My Go-To Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

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Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Calories
475

My Go-to Easy Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl – made with bananas, dark cherries and creamy almond butter. This quick smoothie bowl is high in protein, fiber and absolutely luscious. Add your favorite toppings for one epic breakfast or post workout snack!

cherry almond smoothie bowl recipe

My Go-to Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies are my jam. I have one EVERY single day. It’s a great way to get that extra protein and fiber in. Plus they are packed full of nutrients. And let’s be honest, they are delicious.

I don’t discriminate on flavor. I love a good classic strawberry banana, or green smoothie but also will devour a mocha smoothie that has a hint of coffee in it. Today, we are making one of my favorites – a simple Cherry Almond Smoothie but transforming it into an Epic Smoothie Bowl.

Even though there are lots of different smoothie flavors to make. The one item that stays consistent in all my smoothies is the use of protein powder. I don’t make a smoothie without it. And when you find a good one like Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder, you stick with it. 

Bob’s Red Mill is honestly my go-to when it comes to nutrient dense products. They literally have everything you can think of and can satisfy all vegan, paleo, and gluten-free needs! Which is why they are my go to. Oh and did I mention you won’t have any issues finding their product because they are stocked in most major grocery stores. BOOM!

ingredients for cherry almond smoothie bowl

Ingredients you’ll need for this Smoothie Bowl:

You won’t need much to make this smoothie bowl come together! In fact, most of the items you probably already have in the freezer or pantry. 

  • Cherries: I used frozen dark cherries for this recipe so I didn’t have to deal with pitting them. However, if you wanted to use fresh that’s fine. Just note your smoothie bowl will not be chilled with fresh cherries.
  • Banana: You’ll need half of a banana for this recipe. Frozen or fresh will do.
  • Almond Butter: Just one tablespoon of almond butter makes this smoothie creamy with a slight hint of almond you’ll love.
  • Milk: Choose your favorite liquid.  I stuck with unsweetened almond milk to stay with the almond theme. However, you could use regular milk, coconut milk or oat milk if you’d like.
  • Ice: Adding just a little big of ice helps thicken the smoothie up and keeps it nice and cold.
  • Protein Powder: Find a protein powder you love, and never let it go! I live to stick with vanilla for this cherry almond smoothie bowl. However, chocolate protein powder might work here too.
  • Toppings: This is where you get to be creative. Add whatever your little heart desires. More on topping ideas below.

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How to Make a smoothie bowl?

A smoothie bowl is essentially a smoothie eaten from a bowl with a spoon. They are typically thicker than smoothies and decorated with fresh fruits, nuts or seeds as toppings. What’s awesome, is they are packed with nutrients and can come together in minutes. Literally, you just throw everything into a blender and you’re done. Here’s how to make this Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl:

  1. Add Ingredients to Blender: To a blender add 1/2 banana, frozen cherries, Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder, almond milk and ice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a Bowl.
  3. Toppings: Finish with all your favorite toppings. Serve with a spoon.

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How to make a thick smoothie bowl?

Want a thicker smoothie bowl? No problem. Here are a few tricks to getting that thick smoothie.

  1. Use frozen fruit instead of fresh. I try to have a stash of frozen bananas in the freezer at all times.
  2. Add ice cubes. Crushed or cubed will help thicken up your smoothie.
  3. Use less liquid. This should be a no brainer, using more frozen ingredients and less liquid will create that thick “ice cream” like texture.
  4. Frozen Liquid. Stay with me here. Instead of using 1/2 cup of almond milk. You could freeze half of it in ice cube trays. So you’d use 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup frozen almond milk as a thickener for smoothie bowls.

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Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings 

Now, this is where you really get to make your bowl shine! The toppings not only make your bowl pop visually but they also add so much on the flavor front as well. The first place to start when it comes to smoothie bowl toppings is to include whole or chopped up forms of the ingredients you use in the smoothie itself. So, for instance, you could use chopped up fresh cherries or bananas with this smoothie bowl because both are used in the smoothie part itself. Make sense? If you’re still at a loss, here are some of our favorite smoothie bowl toppings.

  • Nut Butters: a drizzle or dollop of nut butter goes a long way
  • Seeds: I love to drizzle some chia seeds, hemp seeds or even quinoa sometimes on top of my smoothie bowl for a little texture and adds nutrition
  • Granola: This is my go to, when in doubt. Granola! It adds crunch, flavor and nutrients. Bobs Red Mill Honey Oat Granola is one of our favorites!
  • Fresh Fruit: You can never go wrong with fresh fruit, berries and bananas are my go to. But you could also add mango, fig, cherries, kiwi or even pomegranate for a fun pop of flavor.
  • Chocolate: I mean, let’s be real. You can’t go wrong with chocolate. On occasion I’m known to add a few mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs.
  • Nuts: Some of my favorite nuts to add that I feel pair well are pecans, pepitas, almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts. All unsalted of course.
  • Coconut: You could use raw shaved coconut or toasted coconut for a delicious toasted flavor.

Other Smoothie Recipes I know you’ll love:

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** ** This recipe is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Joyful Healthy Eats.”

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Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 5 minutes
  • yield Yield: 1 smoothie bowl 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Blender
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My Go-to Easy Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl – made with bananas, dark cherries and creamy almond butter. This quick smoothie bowl is high in protein, fiber and absolutely luscious. Add your favorite toppings for one epic breakfast or post workout snack!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 2 scoops Bobs Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes

Toppings:

  • Sliced Banana
  • Fresh Cherries
  • Bobs Red Mill Granola
  • Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. To a blender add banana, frozen cherries, Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder, almond milk and ice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add to a bowl.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings. Serve with a spoon.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie bowl (no toppings)
  • Calories: 475
  • Sugar: 45 g
  • Sodium: 311 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 91 g
  • Fiber: 16 g
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: smoothie bowl recipe, smoothie bowl, how to make a smoothie bowl, smoothie bowl toppings

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Krista
Hi! I'm the recipe developer and food photographer behind all these easy healthy recipes! I love food, Jesus, morning lattes, and am obsessed with fantasy football!

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2 Responses
  1. Griff Neilson

    My sweet tooth has been calling me lately so I thought I would give this a try and it was amazing! The best thing about the smoothie in my opinion is that is popped with flavor but it did not go over the top like many other recipes I have tried so well done! I coach many sugar addicts and I like to wean them onto whole food sources so I think I will have them try this. Thank you for the sweet healthy treat! 🙂

    1. Krista

      Hi Griff! Thank you for the 5 Star Review! I love finding whole foods that can be a sweet treat without having tons of sugar! Can’t wait for you to try some of the other treat recipes!

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