ingredients like frozen fruit to the blender. Not only will frozen fruit bring some sweet flavor to your bowl, but it is also the key ingredient for thickness. Frozen fruit makes for smoothie bowls with a super-thick and creamy consistency, and works better than fresh fruit. And remember — you can always add more liquid as you blend, so start with less and pour in more as needed.

2. Chill your bowl before getting started.

Even though they’re thicker than regular smoothies, smoothie bowls can melt pretty quickly. It certainly doesn’t make them any less delicious, but that perfect frostiness only stays around for so long.

There are steps you can take to slow this down, namely popping the bowl in the freezer before getting started. If you think of it ahead of time, that’s great. But even stashing your bowl in the freezer while you prep ingredients and whip up your smoothie makes a difference.

3. Choose a deep bowl over one that’s wide and shallow.

Consider the shape of the bowl you plan to use for your smoothie. Again, the name of the game is keeping your smoothie bowl thick and chilled as long as possible. Go for a bowl that’s deeper than it is wide. The smaller surface area means slower melting.

4. Get everything prepped before loading the blender.

This is a general rule to follow with whatever you’re cooking, but prep is important here to prevent a fast melt. Get all of your ingredients prepped before anything hits the blender. This means all the add-ins for your smoothie bowl, as well as the toppings.

5. Add texture with toppings.

What really makes smoothie bowls different from their drinkable counterparts are the toppings! The extra surface area of the bowl, compared to a glass, lets you bring texture and crunch in the form of nuts, seeds, toasted coconut, granola, and fresh fruit. Layer it on!