Getting Instagram Ready: How to Create An Eye-Catching Smoothie Bowl

You’ve seen them all over Instagram! They’re hefty bowls filled with colorful concoctions, topped with fun-shaped fruit, and sometimes even edible glitter.

Some ingredients you may have heard of by now are chia pudding, dragonfruit, vegan powders, and nicecream.

But just how do you put it all together? And what exactly is the colorful substance that holds all the toppings anyway?

Well, lucky for you, I’ve developed an easy to follow template that fits every possible smoothie bowl out there! Use this guide, and don’t forget to take pretty pictures for Instagram!

Smoothie Bowl Template

 Jennifer Mendez, Freelance, Smoothie Bowls

Step 1: Creating The Base

Smoothie bowls may look complicated to make, but it’s mainly just time consuming. The more you do it, the easier and faster the process becomes.

For starters, simply blend frozen fruit with vegan milk (almond or soy) and presto!

The objective for the smoothie bowl is a nice smooth consistency that’s capable of holding a variety of toppings. A good ratio is 1.5 cups almond/soy milk for every 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.

Step 2: Adding Your Own Spin

Now that you’ve created your base, it’s time to elevate things. To get an idea, take a look at these three examples:


Credit: Matcha.Blue and

There’s different color variations, including several colors in a single bowl, a solid pop of color, and glitter. Whatever you decide to do, or come up with, is up to you! There are plenty of vegan-friendly options out there that make bowls stand out, while simultaneously providing nutritional value.

Think of it as food coloring, without having to resort to those horrible food dyes you find in the baking aisle. Gross!

For ingredients, check the extra resources below!

Step 3: Toppings

Now that you’ve chosen extra additions to add to your base, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Fruit is king for vegans and other healthy eaters everywhere, and smoothie bowls are all about celebrating it.

Some common fruit choices include…

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Dragonfruit
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Blackberries

Other toppings include…

  • Chia seeds
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Pomergranate Seeds
  • Chocolate

Whatever combination you choose, make sure to focus on design. The key is to make it look gorgeous! Chia seeds are often laid out to form lines, as are chocolate shavings and shredded coconut. Berries displayed in clusters look gorgeous, while slices of mango or banana can overlap and hug the side of the bowl all the way around.

One account that I absolutely love, and that inspires a lot of my own smoothie bowls, is smothiebowls on Instagram. Take a look at some of their creations:
Smoothiebowls, Instagram

Extra Resources:

Need more ingredients? Don’t we all! Here are some of my favorites:

And hey, I actually don’t know where to find glitter for smoothie bowls yet! Anyone want to help a girl out?