Thick and extra creamy, this Easy Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl Recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients like frozen strawberries, oats, chia seeds, and yogurt and takes just 5 minutes to make. Continue reading for all my tips and tricks on how to make the very best, extra thick, smoothie bowl.
Fruit covered smoothie bowls hold a special place here on TFS including Banana Mango Smoothie Bowl with Bee Pollen, Raspberry Beet and Cereal Smoothie Bowl, and Almond Butter and Spirulina Smoothie Bowl.
Smoothie Bowl Recipes are all over the internet, so trust me, I know I’m not reinventing the wheel here. However, I have made a lot of these delicious bowls of blended fruit in my days, using several different kinds of blenders, and can confidently say that I have learned a thing or two about making a smooth, thick, and creamy smoothie.
INGREDIENTS IN THIS EASY STRAWBERRY YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL
- Chia seeds
- Rolled oats
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen banana
- Greek yogurt
This is my favorite, go-to, base recipe for all my yogurt smoothie bowls. There are ways to make smoothie bowls thicker (see below), but I don’t always have those ingredients on hand. On the other hand, I always have the ingredients listed above, so I make those work.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING A CREAMIER SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE
- Blender Blender Blender. Ok, so I’m not going to suggest that in order to get a thick smoothie bowl you need to purchase a super expensive blender or food processor, it absolutely helps. How do I know this? Because before purchasing my Vitamix, I busted the motors on two mid-range blenders and one Ninja before finally breaking down and buying the good one. So, yea, I guess I’d say if you can, you should.
- Avocado. Avocado is a terrific addition to any smoothie bowl recipe since it’s CREAMY and easy to blend.
- Freeze yo fruit.
- Start with less…as in less liquid. And add more as needed.
- Oats! How is this, you ask? Soluble fiber.
- Silken tofu. Tofu, like avocado, is creamy and lacks any overwhelming flavor. Add just half a cup to your favorite smoothie recipe for an extra punch of creaminess and PROTEIN! yayyyy
- Ch ch ch chia (said like the Chia Pet moto…get it? yes? no? anyway…) Chia seeds work wonders in thickening things up a bit. I do recommend soaking your chia seeds in milk before blending.
- Everything needs to be either cold or frozen. Room temperature just will not work.
- Nut butter! plop a tablespoon in there. Try it, you know you want to 😉 (just please, don’t do it if you have a nut allergy).
- YOGURT. because hello! We’re making a strawberry yogurt smoothie bowl.
Every smoothie bowl recipe needs some toppings. Jk, they don’t. But mine do. Here is a breakdown of where to start.
- Fresh (or frozen) fruit. Go crazy with the fruit, my friends. Big chunks or teeny tiny bits and pieces, fruit is not your enemy.
- Nuts. Nuts add great texture and creamy flavor to any smoothie bowl. They’re a definite must for me- my favorite being cashews.
- Oats. Not a lot, but a little sprinkle does the body good.
- Flax and chia. Same as the oats, why not sprinkle just a little extra of these power foods on top of your superpower bowl?
- Dried Fruit. So sweet.
- Coconut Chips.
- Cocoa Nibs. It’s like chocolate, but not.
In the end, how you make your Easy Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl is entirely up to you. Add…subtract…play around with it.
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EASY STRAWBERRY YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE
FOR THE SMOOTHIE BOWL
FOR THE SMOOTHIE BOWL
- In a small bowl add the chia seeds and rolled oats to the milk. Mix to combine and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes, or, if planning ahead, you may do this overnight. Simply place the chia seeds, oats, and milk in a jar with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
- When ready to make the smoothie, place the frozen strawberries and banana in the bowl of a high-powered, high-speed blender. Pulse, or blend on low just until the fruit is broken into tiny, crumbly pieces (if there are a couple larger chunks, that's ok).
- Add the chia seed, oat, and milk mixture to the crumbly fruit and use a rubber spatula to carefully push the fruit from the sides and roughly mix to the center of the bowl. Pulse, or blend on low, once more.
- Add the Greek yogurt to the blender or food processor and use the same rubber spatula to carefully push any fruit stuck on the sides of the bowl down to the center. Blend on LOW, pushing down the fruit from the sides if needed, until a thick and creamy smoothie is formed.
- If needed, add additional Greek yogurt or milk to the smoothie, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
- Immediately remove smoothie from the blender or food processor into a bowl and top with desired fruit, nuts, or seeds.
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