Let me just start out by saying that this wasn’t completely my original idea. The recipe and method for execution is original but my inspiration for this Unicorn Smoothie Bowl comes from an adorable brunch restaurant in Amsterdam called Pluk.
I saw their rendition of a smoothie bowl and was so excited to recreate my own. It was maybe the cutest smoothie bowl I’d ever seen.
But let’s start from the beginning.
Smoothies have always been health food since we realized we could jam tons of nutrients into a drink. But it wasn’t until 2015 when we realized we could blend it thicker, place it in a bowl, and feel like we are eating guilt free ice cream.
What Makes this Unicorn Smoothie Bowl So Great?
The toppings! It’s abstract I know, but the granola and berries make up the mane, the bananas are the ears, the lemon slice is the horn, and the chia seeds are the eyes. The original design had a ice cream cone for the horn but I couldn’t find vegan ones and wanted this to be mostly fruit.
The base is actually my favorite part. It’s my pink smoothie recipe I made as a kid but veganized.
And you can totally up the pink factor by adding some beet powder or food coloring. I wanted a pale hue so I kept it natural.
All in all this is kind of ridiculous to make for yourself. I could see it being served at a restaurant for Instagram exposure, but it is a bit of work to do yourself.
But at the same time, it’s darn cute and would make such cute breakfast for a little girls slumber party or even a grown woman slumber party.
It’s healthy, cute, charming, delicious, and darling. Make this for the unicorn loving ladies in your life.
Unicorn Smoothie Bowl
makes: 1 bowl
- 1 banana
- 1/2 c raspberries or other pink berries
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 t liquid sweetener
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder *optional
- Toppings: lemon wedge, berries, granola, banana, chia seeds
- Place the banana, raspberries, sweetener, vanilla, and optional protein into a high speed blender.
- To make the eyes, use a round cutter to make a rounded edge on one side of a banana coin. Then cut slightly above that with the same cutter to make a nice “U” shape.
- Dip the banana eyes into chia seeds and place into the bowl.
- Make an inverse triangle with granola to form the mane. Top with berries and place the lemon wedge on top.
- Cut the banana on a bias and place as the ears of the unicorn.
- Garnish with edible flowers if you wanna be fancy.