This cranberry smoothie bowl is packed full of cranberries, mixed berries, bananas, almond milk and topped with coconut, chia seeds and nuts. It’s healthy, delicious and the perfect holiday rush breakfast.
I used to be one of those people who totally talked smack about smoothie bowls. I would look at them online and think to myself “Why would you ever put a smoothie in a bowl? What is wrong with people? Why is this a thing?” Then I made myself an apple pie smoothie bowl and I learned that I was wrong and smoothie bowls totally rock. I mean I still feel like a sellout that I gave into the fad but seriously there is nothing better than a delicious smoothie topped with all. the. toppings.
In this case the toppings are dried coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and dried cranberries. I also happen to think granola would be a pretty bomb topping too.
I will say this cranberry smoothie bowl is just a little on the tart side but using fresh cranberries will do that to a recipe. That’s why I threw in a little Truvia brown sugar blend for just a little dash of sweetness.
The other great thing about a smoothie bowl is that you can change just about anything you desire. Don’t like almond milk? It’s cool – use coconut milk. Not a fan of chia seeds? Try using flax seeds. That’s what makes smoothies (in general) pretty freaking awesome.
Also can we talk about the color of this smoothie? How gorgeous is that? I was blown away with the pretty color of this smoothie. I think because in my normal quick smoothies I throw in some sort of green vegetable and it always makes my smoothie turn the color of sludge. I mean I love the nutrition kale and spinach brings to a smoothie but the color – not so much.
So bust out that blender (I really love my Vitamix for this. It breaks down all the ingredients so it makes the smoothie super smooth) add all the ingredients and get to blending! I should let you know I used fresh cranberries that I froze in this recipe. By using frozen fruits it helps the smoothie come out super cold. If you use fresh cranberries (that were not frozen) you can add in a little ice to make the mixture super cold. You will probably have to add a little more almond milk to smooth it out but it’s worth it for an ice cold smoothie.
Am I right?
Cranberry Smoothie Bowl
This cranberry smoothie bowl is packed full of cranberries, mixed berries, bananas, almond milk and topped with coconut, chia seeds and nuts. It's healthy, delicious and the perfect holiday rush breakfast.
Yield: 2 smoothie bowls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
For smoothie bowl:
- 2 cups almond milk (more may be needed)
- 1-1/2 cups fresh frozen cranberries
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 teaspoon Truvia brown sugar blend (more if desired)
- 1/4 cup dried coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
In a high powered blender (I used my Vitamix) add almond milk, frozen cranberries, mixed berries, banana and Truvia brown sugar blends to the mixer.
Start off blending your mixture slowly and once it starts to break up slowly blend faster until the mixture is completely smooth. if the mixture is too thick add in a little more almond milk until you have reached desired consistency. If the smoothie is not sweet enough add a little more Truvia and blend until you have reached your desired sweetness level.
Pour your smoothie into 2 bowls and top with desired toppings.
Add half the coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and chia seeds to the top of each smoothie bowl.