Topped with crunchy honeyed almonds, this Gloriously Green Smoothie Bowl is just what you need to start the morning off right. It’s light, filling and with ingredients like spinach, berries and honey, it’s full of nutrients too.
This post is sponsored by BeeMaid Honey Limited. I have been compensated to sponsor this recipe but -as always- all opinions are my own.
One of my favourite things to do is to start my day with a nourishing, high nutrient breakfast. Knowing that I fueled my body the way it deserves makes me feel like I can handle whatever the day has to throw at me.
Of course, mornings don’t always leave a lot of time for breakfast prep, which is why I love this green smoothie bowl!
I love to keep a container of honeyed almonds around, which means putting this healthy smoothie bowl together is as simple as pulling the other ingredients from the fridge and freezer, and pressing blend!
I intentionally chose the most high quality, nutritious ingredients possible when I made this healthy green smoothie, like a perfectly ripe avocado and delicious berries.
I opted for BeeMaid Honey for my natural sweetener and it made me think about the role honey and bees play in the agriculture industry – especially right now, in the spring, as the air warms and flowers begin to bloom.
Did you know that honeybees love red raspberries and low bush blueberries?! It’s fitting that both are in this smoothie as they are two of fruit trees that bees love to pollinate.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Almonds – Sliced almonds are great for topping smoothie bowls but you can also make whole honeyed almonds too if you don’t have sliced almonds around.
- Coconut oil – You can also substitute vegetable oil.
- BeeMaid Honey – This honey is used in both the honeyed almonds and to add sweetness to the green smoothie.
- Cinnamon – A dash of flavour to compliment the honey.
- Kosher salt – a flavour enhancer.
- Bananas – The base of this healthy breakfast smoothie and the key thickener for this smoothie bowl. Frozen bananas work best.
- Avocado – Avocado helps make the smoothie, well, smooth. Plus it adds a whole bunch of health benefits.
- Baby Spinach – Baby spinach adds the “green” in a green smoothie.
- Greek yogurt – Opt for your favourite plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt for a dollop of protein on top of your breakfast smoothie bowl.
- Orange Juice – Orange juice acts as the only liquid in this recipe. It compliments the berries and other ingredients much better than milk or water.
How To Make A Green Smoothie Bowl
Preheat oven to 300°F. Toss the almonds, oil, honey and cinnamon together until almonds are coated. Spread on a parchment lined sheet pan and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once halfway through, remove and let cool.
Blend all the smoothie ingredients in a blender until smooth and divide between 2 bowls.
Top each bowl evenly with the fresh fruit and some of the honeyed almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and a drizzle of honey.
This recipe makes four bowls for quick and easy breakfast before a day at work or school. But if you only need 1 or two bowls you can easily adjust the recipe by cutting the ingredient amounts in half.
TIP: You can double the honeyed almond recipe and eat as a snack anytime or use it to top ice cream, yogurt or oatmeal.
Store in a container on the counter with a tight-fitting lid.
How to keep frozen bananas from browning
Bananas will naturally brown as they ripen and this browning process happens quickly when bananas are frozen. To keep your bananas from turning brown in the freezer peel them first before storing them. When the cells of the banana peel get cold they begin to breakdown. This cellular breakdown causes oxidation resulting in the production of melanin causing the peel to brown.
What is a Smoothie Bowl?
Smoothie bowls are one of the latest healthy breakfast trends. They are essentially a thick smoothie, usually with a base of yogurt and frozen fruit, which is then topped with anything from granola and seeds to more fruit. They’re eaten with a spoon out of a bowl instead of drank from a cup like a typical smoothie.
Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?
For the most part, smoothie bowls are healthy. As with anything else, it depends on what you add to your smoothie bowl. In the case of this Gloriously Green Smoothie Bowl, you are definitely looking at a healthy start to your morning and that is the case with most smoothie bowls loaded with fruit and greens. You can even increase the health benefits by adding things like chia seeds to the top.
How To Make A Smoothie Bowl Thick
The secret to a thick smoothie bowl is using frozen fruit. Frozen fruit allows a creamy, thicker texture than room temperature fruit. You’ll also want to use minimal liquid for the thickest smoothie bowl. You can also add in things like chia seeds, flax seeds or oats that will absorb some of the liquid.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Smoothie bowl topping ideas are endless! Anything you would add to a smoothie, you can add to a smoothie bowl. Below are a few of my favourites:
- Honeyed almonds or other nuts
- Chia, flax or other seeds
- Sliced fruits
- A drizzle of honey or agave
- Sliced coconut
- Chocolate shavings
Can You Make Smoothie Bowls Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can absolutely make your smoothie bowl ahead of time! You will want to keep the toppings separate. You have two options when it comes to storing a smoothie bowl.
First, you can simply store it in an airtight container in the fridge. However, just be aware that you will end up with a more liquid smoothie and you’ll want to mix it well before adding the toppings.
The second option is to store your make ahead smoothie bowl in the freezer. This is my preferred method as I like the texture of frozen fruit better. Just leave it out of the fridge for 10 minutes, add the toppings and you’re good to go.
Is Honey Healthy?
Yes! Honey is a great natural sugar with loads of health benefits. I love using honey as my go-to natural sweetener when I’m baking. I’m particular to BeeMaid honey because I know it’s Canadian made and has no fillers or add-ins, like other honeys you may grab from the shelf.
In addition to being a natural sweetener, honey is actually a great source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, as well as carbohydrates. It may actually help with muscle recovery after a workout and provide natural energy!
This Gloriously Green Breakfast Smoothie Bowl is perfect for an after workout meal!
Gloriously Green Smoothie Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Small Bowl
- Paring knife
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp BeeMaid honey
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 2 frozen bananas broken in half
- 1 avocado peel and pitted
- 2 cup baby spinach loosely packed
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup BeeMaid honey
- 1/2 cup strawberries sliced
- 1/2 cup grapes sliced
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 tsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Toss the almonds, oil, honey and cinnamon together until the almonds are coated.
- Spread the coated almonds on a parchment lined sheet pan and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once halfway through and let cool.
- Blend all the smoothie ingredients in a blender until smooth and divide between 4 bowls.
- Top each bowl evenly with the fresh fruit and some of the honeyed almonds, a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and a drizzle of honey.
- You can double the honeyed almond recipe to snack on any time. Store in a container in a dry place with a tight-fitting lid. Nutrition for this recipe includes the use of only 1/2 of the honeyed almonds.
- This recipe can be cut in half to make 2 bowls instead of 4.