The first step to making a picture-worthy smoothie bowl is to make a delicious and colorful base smoothie. This isn’t going to be your typical smoothie, since it needs to be extra-thick. You want to eat it with a spoon, so you can’t add too much liquid.
Not only will you be using less liquid than you are used to, but a thickening agent is also needed. Here are some tips to follow when creating a thick, tasty smoothie to start the perfect smoothie bowl.
Less Liquid, More Thickener
To start with, you need to remember that you are using less liquid but more thickening ingredients. Proteins in particular will make it a thicker smoothie.
Remember, you are eating this smoothie out of a bowl, with a spoon, so it doesn’t need to be thin enough to get through a straw.
All your favorite smoothie recipes can still be used, but with this one important change. Whatever liquid you are using, use just a little at a time and only add more if needed to get the blender to mix up the ingredients properly.
Frozen Fruit Is A Must
Try to always use frozen fruit, or as much as possible. Frozen fruit replaces the ice you need in your smoothie while also helping to thicken it up.
If you use fresh fruit, it might turn to liquid more quickly when blended up. Most fruit is very easy to freeze simple by placing it in a container or freezer baggies. Fruit with peels should preferably be chopped and peeled before freezing.
If you have ever attempted to peel a banana while frozen, you understand why. Speaking of bananas, they freeze best when peeled and sliced into large pieces. Lay the slices out on a tray, freeze, then put into a bag or container to store.
Add More Ingredients As Needed
Remember that if your original smoothie base seems a bit too watery or not the right consistency, you can always add more to it and blend a little longer. This is a good reason to not fill up the blender all the way the first few times you attempt to make a smoothie bowl.
Use a nice, strong blender that can handle all the ingredients and frozen fruit without too much liquid inside. If your smoothie is water, add more frozen fruit, yogurt, protein powder, or acai powder to thicken it up nicely.
Use a Chilled Bowl
To finish off your smoothie bowl, try to put it in a chilled bowl. This keeps it cold and frosty without melting the ingredients too quickly before you can truly enjoy them. A good thing to do is place your bowl in the freezer when you start making the smoothie; it should be nice and cold by the time you’re done.
Starting with a thick, fruity base is important to creating the perfect smoothie bowl. Follow the tips above and you are on your way to success.