This quick and easy chocolate covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl will have you thinking you’re eating dessert for breakfast. It’s creamy and thick and made quickly and easily in a blender. Don’t forget the toppings!
Just like my Chocolate Chia Pudding, this good-for-you breakfast bowl tastes decadent and could even double as a dessert. It comes together in under 5 minutes and you can customize the toppings to your liking.
You’re going to love this dairy-free chocolate covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Strawberries ~ Frozen strawberries are needed to get a thick, creamy consistency. Do not use fresh.
To change the flavor of this easy smoothie bowl, you can use frozen blueberries, frozen peaches, frozen raspberries, etc. instead of strawberries.
If you have fresh strawberries, try my Chocolate Mixed Berry Smoothie!
Milk ~ Any unsweetened, plain variety of non-dairy milk will work. I tend to use almond or oat milk because they’re always on my plant-based grocery list.
Nut butter ~ A spoonful of nut butter helps to thicken the strawberry smoothie bowl and adds protein and healthy fats.
I like cashew butter because it has a naturally sweet flavor, but peanut butter or almond butter will also work. You could also use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.
Oats ~ Old-fashioned rolled oats add fiber, protein, and good carbs to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Gluten free? Be sure to check labels and choose certified gluten-free oats.
Dates ~ Dates are full of nutrients and are a great way to add natural sweetness to a recipe.
Make sure you remove the pits from the dates before adding them to your recipe. It’s a good idea to check them even if you buy pitted dates because there are often fragments left behind.
Extras ~ Other great options to add even more nutrients: flax seeds, hemp seeds, vegan protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, or superfood powders (use code VeggieInspired for 15% off!). You can even add a handful of leafy greens like fresh spinach or baby kale.
You see those beautiful little curls of dark chocolate? Yeah, those aren’t optional. Without them, we would just have a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl instead of a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie bowl. Either way, you have one tasty breakfast bowl!
A vegetable peeler and a good quality dark chocolate bar is all you need to make those cute little chocolate curls. Chocolate chips would work fine in a pinch as well.
I’ve also opted for fresh strawberries, coconut flakes, and sliced almonds along with the chocolate.
Other delicious topping ideas: sliced banana, toasted cashews, granola, hemp seeds, etc.
How to make the recipe
If you can make a smoothie, you can make a smoothie bowl.
If you like your smoothies on the thinner side, you may want to thicken it up it for bowl status. Using less liquid will accomplish this, but I like to add thickeners that add extra nutrients, like rolled oats, nut butters or chia seeds.
Simply place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a bowl and add the toppings of your choice.
Storage and freezing
This vegan strawberry smoothie bowl recipe makes enough for one serving.
It’s easily doubled though, so if you should have leftovers, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for a couple days. Store any toppings separately.
You can also freeze the smoothie bowl. Transfer it to a freezer safe container or plastic bag for up to 3 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
Pro tips and tricks
~ Use a high speed blender to get a perfectly smooth consistency.
~ Use frozen fruit in the base of your smoothie bowl.
~ Add healthy thickeners, like nuts, nut butter, flax or chia seeds, and/or oats.
~ Sweeten it up naturally with bananas or dates.
~ Don’t forget to remove the pits from the dates! Check them even if you buy pitted dates because sometimes there are fragments left behind.
~ Add toppings! Fresh fruit, nuts or seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate shavings or chips, cacao nibs, sprinkle of cinnamon, or a drizzle of pure maple syrup are all good choices.
~ Use a vegetable peeler on the side of a bar of dark chocolate to create gorgeous chocolate curls.
Smoothie bowls are essentially super thick smoothies that you can eat with a spoon. They are served in a bowl with added toppings.
There really isn’t much difference except the vessel you serve it in – glass vs. bowl – and the utensil you use to get it in your mouth – straw vs. spoon. (Is a straw considered a utensil? We’ll just say it is). Smoothie bowls also tend to be thicker than traditional smoothies.
What really makes a smoothie bowl different from a smoothie are the toppings! The added flavors and textures that garnishes bring make it feel more like a meal than a traditional sippable smoothie does.
I definitely recommend using frozen fruit! Frozen fruit will thicken the recipe better than fresh fruit. Frozen fruit also acts as the ice, making it cold and frosty like any good smoothie (bowl or not) should be, without watering it down.
Fresh fruit, of course, can be added as part of the toppings.
It depends. They certainly can be healthy if you choose nutritious ingredients, but some recipes are nothing more than glorified ice cream. Choose wisely, especially if you’re eating it for breakfast.
This dairy-free Strawberry Smoothie Bowl has protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also, gluten free, oil free, and sugar free – sweetened only with fruit.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
- shaved dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- sliced almonds
- fresh strawberries halved
- coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- Place all the ingredients for the smoothie in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl and add toppings of your choice.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.