This healthy and fresh blueberry zucchini smoothie bowl is the perfect summertime breakfast to help you get your veggies in!Jump to Recipe
This is the summer smoothie bowl I cannot stop making. I have made it nearly everyday for almost a month and am still not sick of it. It is so fresh, so creamy, and so full of delicious summer flavors. It legitimately tastes like ice cream yet packs an unbelievable amount of veggie-rich nutrients in first thing in the morning. You might be wondering, “zucchini, in a smoothie?” To that I say, TRUST THE PROCESS. I know frozen cauliflower is all the rage in smoothies right now, and I do enjoy that on occasion. However, I find frozen zucchini creates a smoother and creamier texture in smoothie bowls that is far superior to cauliflower. Don’t you worry, I have you covered on the super easy process of steaming and freezing zucchini for smoothies.
Frozen Banana- This may be an unpopular opinion, but smoothie bowls without banana are just not the same. It feels like something is missing, ya feel?
Frozen Zucchini- Adds volume to create that super thick and creamy smoothie bowl texture we all love. As an added bonus, it is also a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 and is a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients.
Frozen Blueberries- I like regular or wild blueberries for this recipe. You could also experiment with other types of berries (raspberries or blackberries would be fun) or cherries.
Neutral Nut or Seed Butter- This is flexible and customizable based on your tastes, but my favorites in this particular smoothie are salted almond butter or sunflower seed butter. My favorite nut butters are from Trader Joe’s and Wild Friends!
Almond Milk- Just to get things moving in the blender. Depending on how strong your blender is, you will likely need between ½-1 cup. You could sub any unsweetened milk of choice or even water here.
Protein of Choice- I love a good plant-based vanilla protein powder or collagen (sometimes both) in this smoothie bowl, but a half cup of Greek yogurt would also do nicely.
Greens- These are optional, but sometimes I’ll add a small handful of baby spinach just to really pack in my veggies at the beginning of the day.
Toppings- The sky is the limit. Granola and coconut flakes are my favorite, but you could also add more blueberries or some sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, another drizzle of nut butter, hemp seeds, sliced almonds, etc. Whatever you fancy!
Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Smoothie Bowl
- If you have a weaker blender, blend any greens and milk together first for at least 30 seconds. This is not a tip I can take credit for, as I heard it first from the wonderful Liz Moody (you should check out her many delectable smoothie recipes on her site and Instagram as well!).
- If you’re planning to add greens, I find it to be most helpful to put them at the bottom of my blender first before any other ingredients to ensure they are well incorporated versus splattered all over the sides of my blender.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed to be sure everything is well-blended (we do not like a chunky smoothie bowl!).
- Generally, it is best to start with less milk and add a little bit at a time until you reach desired consistency (we also do not like a super runny smoothie bowl!).
I hope you super enjoy this nourishing and delicious Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie Bowl and I can convert you to my zucchini smoothie way of life. If you do, be sure to leave a rating and review! This helps little blogs like mine show up on Google and encourages others to give the recipe a try. It would truly mean a lot to me.
Other Great Breakfast Ideas:
- Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Vegan Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats
- Birthday Cake Overnight Oats
- Vegan Tahini Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Healthy Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie Bowl
- ½ large frozen banana
- 1 cup steamed and frozen zucchini
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp neutral nut or seed butter (I like salted sunflower seed or almond butter)
- ½-1 cup unsweetened milk of choice (almond or oat milk are great)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
- small handful of baby spinach optional
- ¼-⅓ cup granola
- 1-2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1-2 tbsp hemp or pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp additional nut or seed butter
- additional blueberries or strawberries
- sliced banana
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for at least one minute or until well-combined. Depending on the quality of your blender, you may need to use a rubber or silicone spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender and blend for another 30 seconds-1 minute (more tips on how to make a great smoothie bowl in post!).
- Pour into a large bowl, add desired toppings, and serve immediately.
- To keep vegan: use plant-based milk and protein powder.
- To keep nut-free: Use nut-free milk and sunflower seed butter or tahini.
Photography by Hope Agresti