Tropical Smoothie Bowl

This Tropical Smoothie Bowl tastes, feels, looks and smells just like a creamy ice cream (or sorbet) and totally makes you feel like you’re on holiday! It is packed full of nutrients and contains no added sugar – a much healthier alternative to typical ice cream in my opinion.

two bright orange smoothie bowls next to each other in coconut bowls topped with chia seeds, sliced banana, frozen mango and blueberries next to a large papaya on a cracked, grey-white stone table

What I love even more about smoothie bowls is the vast array of toppings you can decorate them with. With so many sprinkles and sauces out there, a smoothie bowl never gets boring!

top view close up shot of bright orange frozen nice cream smoothie bowl in coconut bowl topped with chia pudding, frozen blueberries, sliced banana and frozen mango chunks held up by hands with another smoothie bowl next to a papaya on a cracked grey-white stone surface

Questions about Smoothie Bowls

How to make a smoothie bowl? A smoothie bowl simply involves adding fruit to a blender with a dash of liquid and blitzing into a puree or liquid. Sprinkles and toppings can be added if preferred afterwards.

Do I need frozen fruit to make a smoothie bowl? It is not necessary to use frozen fruit to make a smoothie bowl, but if you prefer the consistency of ice cream or a sorbet then frozen fruits are the best choice. Also bear in mind that in a blender the contents may heat slightly so adding some frozen fruit or ice would make it a more desirable temperature when consuming.

Are smoothie bowls healthy? Smoothie bowls are packed full of vitamins and minerals and can be a great part of a healthy diet. However, fruit sugars are no longer inside the cell structure of the fruit and can be damaging to teeth. When compared to whole fruit, the smoothie version gives a quicker release of sugar (glucose) in the body, hence some groups of people such as those with diabetes should be aware of this. A better option is to combine a mixture of fruits and vegetables in the smoothie to keep sugar levels at bay.

Are smoothie bowls good for you? Smoothie bowls are indeed nourishing, and if they taste like ice cream, they are the perfect alternative to other desserts!

Can I use any fruit in a smoothie bowl? Soft fruits tend to make a more creamy smoothie bowl, but generally speaking, any fruit can be added. However, I tend to keep the base of frozen bananas, avocado, papaya or something similar to give an overall creamy textue.

Can you make smoothie bowls the night before? Smoothie bowls taste best when fresh as the texture is more like ice cream and the nutrient level tends to be greater the fresher it is. Preparing it the night before means the texture will be more like a creamy liquid and some environment-sensitive nutrients may escape.


Serving size:

Serves 1


  • 1 small banana frozen
  • 1 tangerine frozen
  • 4 chunks pineapple frozen
  • ¼ large papaya frozen
  • ½ mango frozen
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles: granola, frozen berries, chopped fresh mango, coconut, sliced banana, chia pudding etc


  1. Throw everything except the sprinkles into a food processor and blend, scraping down the sides every so often, until an ice cream-like texture is achieved with no visible bits of fruit fibres etc.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with toppings and sauces as desired.

Made this Recipe?

If you had a go at this Tropical Smoothie Bowl please feel free to give me a shout on Instagram at @foodflaneur  – would love to see your pics!

If you like smoothie bowls…

You should definitely give this recipe a try:

No Nice Cream Smoothie Bowl

Big Thanks to…

Minimalist Baker for my food inspo. You can find their recipe here: https://minimalistbaker.com/favorite-smoothie-bowl-5-minutes/.

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