This Low-Carb Smoothie Bowl with fresh strawberries is a delicious, creamy treat that’s ready in just 5 minutes! It’s great for a healthy start to your morning or as a sweet afternoon snack.
Many smoothie bowls may seem healthy, but actually pack in a lot of extra sugar and high-carb ingredients. It’s easy to get carried away with fruit and toppings.
But a low-carb smoothie bowl is totally possible with a few simple ingredient switches! This strawberry smoothie bowl recipe is 100% diabetes-friendly, amazingly-creamy, and tastes absolutely delicious.
Best of all, it’s ready in the time it takes to blend the ingredients together… so, in other words, super quickly!
The thick, creamy texture is made with low-carb ingredients like almond milk, coconut oil, and crushed ice. They come together to make a rich base, and the strawberries give the whole thing a natural sweetness and gorgeous pink hue!
I enjoy drinking smoothies as a snack, but I think smoothie bowls are a much better choice for an actual meal. The combination of eating the smoothie with a spoon instead of drinking it plus chewing the toppings makes it feel more satisfying, even if the caloric value is exactly the same.
Keep reading to see how easily you can make a delicious, healthy smoothie bowl!
How to make a low-carb smoothie bowl
This recipe is as simple as blending together the ingredients and then adding your toppings of choice!
Step 1: Put the ice cubes in a blender and allow them to sit for 5 minutes. You want them to melt slightly so the blender has some traction.
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth, creamy, and light pink.
Step 3: Transfer to a bowl and garnish with desired toppings.
That’s it! I like to top mine with fresh strawberries, coconut flakes, and cocoa nibs for a delicious bowl that gives me a satisfying crunch.
Choosing your toppings
When it comes to toppings for your smoothie bowl, the sky is the limit! …but I do recommend trying to keep it relatively low carb to avoid blood sugar spikes.
Strawberries and chocolate are a classic combination, which is why I like adding cacao nibs to my bowl. You could also add sugar-free chocolate chips or even shaved sugar-free chocolate.
Chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts add a satisfying crunch as well as some healthy fats. I recommend toasting the nuts in a pan for 2 minutes to deepen the flavor and give them a rich aroma, but this is totally optional.
Sprinkling on hemp hearts or chia seeds is another great way to add protein and fiber to your meal.
There are so many amazing low-carb toppings out there, don’t be afraid to get creative and find the perfect smoothie bowl for you!
Getting the perfect texture
This recipe is very simple to make, but I do have a few tips for getting the best texture possible.
First, I strongly recommend using crushed ice. If you put solid ice cubes into the blender, they will jump around and take forever to blend completely with the remaining ingredients. To crush your ice beforehand, use an ice crusher or put the ice cubes into the blender for 5 minutes before blending.
If you want to substitute other berries or fruit in place of the strawberries, be sure to keep the proportions the same. You want to use 2 oz. of fruit to achieve the correct consistency.
This smoothie bowl is best served immediately. Storing it in the freezer will turn it into a lump of ice, but storing in the refrigerator will make it melt.
If you want to prep a bit in advance, you can put all the fresh ingredients in a sealable freezer bag. Then, when you’re ready to make your smoothie, just empty the bag into the blender!
Other healthy smoothie recipes
I don’t think you can ever have too many tasty smoothie recipes! Here are a few more I know you’ll enjoy:
You can also check out this roundup of my favorite low-carb smoothies for diabetics for even more great inspiration!
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Low-Carb Smoothie Bowl with Berries
- Put the ice cubes in a blender and allow them to sit for 5 minutes. You want them to melt slightly so the blender has some traction.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth, creamy, and light pink.
- Transfer to a bowl and garnish with desired toppings.