I am so excited for spring and fresh summer berries. When I saw strawberries from Florida show up in my supermarket, I grabbed several cartons. You just can’t go wrong with fresh strawberries in strawberry bread, strawberry cake or strawberrysauce. But they’re excellent in gluten-free and healthier recipes like this Strawberry Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl, too.
About this Strawberry Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl:
Flavor: You’ll have strawberry flavor with a touch of honey as the main flavors. Chia seed pudding does not have a strong flavor, but rather complements other flavors of strawberry, honey and chocolate.
Texture: Thick chia pudding is has slight texture but is otherwise creamy and cool. It pairs well with the strawberry yogurt which is completely smooth. Chocolate chips and strawberries add texture, but nothing in this is “crunchy”, which my kids love.
How to Arrange A Smoothie Bowl
Of course, it isn’t necessary to create the two sides here like we show in the pictures, or the lines of toppings. Although we do usually eat with our eyes first!
On one side of the bowl, pour about ½ cup chia seed mixture. Use a silicone spatula to “hold” the chia mixture on one side of the bowl while pouring ½ cup of smoothie on the other side. Remove the spatula and the two sides will meet in the middle.
No matter how you arrange the bowl, the bright, beautiful color of the berries will make it look amazing. Smoothie bowls are so fun to get creative with.
Advance Prep for Smoothie Bowls
The best part about it is that most of the work is done the night before, just assemble and add the toppings in the morning. The chia seed mixture and strawberry yogurt will also last several days so you can meal prep in advance for the entire week.
Once you’ve tried making this smoothie bowl, you can use the same technique as your inspiration to create bowls with other fruits and toppings. There are endless flavors to explore.
Add mashed ripe bananas to the chia seed pudding, or you could add sliced bananas to the top of the bowl.
Add the milk, 2 tablespoons honey and chia seeds to a bowl. Blend with an immersion blender for one minute. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will set up to a thick pudding consistency.
In a separate bowl combine the yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 cup strawberries. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning assemble the smoothie bowls. On one side of the bowl, pour about ½ cup chia seed mixture. Use a silicone spatula to “hold” the chia mixture on one side of the bowl while pouring ½ cup of smoothie on the other side. Remove the spatula and the two sides will meet in the middle.
Top with chopped strawberries, chocolate chips and more chia seeds.
The honey can be reduced or increased according to taste. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more if needed. I used whole milk and whole milk yogurt.Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.The calories shown are based on the recipe making 4 bowls, with 1 serving being 1 bowl. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make this smoothie bowl dairy-free?
Yes! This and other smoothie bowl recipes can be made dairy-free by using a non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk.
Can I use Greek yogurt?
Yes. Any type of yogurt will work well.
Can I use frozen fruit?
Yes, you can use frozen fruit or fresh fruit in the yogurt part of this bowl. Since you are blending it, it won’t matter if they are a little soft. I recommend thawing the fruit and allowing any water/juice to drain off first. Try frozen blueberries, frozen banana or even raspberries.
Can I use vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt?
Yes but it will change the taste slightly. If you use already sweetened yogurt, you may want to lower the honey amount.
About Julie Clark
I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.