Mango Smoothie Bowl | This refreshing tropical mango smoothie bowl with banana and coconut is a great way to start your day. This smoothie bowl is made with frozen mango and banana and coconut milk for a creamy, sweet, and filling breakfast. Garnish with your favorite toppings like extra fresh fruit, granola, nuts, or coconut flakes.
What's the fuss with smoothies bowls?
A smoothie bowl is basically a thicker version of a smoothie - so thick you can eat it with a spoon instead of drinking it with a straw.
This makes it feel more like a meal and the thicker consistency allows you to top the smoothie bowl with a variety of toppings, like more fresh fruit, nuts, or seeds.
For this thick mango smoothie bowl, I top it with more mango chunks and some shredded coconut plus chia seeds. All the toppings help make it look more like a meal but also contribute towards the nutrition and help you feel full. Chia seeds are full of fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats.
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How do you make a really thick smoothie bowl?
To make a really thick smoothie bowl you need to use frozen fruit and very little liquid as well as a high-powered blender. Blenders without as much power will have trouble crushing the frozen fruit with limited amounts of liquid.
What toppings can you use on a smoothie bowl?
You can use whatever toppings you like on a smoothie bowl. I like using ingredients similar to those in the smoothie. Some ideas are:
- fresh fruit like banana slices or blueberries
- dried fruit like raisins
- whole, or chopped nuts
- seeds like pumpkin seeds or chia seeds
- nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter
- granola or toasted oats
About the ingredients for this recipe. See the recipe card below for exact amounts.
- Frozen mango chunks: I buy this bagged at my grocery because it's a super easy way to get flavorful fruit for smoothies or smoothie bowls. You can freeze fresh mango chunks overnight.
- Frozen banana slices: Whenever I buy bananas, I peel, chop and flash freeze half of them immediately. You can also buy bags of frozen banana slices.
- Coconut milk: It's important to use full-fat canned coconut milk for this smoothie bowl for the ultimate thick and creamy consistency. I also use a bit of cold water because using more than a cup of coconut milk was a bit of an overwhelming flavor.
- Garnishes: These are optional but make your bowl look pretty and also add texture and nutrition. You can garnish your smoothie bowl with anything you like but my favorite things are using some of the fruit from the smoothie bowl, like mango chunks and bananas. Because this mango smoothie bowl has coconut milk, I also use shredded coconut to garnish. I also like using my homemade granola, nuts like sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
RECIPE TIP: Flash freeze means freezing ingredients like banana slices flat in a single layer so they don't stick together. Once frozen, the banana slices can be bagged and you don't have to worry about a big frozen banana ball in your freezer.
- prepare any optional garnishes first, like sliced bananas
Add the frozen mango chunks to the blender jar.
Add the frozen banana slices.
Add the coconut milk and the water.
Blend the ingredients. You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides.
Blend the ingredients until completely smooth.
This will yield a super thick consistency. Pour into 2 bowls.
Smooth the top out with the back of a spoon.
Top the bowl with your preferred toppings and then serve right away.
Remember, if your blender isn't super powerful it may take longer and a touch more liquid to blend a thick smoothie bowl. Keep stopping and scraping down the sides, adding small amounts of water until blended.
How to make a thick smoothie bowl
- Use a high-powered blender such as the Ninja Kitchen System Blender.
- Use frozen fruit.
- Use a limited amount of liquid.
✔ This mango smooth bowl recipe is vegetarian and vegan.
✔ Don't like bananas? The bananas help make this smoothie bowl creamy and sweet. Try adding more mango instead or another frozen fruit.
I use my Ninja Kitchen System Blender, it blends everything super smooth.
For the best texture, smoothie bowls are best made as needed. Because of the frozen fruit, this mango smoothie bowl starts melting once it's poured.
More recipes with mango
Yes, mango smoothie bowls can be part of a healthy diet. For this smoothie bowl, you could use less coconut milk and more water to lower the fat. This smoothie has fiber and protein. Sugar is naturally occurring in fruit and I don't view it as harmful. Healthy looks different to everyone.
This mango smoothie bowl contains frozen mango, frozen banana, and coconut milk, and each serving is 374 calories.
Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 2 cups frozen mango
- 1 frozen sliced banana
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- ½ cup cold water (add more tablespoon by tablespoon)
- coconut, mango chunks and chia seeds (to garnish, optional)
- Add the frozen mango, frozen banana, coconut milk and the water to a blender jug.
- Blend until completley smooth, stopping and scraping down the sides if needed.If not using a high-powered blender, you may need extra liquid. Add cold water a tablespoon or two at a time until the smoothie bowl blends.
- Pour smoothie in a bowl and garnish as you like. For this smoothie bowl, I added mango chunks, shredded coconut, and chia seeds.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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