This tropical coconut smoothie bowl is an energizing breakfast recipe made with fresh fruit and real ingredients. The base is filled with mango and pineapple and it's thickened with coconut milk. Top this smoothie bowl with your favorite healthy ingredients like extra fresh fruit, chia seeds and granola!
What is everyone doing this weekend?! Are you headed out of town for a long weekend or catching up on some much needed girl time? Or are you like me with big baking plans ahead?!
I've been brainstorming all week some fun and new springtime recipes to test. On the menu I've got lemon angel food cake, vegan biscuits and roasted strawberry cobbler.
I'm also planning another smoothie bowl! What flavor smoothie bowl would you like to see? I'm thinking dragonfruit/pitaya. I've been day dreaming about that bright pink flavor and I am so eager to see how it turns out. I've also been toying with the idea of a green smoothie bowl featuring kale and pineapple. Any thoughts?!
Until then I'll share with you one of my all time favorites. This tropical coconut smoothie bowl! I name it that for a reason. Because it instantly transports you to the beach in the carribbean, looking out into the ocean with grains of sand in between your toes. The kind of beach day where you don't leave for hours and if you have to use the restroom you run to the ocean. Anyone else do that??
It's a great book in one hand and a giant tropical drink in the other. No worries in the world aside from what to get for dinner. Isn't island life the best?
If you can't live in island life at least you can be transported there for a brief moment of time! This tropical coconut smoothie bowl can make that happen.
How to make a coconut smoothie bowl
Keep in mind this smoothie bowl makes 2! So if you want to make this just for yourself I recommend cutting this in half. I like to share with my fiance, so I always make a bigger batch to feed two.
First, start with lots of frozen fruit. You're going to want 2 frozen bananas, frozen pineapple and frozen mango. I like to buy bananas and cut them into slices and put them in a freezer bag for when I need them. I typically buy the pre-frozen mango and pineapple because I find it to be easier.
They key to a good smoothie bowl is starting with frozen fruit. It's what creates a smooth and creamy texture! This tropical coconut smoothie bowl turns a gorgeous bright yellow color when all of the fruit is mixed together.
What kind of coconut to buy
The other ingredients added to this tropical coconut smoothie bowl are, you guessed it, coconut! I used canned coconut milk and a little bit of coconut extract to kick up the tropical flavor. If you can't find coconut extract you can omit it, but I included a link below for your reference!
Note, the coconut milk is not the liquid kind you get in the dairy aisle. It's the canned milk that you find in the baking aisle, usually next to the sweetened condensed milk. Shake the can really well before opening. You can store it in the fridge until your next smoothie bowl!
I also like to add a little bit of extra honey for sweetness. If you're vegan you can absolutely leave this ingredient out!
And then for the best part: the toppings! The toppings are what take this tropical coconut smoothie bowl to the next level. I recommend adding some additional fruit on top for some extra fun. And don't forget the crunchy toppings! They add an amazing texture to a smoothie bowl.
My go-to toppings tend to be granola and chia seeds. For this one I sprinkled chia seeds over the mango and vanilla almond granola over the banana.
If you want to add more you could add trail mix, dark chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and so much more. The smoothie bowl topping options are endless!
This healthy breakfast recipe can be made in under 5 minutes. It's one of the reasons I love it so much! I like to prep my bowls on the weekend to make it even faster.
How to prep it in advance
just throw all of the fruit in a bag in the freezer together and throw the contents in the blender in the morning when it's time to make your smoothie bowl. Add the few extra ingredients and wha-la, you have an instant healthy breakfast! Did I mention it's sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan?
Tropical Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango
- ½ cup coconut milk shaken
- 2 tablespoons honey omit for vegan option
- ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
- toppings: mango granola, chia seeds, cherries, other fruit,
- Add all ingredients aside from toppings in the blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until thick and smooth. If you don't have a high powered blender it may take a little longer.
- Pour into large bowl and add assorted toppings. Eat immediately.
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