Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl

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Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granolaI’ve done a lot of physical activity over the past few days, which as you know, is rather uncharacteristic.

First, I went to the Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert at MetLife Stadium. As much as I’d like to fangirl out right now, I recognize you’re probably not here to read about my obsession with Bey or my feelings about Jay-Z’s rumored infidelity. (But if you are, please contact me to discuss. I have a lot of thoughts.) All I’ll say is that it was the most amazing concert I’ve ever been to (times infinity), and I did my best dancing for 2½ hours.

It was a lot of cardio for a Friday night.

On Saturday, I went out to my bestie Fifi’s house on Long Island, and she suggested we go paddleboarding. Since I have zero upper body strength and pathetic swimming skills, I wasn’t exactly pumped about this idea. But I’m a good friend, and paddle boarding is trendy, so I reluctantly agreed.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-2Much to my surprise, I got the hang of the paddleboarding thing pretty quickly, and I was quite proud of myself. I’d even venture to describe the first 30 minutes as delightful. The sun was out, the wind was at my back, and my balance was remarkably on point. My arms weren’t even tired, and I started to think that maybe I had had underestimated my own strength. Whoop!

Unfortunately, things took a sudden and unexpected turn for the worst.

Paddling back to shore against the wind almost killed me. At a certain point (i.e. after my fourth fall), I sat down on my board and paddled furiously (making almost no headway), while wondering if it was possible for one’s arms to actually fall off. Fifi and our friend Alston somehow managed to get ridiculously far ahead of me, which was both embarrassing and terrifying on many levels.

I felt like Marky Mark in The Perfect Storm, alone and lost at sea. (Except wearing a life jacket and in the middle of a busy harbor.) Funnily enough, I kept thinking, “If I die out here, will Logan stay on The Dude Diet?”

And then a friendly boat rescued me and I was motored the last 200 yards to the dock. Crisis averted.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-3You’d think that shaking it at Beyoncé and extreme paddleboarding would be enough exercise for the month weekend, but no. Fifi also wanted to do Ladies’ Tennis Clinic on Sunday.

Dear God, WHY?!!

Luckily, I actually know how to play tennis, so that wasn’t so bad, but there was a lot of running, and I was VERY sweaty. Needless to say, I slept like a baby on Sunday night.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-4Based on my level of physical exertion this weekend, I imagined myself waking up on Monday morning looking like an SI Swimsuit model and feeling like Gwyneth. Shockingly, that didn’t happen. Everything was the same, except that I was (and still am) insanely sore. Like, an absurd amount of pain. I haven’t felt this way since varsity volleyball tryouts circa 2003.

Yes, I’m serious, and no, I didn’t make the team.

My poor body was clearly in need of a good stretch and some rejuvenating nourishment yesterday, which was delivered in the form of YouTube yoga and this big, beautiful Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-5Based on my internet research, I’m a little late to the smoothie bowl partay (as per usual), and all the cool nutrition/fitness gurus on Instagram have apparently been posting these bowls for months! I was unaware of this because I don’t follow any of those peeps. Too much #fitspo makes me feel anxious about my bi-monthly workout schedule. Sorry.

Anyhoo, I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the smoothie bowl movement, and I suggest you join me. The bandwagon is very nice, and it’s full of beautiful, healthy people.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the smoothie bowl, allow me to enlighten you…

It’s a smoothie.

In a bowl.


Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-6Just kidding, it’s way more exciting than that!

First of all, the smoothie portion is really thick, almost like soft ice cream, which is obviously awesome. Ice cream for breakfast is a win. More importantly, you can load it up with all kinds of fabulous toppings since you don’t have to worry about slurping it through a straw. Hallelujah.

The berry crunch smoothie bowl you’re looking at is a vegan revelation, friends. An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale (or spinach for ze kale haters), chia seeds, almond milk and agave, it’s sweet, creamy goodness that doesn’t taste offensively “green.” I promise.

And the toppings! I would happily crush a bowl of this super thick smoothie on its own, but the toppings are what make it so irresistible. I went to town on my bowl with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and banana, as well as chopped almonds, toasted coconut, a sprinkling of my favorite granola, and extra chia seeds. This combo was a badass blend of fresh flavor and crunch, but feel free to get creative with your add-ins. It’s part of the fun.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-7This smoothie bowl makes an unbelievably festive and satisfying breakfast or lunch, and you can easily half the recipe for a light, energizing snack. If you want to amp up the protein, just add a scoop of vegan protein powder or a couple tablespoons of almond/peanut butter into the mix. (I stand by my earlier feelings about combining greens and nut butter, but you do you.)

Get on board.

Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl: (Makes 1 large smoothie bowl)

1 cup chopped kale or baby spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1½ cups frozen mixed berries
½ frozen banana (Yes, you can use a regular banana, but then you may have to add some ice to your smoothie bowl.)
1-2 teaspoons light agave (depending on how sweet you like things)
Suggested Toppings:
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup blueberries
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut shavings, raw or toasted
¼ cup granola of your choice

Preparing your Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl:

-Place the kale or spinach, chia seeds, and milk in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. (This will ensure that you don’t have any gross, chewy greens in your smoothie bowl.)

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-step-1-Add the frozen mixed berries, banana and agave to the blender.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-step-2-Puree, scraping down the sides of the blender periodically, until relatively smooth. Don’t be crazy about getting it completely smooth, people. You won’t be drinking this through a straw, so a little texture is good!

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-step-3-Pour smoothie into a bowl.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-step-4-Garnish with toppings of your choice, and get after it.

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-9I like to make festive designs with my toppings because I like fancy things, but that’s obviously optional…

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-10But you should probably do it…

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granola-11Because pretty food is the best. Duh.

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  1. Sandra on January 18, 2018 at 5:02 am

    First blog post I’ve actually read, in years. You’re so funny, I could not stop reading (and lol-ing). So hey, smoothie bowl question. Do you think it’s possible to make the smoothie the night before, or will it be totally gross in the morning?
    For me, waking up early enough to make a smoothie AND eat it, will most likely be as challenging as your paddleboarding-against-the-wind-adventure. Except no one’s going to come rescue me with a boat… Because, obviously no boat would fit in my kitchen.

    • Serena Wolf on January 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Hahaha thank you! I’m honored to be your first blog post read in eons! Unfortunately, smoothie bowls are problematic to make ahead. They’ll freeze solid as a rock. However, you could freeze it in an ice cube tray and then just blend the cubes in the am! It doesnt save thaaaat much time, but at least you don’t have to gather/measure ingredients…

      • Sandra on January 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

        Cool idea, I think I might just try that, Spanks!

  2. Jenna Yoder on March 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Looks delicious! I was late to the smoothie bowl party as well, but I’m making up for it! I have been making them every morning for the last couple of moths! So good!

  3. Jonnie on March 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Hello – would you mind if I featured your smoothie bowl in a smoothie bowl round-up? I wanted to ask before I uploaded your image and linked back to your site. I love your recipes! Thanks for your response in advance!

    • Serena Wolf on March 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Of course, thanks so much for asking!

  4. SC_Chicago on April 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I should have listened more closely when it said do’t over blend. I had a smoothie bowl/slurp – but still tasty!

  5. Keli Dugger Vice on February 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    You are hilarious – thanks so much for the smiles this morning. I will now be reading you regularly. If not for the yummy looking smoothie bowl (which I’d never heard of, being woefully behind the fit people’s current crazes), then because I, too, am rigorously following a bi-monthly workout schedule.

    • Serena_Wolf on February 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Keli! So thrilled that you found the blog, and I’m glad we’re on the same wavelength re: workout schedules. Try the smoothie bowl. Eating it feels almost as virtuous as exercising, yet it’s significantly less miserable.

  6. Jill Zaricor on January 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Serena! I made this for lunch over the weekend and loved it! I’m trying to think of a way I could transport it to work for a weekday lunch. I was thinking maybe freezing it the night before and letting it thaw, any suggestions?

    • Serena_Wolf on February 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I 100% meant to respond to this, I swear! I’m sure you’ve already found a solution, but if not, I recommend freezing the smoothie in ice cube trays. Then you can put the cubes in a thermos/mason jar, let them thaw, and then shake everything up. For some reason, this keeps the smoothie tasting extra fresh. You can also freeze them in freezer safe containers (Ball makes plastic ones)! Just make sure you don’t fill the jar to the top with smoothie bc it will expand a little as it freezes.

  7. Cheryl ☯ on January 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Serena, is the recipe for 1 or 2 servings? It looks great and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Serena_Wolf on January 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Cheryl- The recipe will make 1 large smoothie bowl (but you could divide it into 2 smaller bowls for snacks/lighter meals)!

  8. ModestPrude on October 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    looks yummy, but no calories listed 🙁 I need calorie count on anything I eat/drink

    • Emily Faircloth on November 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

      You can google all the quantities and the ingredients, write it all down, add it up for yourself…just saying.

  9. Bianca Scartabello on October 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hello – would you mind if I featured your smoothie bowl in a smoothie bowl round-up? I wanted to ask before I uploaded your image and linked back to your site. I love your recipes! Thanks for your response in advance!

    • Serena_Wolf on October 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Of course, Bianca! Look forward to checking out the round-up!

  10. Tess Danesi on August 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I’m craving something cool and healthy right about now and have some kale that’s wilting and some frozen bananas, so I think this is going in the blender right about now. Thanks for yet another genius idea!

    • Serena_Wolf on August 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I’m hoping you loved this as much as I did! I need to work this into my breakfast rotation this week.

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