This vibrant blue smoothie bowl is made with blue spirulina powder, frozen banana, cauliflower and Greek yogurt. It’s thick, creamy and refreshing!
I’ve got another thick and creamy smoothie bowl for you today! This one is packed with nutrients and has a beautiful vibrant blue color thanks to blue spirulina powder (also known as blue majik powder).
This blue smoothie bowl is also packed with 35 grams of protein making for a healthy breakfast or post-workout snack.
Spirulina is a powder that is derived from blue-green algae. The powder can either be green or blue (as used in this recipe). Green spirulina powder comes from chlorophyll and blue spirulina powder comes from phycocyanin found in the algae.
It’s a powerful superfood that not only adds a vibrant blue pigment to food, but it’s considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. Here are some impressive health benefits of spirulina (source):
One Tablespoon contains about 4 grams of protein and has a good amount of vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron
Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Can help boost the immune system
It has anti-cancer properties
Can help to increase energy
Can help control blood sugar levels
The high levels of beta-carotene can help improve digestion
frozenbanana – the frozen banana helps thicken the smoothie and adds a little sweetness. Check out my post on how to freeze bananas for tips and tricks!
frozen cauliflower – frozen cauliflower helps to make a thick smoothie bowl that’s extra creamy. And it does this without making your whole smoothie taste like cauliflower or adding a ton of sugar. Frozen riced cauliflower or frozen cauliflower florets will work here, but I prefer to use riced cauliflower because it blends up easily and quickly. Most grocery stores now carry riced cauliflower in the freezer section but you can easily make your own cauliflower rice and freeze it as well.
Greek yogurt – adds more protein to this smoothie. I used full-fat Greek yogurt, but any type of yogurt will work. Just be mindful of flavored yogurt because it tends to have a lot of added sugar.
blue spirulina powder – also known as blue majik. Blue spirulina powder has a more neutral taste than green spirulina (no fishy taste), so you can receive all the health benefits without the algae taste. I used this Terrasoul blue spirulina powder.
vanilla extract – adds a touch of vanilla flavor to the smoothie bowl.
almond milk – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk but coconut milk, oat milk or really any non-dairy or dairy milk will work here. Here’s how to make homemade almond milk.
toppings – feel free to get creative here, but my go-to toppings are: kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, coconut chips, granola and blackberries.
How to Make a Blue Smoothie Bowl
I love smoothies because they come together so quickly! And this smoothie bowl is no different.
Add almond milk to your blender followed by the banana, cauliflower, protein powder, blue spirulina powder and vanilla.
Blend until smooth, using your blender’s tamper to move the frozen banana and cauliflower around until processed completely with no remaining chunks.
Add in more almond milk a little at a time, if needed until you reach your desired thickness.
Scoop or pour your smoothie into a bowl, top with desired toppings and enjoy!
How simple is that?!
Okay, this is the fun part and the options are truly endless here! Get creative with your smoothie bowl toppings. Here are some of my go-to toppings:
banana – banana slices are the best smoothie bowl topping if you love bananas.
kiwi – kiwi is so pretty on top of this bowl. Use slices or get fancy and make a kiwi flower.
berries – I like using a combination of fresh blackberries and blueberries to keep with the blue theme, but strawberries and/or raspberries would also be delicious.