Last summer my daughter attended a drop off camp that wasn’t quite long enough for me to run home from and happened to be next to a delicious organic real food restaurant. Each week I was excited to go and devour their creamy green smoothie bowl.
Recently I went back and they had changed the menu. My beloved smoothie bowl was now completely different and full of BANANAS! 🙁 I’m usually not picky like my toddler but when it comes to bananas I kind of am. Bananas in smoothies are a big NO for me!
I knew I had to come up with a banana free smoothie bowl of my own!
A little of this…some of that, maybe a dash more liquid and a whirl in the blender later I think I figured it out! I knew I had a winner when my skeptical husband licked the bowl clean and declared, “that was REALLY good!”
Creamy Smoothie Bowl Without Bananas
Frozen bananas are a staple in smoothies and smoothie bowls. They give it a thick, creamy texture. But to me, they also overpower all the other flavors. I’ve found the addition of avocado and almond butter give this smoothie bowl the perfect consistency and the flavors all intermingle so well nothing stands out.
Creamy Green Smoothie Bowl without Banana
Yield 2 bowls
This filling green smoothie bowl is free of banana but still rich and creamy. Easy to keep Paleo, Keto or Whole30 compliant it's the perfect breakfast for any healthy diet.
- 1 c. Frozen mango
- 1 Avocado
- 3/4 cup Coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 1/2 cup Coconut cream
- 1 cup fresh Greens (Kale, swiss chard, arugula, spinach)
- 1/4 cup Almond or Sun Butter
- 2 tbsp Hempseeds
- 1 tbsp Flaxseeds
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean powder
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Maple Syrup or 1 soaked whole Date (if not Whole30)
- Chia Seeds
- Paleo granola
- Raspberries or blackberries if keto
- Pumpkin seeds
- Coconut Flakes
- Sliced almonds
- Place all the ingredients for the smoothie bowl in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Add more milk if needed to get the desired consistency.
- Top with your favorite toppings.
- I find vanilla bean powder on Amazon but if you can't or just don't have it on hand and want this smoothie bowl right away you can use vanilla extract or just leave it out.
- Organic Girl Super Greens make throwing this recipe together easy, but really any greens you have on hand will work.
Can you Have Smoothie Bowls on the Whole30?
If you have followed a Whole30 diet you probably know smoothies aren’t highly recommended. But for me, this smoothie bowl works.
With the addition of avocado, almond/sun butter and using coconut milk/cream this is a hearty smoothie bowl. It keeps me full all morning and it’s not overly sweet. Plus we all could use a break from eggs in the morning every once in a while.
Best Smoothie Bowl Options
When it comes to breakfast I like to keep things simple. For weeks I will eat the same breakfast every day. The beauty of this recipe is its versatility with a few simple swaps. I like to change it up with the toppings.
I love berries but they spoil so quickly. Frozen berries are sweeter and never wasted in my house. I try and remember to defrost them the night before but frozen on the bowl are just as delicious.
We always have nuts on hand as well. Pumpkin seeds have quickly become a favorite of mine and they are a nutritional powerhouse. Same goes for chia seeds, I really can’t get enough of them plus they help make the bowl more filling.
Don’t just go off what I prefer. Make this bowl your own! I listed all the toppings I’ve enjoyed but I’d love to hear what smoothie bowl toppings you have tried in the comments!