This super easy vegan peanut butter smoothie bowl is nutritious, creamy and quick to prepare. All you need is 6-ingredients, 10 minutes and a blender. It’s healthy enough to be breakfast and delicious enough to be dessert! Who doesn’t want a reason to have dessert for breakfast?
Perfect for the spring and summer months when you crave something refreshing and simple to enjoy. The toppings you can use are endless, and it’s a great recipe to keep on hand when you need something easy and delicious to throw together.
Keep some bananas in the freezer, and you can whip this up in no time!
What’s in this vegan smoothie bowl?
All you need is a handful of ingredients to make the smoothie bowl, and then top it off with whatever you like! You’ll need:
- Frozen bananas
- Peanut butter
- Plant milk
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
- Vanilla extract
The toppings I chose balance out the flavours, add some texture and brighten it up.
- Coconut flakes
- Cacao nibs
And then, to decorate, I added some dried calendula petals and tips of mint leaves.
How do you make this smoothie bowl?
I’ll give you a quick rundown as the full written recipe below.
Add the chopped frozen bananas, peanut butter, chia seeds, plant milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt to your high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until you reach a smooth, creamy and soft-serve consistency.
You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times between blends to ensure that your blades catch everything and make it silky smooth.
Distribute the mixture between two bowls and add toppings of choice.
This recipe is best enjoyed within an hour of making it. Keep it in the fridge if you don’t eat it straight away.
Tips for making a banana peanut butter smoothie bowl
Even though this recipe is straightforward, here are a few tips and tricks to get the best results every time.
- You’ll need either a food processor or a high-speed blender. Either will work fine. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may need to add 1-2 tablespoons more of plant milk. Just keep in mind that the consistency may not be as thick. There’s no need to add extra liquid if you’re using a food processor.
- If you add too much milk, it will be turned into a smoothie that you can drink out of a glass. This is an excellent option if you need something on the go!
- You can swap out the peanut butter for whatever nut butter you have on hand. It will alter the flavour of the smoothie bowl, but you do you.
- Ripe spotted bananas are best. So next time you have some sitting around and wondering what to do with them, move over banana bread, this will be your new favourite way to use them!
- To make it a high-protein smoothie bowl, add your favourite protein powder and some drizzled peanut butter at the end.
How to freeze bananas for easy use
It may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning the best way to prepare bananas for freezing. As I mentioned above, ripe spotted bananas are best for freezing.
Simply peel them and slice them. This will help your blender catch onto the pieces easier and produce a nice cream quicker. What is nice cream, you ask? It’s essentially creating a smooth and thick soft-serve ice cream from frozen bananas!
Add the sliced bananas to a zip lock bag and flatten them to be in a single file. Push all the excess air out of the bag before sealing. Place it in the freezer overnight, and you’re ready to go!
Tip: Next time you see ripe bananas on sale, grab a few bunches and freeze them. It’s a great way to save money and get bananas that are ideal for recipes like this one!
Besides the toppings and decorations already listed here (raspberries, coconut chips, dried calendula petals, mint and cacao nibs), others will also work great. Here are some options:
- Granola (try this sugar-free one or the chocolate one in this breakfast parfait recipe)
- Fruits like bananas, apples, pears, pomegranate
- Other berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries
- Chocolate chips
- Seeds like hemp, chia, sunflower or pepitas
- Nuts like almonds, brazil, cashews, pecans
- Drizzle with maple or date syrup for added sweetness
- Dried fruits like dates, goji berries, apricots, figs
- Dried flowers
I could go on and on, but you get the point.
So if you’re after a great breakfast, mid-morning or afternoon snack or a more substantial dessert that tastes like peanut butter ice cream, give this recipe a try!
Other delicious recipes you’ll love:
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Cashew Cream
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Coffee Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait
- Jumbo Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Sugar-Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Granola (Gluten Free)