This raspberry smoothie bowl is made with raspberry yogurt and frozen berries. It is bright, fresh, and topped with fresh fruit, crunchy granola and a drizzle of honey. Topping the smoothie bowl with granola provides extra protein, which keeps me full until lunch time.
With nothing other than yogurt and frozen berries, it is a great way to start the day, especially knowing that you’ve had a good-for-you breakfast. It helps me feel lighter with more energy in the morning, avoiding all the added sugar that often comes in cereal or other packaged, pre-made breakfasts.
When I am craving something other than yogurt and granola (my go-to weekday breakfast), I’ll switch it up with a giant raspberry smoothie bowl with tons of fresh fruit on top. It takes only a few minutes to put together and its totally doable on a weekday morning. This raspberry smoothie bowl tastes like dessert, sweet and tart from all the berries. It feels like a special treat on a vacation somewhere warm.
But the thing is, it’s so simple and made with all healthy ingredients. It can be enjoyed on just a regular day, making the day feel extra special (especially if you have a few minutes to yourself and a nice sunny window to sit next near).
Where to Buy Raspberry Yogurt
I prefer Trader Joe’s raspberry yogurt. I am pretty picky about yogurt, and this one (along with the Trader Joe’s vanilla) is my favorite. But of course, choose whatever raspberry yogurt that you know you already like.
This recipe calls for 1 cup each of frozen strawberries and frozen raspberries. I buy frozen berries at Trader Joe’s. Frozen berries are typically very high quality and because they are frozen you get that nice crunchy cool texture that you could only otherwise get by adding crushed ice. However, since you’re using frozen berries, you don’t need the ice, which when it warms up would dilute your smoothie.
The combination of the frozen berries (slightly warmed in the microwave so that they are not just frozen bricks) and the yogurt yields a creamy cool smoothie with the best texture.
Smoothie Bowl Servings
This makes enough for 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings. When I make this its enough for me to have a large serving and for the kids to each have an appropriate child sized serving. If making it just for yourself, use one 5.3oz cup of yogurt and ½ cup each of frozen raspberries and strawberries.
Granola: Homemade vs. Store Bought
I make homemade granola every 1-2 weeks. For the recipe, click here. We eat this granola almost every weekday and it keeps us full all morning and helps us to feel lighter and full of energy throughout the day. I really notice the difference if I have granola with a raspberry smoothie bowl or yogurt vs. store-bought cereal or granola. All the sugar from store bought cereal makes me feel sluggish.
You can certainly buy store bought granola to make life easier, but pay close attention to the ingredient labels. What is in it? How much sugar is in there?
I also notice a huge difference between eating a store-bought granola with added protein vs. eating homemade granola with the protein that comes from the oats, pumpkin seeds, and nuts. When eating store-bought granola with added protein I definitely feel very full right away, but it leaves me with this feeling of being "fake full". I much prefer protein from whole ingredients. It's more satisfying and longer lasting. But, realistically it's not always in the cards to be making your own granola every week. Our schedules get too full for that at times. When time allows, look around in the different grocery stores for the best (most whole ingredients, least additives) granola to add to your breakfast.
Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
- 2 5.3oz cups raspberry yogurt
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup granola (homemade or store bought)
- honey for drizzling optional
- In a blender add the raspberry yogurt.
- Separately in a small microwavable bowl add the frozen raspberries and frozen strawberries. Microwave for 1 minute at 10% power. This softens the berries slightly so that they are easier to blend up in the blender. Otherwise, you may get chunks of frozen berries in your smoothie, rather than a smooth consistency.
- Add to the frozen berries to the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary.
- Pour into bowls and top with sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and granola. Drizzle with honey. Enjoy while still cold.