Kathy Patalsky’s Tips for Creating the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
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Smoothie bowls are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth at any time of the day – especially during the hot summer months! We are obsessed with creating unique recipes that are personalized with different ingredients. While the options are endless, we have been following these top 8 tips for creating the perfect smoothie bowl, thanks to Kathy Patalsky, our guest contributor and blogger at Healthy. Happy. Life.


Maximize Frozen Fruit

Want the frostiest, creamiest, thickest smoothie/blender ice cream bowl ever? You need to add as much frozen fruit as possible and as little liquid as possible in order to blend. Using a high speed blender like a Vitamix or a food processor is a must for a very thick blend.

My usual go-to frozen fruit items for smoothie bowls:

  • frozen bananas (“frozen” means when they are black-speckled and ripe)
  • frozen watermelon
  • frozen acai
  • frozen dragon fruit
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen mango

….and so on


Prep Fresh Fruit Toppings Before You Blend.

A smoothie bowl is a delicate thing and will start to melt the minute you pour it into its serving bowl. So having your fresh fruit, nuts, seed toppings pre-prepped will have you diving your spoon into that frosty-deliciousness faster, allowing for more time eating a frosty cold smoothie bowl.


Making it Colourful.

As a general rule, I add at least three different toppings to my smoothie bowl, to serve. These can range from fresh banana slices to chopped Brazil nuts, sliced peaches, whole blueberries and so forth… Adding at least two fresh fruit ingredients with different colours will ensure your smoothie bowl is colourful upon serving. And more Instagrammable… If you are into that sort of thing.


Serving Utensils.

Smoothie bowls are delicate creatures. They have character and charm. Whimsy and cheerful. So whatever you use to devour your bowl should match up and have a little smoothie bowl personality of its own. I love wooden spoons, tiny silver spoons with etched designs on the spoon face or stem, or even tiny disposable wooden ice cream tasting spoons can be fun if you are serving your bowls with friends or taking them outside.


The Perfect Serving Bowl.

Finding the perfect smoothie bowl can be a challenge and is a very important step in your smoothie bowl success process. Having a few go-to smoothie bowls will make your smoothie preparation a lot easier.


The Toppings.

Here are my favourite smoothie bowl toppings to add:

  • Sliced Natural Delights Medjool dates
  • Seeds (hemp, pumpkin, flax, chia)
  • Sliced banana
  • Cacao nibs or dark chocolate shavings
  • Sliced tree fruit (peaches, apricots, plums)
  • Diced apple or pear
  • Dried coconut
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans)
  • Softened nut butter, swirled over the top
  • Berries
  • Citrus fruit slices


Keep Things Cool

Frozen Fruit Surprise: If you have a serious melting problem due to high climate temperatures, line your serving bowl with a layer of frozen fruit or even non-dairy milk or coconut water ice cubes. This will really help keep your smoothie bowl frosty while you eat.

Freezer Bowl: If you are using a glass or “chillable” bowl, place it in the freezer for a few minutes or longer, before you add your smoothie goodies. This will help keep everything chilled and frosty while you eat.



Some of my favourite superfood add-ins to blend into my smoothie include:

Natural Delights Guest Blogger - Kathy Patalsky

Kathy from Healthy. Happy. Life. is a top vegan food blogger. Her blog reaches millions of vegan-curious individuals, each seeking delicious, cravable, fun, inspiring, plant-based recipes and vegan lifestyle advice.In 2013, Kathy released 365 Vegan Smoothies and in 2015, her wildly successful Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen cookbook was published. Find out more about Kathy at www.HealthyHappyLife.com!