There’s something magical about smoothie bowls. They truly capture the essence of a tropical paradise while also offering a healthy breakfast option. These bowls not only kickstart your day with a burst of flavor, but they’re also a nutritional powerhouse that keeps you satisfied.
The natural sweetness of ripe mangoes provide the perfect base for a smoothie bowl. Their thick and creamy consistency adds a luxurious touch to your morning routine. And, there is something about the tropical flavors that really cheer me up. Not only are these bowls great for the summer months to cool off, but they’re also a unique way to beat the seasonal blues. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re eating it at the beach.
So, if you are looking for a filling breakfast that will whisk you away to a tropical island, look no further than this tropical mango smoothie bowl.
How To Make A Mango Smoothie Bowl
Time needed: 5 minutes
How to make a mango smoothie bowl from scratch. You can mix up the ingredients and use different fruits as you see fit.
- Prepare the Ingredients
If using fresh fruit, peel and chop 1 ½ cups of mango and ¾ cup of banana. Ensure the fruits are ripe for the best flavor and sweetness. Measure out the coconut milk and protein powder of choice.
- Assemble the Ingredients
In a high-powered blender, combine the fresh or frozen mango cubes, banana slices, vanilla protein powder, coconut milk, and orange juice.
- Blend Until Smooth and Thick
Cover the blender and blend the ingredients on high speed until you achieve a smooth and thick consistency. The blending process may take a few minutes, depending on the power of your blender. Ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Check the Consistency
Pause the blender and check the consistency of the smoothie. Add more coconut milk if you prefer a thinner texture or more frozen fruit if you desire a thicker consistency. You can also use orange juice or almond milk to thin the consistency out. Once satisfied with the texture, pour the smoothie into a bowl. It should be slighter thicker than a smoothie.
- Add Desired Toppings
Now comes the fun part! Customize your mango smoothie bowl with a variety of toppings. Consider adding a sprinkle of chia seeds for extra nutritional benefits, diced fresh mango for a burst of freshness, unsweetened coconut flakes for a tropical touch, and granola for a satisfying crunch.
- Enjoy your bowl of deliciousness
The key to enjoying the perfect mango smoothie bowl is to serve it immediately. The fresh and creamy texture, combined with the delightful toppings is best experienced right away. Grab a spoon and savor the tropical goodness of your homemade mango smoothie bowl.
Variations and Add-Ins
To take your mango smoothie bowl experience to a whole other levels, consider incorporating one of these add-ins. Not only do they enhance the flavor, but they also contribute additional nutrition to this refreshing treat.
- Hemp seeds – a fantastic source of plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various essential minerals. They add a delightful nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch to your smoothie bowl, making it more filling and nourishing.
- Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, or Cashews) – nuts bring a delightful texture to your smoothie bowl while offering a dose of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Almonds, for instance, are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, promoting skin health and overall well-being.
- Chia seeds – these tiny seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. When added to your mango smoothie bowl, they absorb liquid and create a pudding-like consistency, adding a unique and satisfying element.
- Granola – this provides a delightful crunch and a touch of sweetness to balance the tropical flavors. Choose a granola with whole grains, nuts, and seeds for added nutritional benefits.
- Coconut flakes – elevate the tropical vibe with coconut flakes. They add a hint of sweetness, a chewy texture, and a dose of healthy fats to keep you satiated throughout the morning. Coconut chips are also a great option.
- Fresh berries – berries not only enhance the visual appeal of your mango smoothie bowl but also bring additional antioxidants, vitamins, and a burst of tartness to complement the sweetness of mangoes.
- Nut butter – for added protein and flavor, consider mixing in your favorite nut butter. I like adding almond butter or cashew butter to this tropical smoothie bowl.
- Fresh pineapple – fresh pineapple works very well with the frozen banana in this smoothie bowl recipe. You can also add additional frozen banana slices on top of this bowl for added texture and sweetness. Other tropical fruit like passion fruit also works well in this recipe.
- Orange juice – a splash of fresh orange juice can help thin out the creamy texture of this mango smoothie bowl recipe. It also adds a bit more sweetness if your bananas were not perfectly ripe.
- Soy milk – a splash of soy milk can also be used instead of orange juice to thin this recipe out. I like using unsweetened vanilla soy or almond milk in this recipe.
Tip: Whatever smoothie bowl ingredients you decide to use, be sure you are using the freshest possible.
How to store a smoothie bowl
Sometimes, you can’t enjoy your breakfast immediately. Storing your smoothie bowl can be a bit tricky, as they really do taste best when consumed right away. But, it is possible to store your smoothie bowl to enjoy later.
If you need to store a smoothie bowl for a short period, you can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. Place the smoothie bowl in an airtight container to minimize exposure to air and potential oxidation. However, keep in mind that the texture may change, and some toppings may lose their crunchiness when stored together. I recommend storing the ingredients separately.
If your smoothie bowl includes toppings like granola, nuts, or seeds, consider storing them separately from the base. Add the toppings just before consuming to maintain their freshness and prevent them from becoming mushy.
While not the ideal option, you can freeze a smoothie bowl for longer storage. However, freezing may alter the texture, and the separation of ingredients could occur. If you choose to freeze, do so in an airtight container, and be prepared for some textural changes upon thawing.
If you’ve frozen your smoothie bowl, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before consuming. Stir the mixture well to recombine any separated ingredients, and be aware that the texture might not be the same as when it was freshly made.
Choose the Right Container
Use a container that fits the quantity of your smoothie bowl without leaving too much empty space, as exposure to air can contribute to oxidation. Airtight containers or mason jars work well for this purpose.
I hope you enjoy this easy mango smoothie bowl recipe. When it comes to making a smoothie bowl, the best way is your own way. You really can get very creative with smoothie bowls. If you liked this recipe, you’ll also enjoy this list of nice cream recipes. Also check out this list of green smoothie recipes.
Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen mango cubed
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen banana sliced
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder vegan
- ⅓ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup orange juice
- chia seeds
- diced fresh mango
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- Peel and chop your mango and banana if using fresh fruit.
- Add mango, banana, protein powder, coconut milk, and orange juice into a high-powered blender.
- Cover and blend on high speed until smooth and thick. Add additional liquid as needed to meet desired consistency.
- Pour into a bowl and add desired toppings.
- Serve immediately or follow storage instructions above.