Smoothie and iced tea has been my favourite drinks since Summer started. It helps cool off the heat, and depending on how you make it, it can be somewhat healthy. I like my smoothie thick and creamy, but when I want it extra thick with toppings that I love to eat, I make it into a smoothie bowl. This Strawberry 🍓 Banana 🍌 Smoothie Bowl is something that always makes me smile, and happy.
Difference between Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie is more of a drink where you can use a straw, or drink on its own. It has a lighter, more liquidy consistency which makes it more drinkable. It is quite light to the point that if you put anything on top, diced fruits or granola, it will sink slowly if not immediately. Most of the time, it is served in a glass or mug or any beverage cup.
Smoothie Bowl on the other hand has a thicker consistency. In fact, most of the time, you use a spoon to eat it and only maybe a straw to sip it while it starts to melt. It is usually served in a bowl, and has toppings on it. The likes of sliced fruits, granola, nuts and seeds. It is thick enough for the toppings to stay on top and not sink.
Although the base ingredients for smoothie and smoothie bowl is almost the same, the difference is in the proportions. For a Smoothie bowl to be thick, it uses less liquid. I’ve read some recipe even use rolled oats and chia seed to get a thicker blend. But based on my experience, the key thing among others is using frozen main ingredients, and that is the fruit, and sometimes some frozen yogurt too. This on top of using less liquid guarantees a thick stable smoothie bowl.
You can get by using a simple blender, but a high powered heavy duty blender works best because of the thick consistency and less liquid.
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is one of the first variation that I made. I often have frozen Strawberry and Banana during summer on stand by for my morning or snack smoothie. This is a vegan version, using homemade cashew milk and store-bough Almond yogurt. I had it sweetened with a simple sugar syrup . You don’t have to do vegan if you don’t have dairy free milk or yogurt. Use a regular full fat milk and yogurt, it works as good, maybe even better? I’ve made this quite a few times both ways and I cannot complain with both of them.
Tips for a Creamy Thick Smoothie
This smoothie is so easy to make, it’s so creamy, so delicious and so refreshing. Here’s a few tips to guarantee a delicious creamy smoothie
- Frozen Fruits – this is key to making a smooth and creamy smoothie. Frozen fruits makes the smoothie creamy and smooth and will not require use of crashed ice. This makes the smooth pure of fruits and less water from ice. Have the fruit in the freezer at least overnight.
- No Ice Please– When you use frozen fruits, that already eliminates the need to use ice.
- Use as Less Liquid as Possible – Liquid is needed to help blend the ingredients, but adding too much could end up having a runny consistency.
- 2/3 cup Non Dairy Milk (Any milk will work)
- 1 medium frozen Banana
- 1/2 cup frozen Strawberry – diced
- 3 tablespoon frozen Yogurt
- 2 tablespoon Sugar Syrup (can be substituted with sweetener of your choice)
- 2 tablespoon Granola
- 1 teaspoon Shredded Coconut
- sliced Banana
- 1/2 teaspoon Chia Seed
Simple Sugar Syrup
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup granulated Sugar
How to Make Simple Syrup
Making simple syrup is super easy and a great way to sweeten cold beverages. Follow the ratio, depending on the thickness of consistency, follow the same instruction
- Simple Sugar Syrup Ratio – 1:1 (1 cup sugar , 1 cup water)
- Rich Sugar Syrup Ratio – 2:1 (2 cups sugar, 1 cup water)
- Heat the water: Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot, but do not bring to a boil.
- Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
- Cool and store: Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using or storing. Using a funnel if needed, transfer the simple syrup into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The syrup will thicken as it cools so it is very important to let it cool to get a thick syrup consistency.
- Add milk, sugar syrup, yogurt, Banana and Strawberry in a blender. Make sure to add the milk first so that it blends easily. Blend until smooth and thick If needed, stir manually from time to time to help move some of the bits and pieces or fruits that may have gotten stuck. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired.
- Transfer in a serving glass and garnish with toppings of your choice.
- Cut the Strawberry in small pieces and arrange in a baking tray. Freeze overnight. Smaller pieces blends better. makes the process easier
- .Use liquid sweetener, it dissolves and mix better. Using granulated sugar often leaves I dissolved sugar granules
- ALWAYS use frozen fruits
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