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Tropical Smoothie Bowl – Naturally Sweet with Awesome Toppings

This tropical smoothie bowl is bursting with flavors. It’s cold, deliciously creamy and just plain fun to eat. I love recipes where I have control over the flavors and this mango smoothie bowl is all about that. I’ve created a thick and creamy base for you to build your tropical fruit bowl with. What more could you want from a plant-powered snack?

overhead photo of 2 tropical smoothie bowls decorated with a variety of fresh fruit and some flowers

Smoothie bowls are a fun way to change up the daily smoothie routine. They are thicker so you can use a spoon, and you have the freedom to go wild with toppings! If you’ve got a little extra time on your hands and are ready for a beautiful snack then this tropical smoothie bowl is for you.

2 coconut bowls filled with a mango smoothie bowl recipe

Ingredients in a Tropical Smoothie Bowl

This bowl is super simple to make with only three base ingredients. I often add in a handful of leafy greens or a plant-based protein powder to add in extra fiber, nutrients, protein and healthy fats. This is the base of my tropical smoothie bowl:

  • Fresh Orange: This fruit serves as a liquid AND a fruit… win-win!
  • Frozen Strawberries: Frozen fruit helps make a smoothie bowl thick and creamy. You can freeze fresh strawberries or grab some already frozen ones.
  • Frozen Mango: I sometimes snack on frozen mango chunks; they’re just so good! They also add extra creaminess + sweetness in a mildly flavorful way.

This simple base sets the stage for a whole host of toppings, and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you.

Mango Smoothie Bowl Toppings

Here’s where the fun starts. Once you’ve poured and scooped out the contents of your blender it’s time to start the topping party. This is what I used to top my tropical smoothie bowl yet you can use granola, seeds, nuts and whatever else you want for your own.

Blueberries Kiwi
Raspberries Pineapple
Coconut flakes Edible flowers
Strawberries Mango

Coconut Bowls

photo of 2 smoothie bowls and a recipe book called Simple Green Smoothies

If I’m gonna go all out on a smoothie bowl then I need a great vessel from which to enjoy it. I love using coconut bowls to complete the beachy vibes this fun recipe gives. They are easy to fill and deep enough to hold a thick smoothie with a whole lot of toppings! What bowls do you use for your smoothie snacks?

How to make Tropical Smoothie Bowls

  1. Pick a Base
    You can use any smoothie recipe as your base, yet the key is making sure it’s thick enough. I like to use ½ cup liquid (either coconut water or blending a whole orange will give you this). Then I’ll add 1 cup frozen fruit. Peaches, mango, pineapple are staples in my house. You’ll need to use your blenders’ “tamper” to push the ingredients into the blade. When making a thick smoothie, it takes more work on your end (but it’s so worth it!).
  2. Pick your Toppings
    I’m all about variety when it comes to flavors and textures. So I like to use a mixture of kiwi, mango, granola, coconut flakes and berries. Yet there’s no right or wrong way to do this— just pick whole food ingredients that you enjoy.
  3. Balanced Bowls
    To make sure you’re getting a balanced nutrition, try to include one healthy fat + 1 source of protein. This can be added to your base or as a topping. Seeds, avocado, plant-based protein power, coconut flakes, etc are all options.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl FAQs

How do you make a smoothie bowl?

Easy! My tropical smoothie bowl uses a fresh orange along with frozen strawberries and frozen mango, blended into a thick and scoopable ‘smoothie.’ It should be too thick to drink through a straw, about the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You may need to scrape down the sides of your blender a few times in order to get it smooth.

How to turn a smoothie into a smoothie bowl?

Start by adding just ¼ cup of liquid from whatever smoothie recipe you’re using and blend the ingredients. It will be thick and you may need to shut off the blender to scrape down the sides a few times for a good result. If you’ve got a high-powered blender then just use the tamp that comes with the blender.

What ingredients are in a tropical smoothie bowl?

My tropical smoothie bowl uses orange, mango and strawberries as the base. Once that is blended until smooth, I scoop it into a bowl then top with kiwi, mango, pineapple, coconut flakes and fresh berries.

colorful photo of a fruity snack recipe topped with fresh fruit
overhead photo of a tropical smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and flowers

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

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Indulge a little with this plant-based tropical smoothie bowl. It’s loaded with fresh fruits to nourish your body and hydrate your skin. With only three main ingredients, you can top however you want and enjoy!

Total Time5 minutes

Servings1

Ingredients

  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries (frozen)
  • ½ cup mango (frozen )
  • ¼ cup water (optional)
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

Topping Suggestions

  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • coconut flakes
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • granola

Instructions

  • Place orange in blender followed by the frozen strawberries and mango.

  • Blend, stopping to scrape down sides, until smooth. Feel free to add water to help it blend, yet you want it to be thick. The texture should be similar to soft serve ice cream.

  • Transfer to a bowl and top with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Nutrition information does not include fruit and other toppings, only the smoothie bowl itself.
  • If you want to lower the natural sugar from fruits in this bowl, add leafy greens or plant-based protein powder to up the fiber, protein and healthy fats.
  • The toppings listed above are suggestions, feel free to top how you want. I love using fresh fruit, edible flowers, granola, nuts and seeds and more. 

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 180kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 706mg (20%) Fiber: 9g (38%) Sugar: 34g (38%) Vitamin A: 1213IU (24%) Vitamin C: 227mg (275%) Calcium: 98mg (10%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

3 photos of different smoothie bowl recipes include a chocolate one, a strawberry one and an apple one.

More Smoothie Bowl Recipes

While I may not be able to make a smoothie bowl on the daily, I do love a good treat every now and again. Here are my go-to bowls to enjoy:

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