Cranberry Smoothie Bowl (vegan & keto options)

This cranberry smoothie bowl is a refreshing, delicious and healthy blend of fruit and yogurt that is the perfect way to start your day. Loaded with healthy ingredients, it's a smart make ahead healthy breakfast and makes a great Christmas smoothie bowl too!

This super easy smoothie bowl recipe uses only 5 simple ingredients – cranberries, bananas, yogurt, vanilla, and sweetener. Just blend and serve.

cranberry smoothie bowl

A healthy breakfast doesn't get any easier than that. It’s also a great way to up leftover (or enjoy discounted) cranberries from holiday baking and is of course a great way to get those little red nutritional powerhouses into your diet.

Cranberries of course have a tart flavor, but adding bananas and sweetener balances out the tartness of the cranberries to make a truly delicious treat.

What Is a Smoothie Bowl?

A smoothie bowl is kind of just what it sounds like--it's basically a smoothie poured into a bowl but then topped with your choice of optional toppings.

They are usually thicker than traditional smoothies and are eaten with a spoon instead of with a straw.

Here's how easy it is to make this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • Yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
  • Fresh or Frozen Bananas
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Vanilla
  • Salt (optional)
  • Coconut Milk or water (optional, as needed)
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Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in your blender.
  • Start at a low speed and increase, then blend on high 'til smooth.
  • Add coconut milk or water, as needed, if your mixture is too thick.
  • Pour into the bowls and serve with favorite toppings.
cranberry smoothie bowl

Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?

By definition, smoothie bowls are healthy since they are typically made with whole food ingredients, but you can make them even healthier by avoiding yogurt with added sugar, and adding nutrient dense foods.

Cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse. Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber and can benefit the digestive system, especially when less ripe. Honey (especially local raw honey) benefits the immune system. If you aren't avoiding dairy and use regular yogurt, this smoothie bowl is packed with protein as well.

Top your smoothie bowl with coconut flakes, chia seeds, almonds, and bananas, and you will have even more nutritional benefits.

Topping Options

cranberry smoothie bowl

There are so many healthy toppings you can choose for this smoothie bowl. I choose fresh banana (I prefer bananas on the green side for fewer carbs and more resistant starch), chia seeds, frozen cranberries, and shredded coconut (here's how to make your own shredded coconut if you'd like to give that a try).

Other great options that taste great and add extra nutritional benefits are:

  • hemp seeds
  • flax seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • slivered almond
  • fresh fruit (fresh berries, orange slices, grape halves, pomegranate arils, apple slices,...)

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit: You can use either fresh or frozen bananas / fresh or frozen cranberries. If you use frozen, your smoothie bowl will stay colder longer, but your mixture will also be more thick.
  • Prepping Tip: To save time, freeze the ingredients in a ziplock bag. Then simply dump them in your blender in the morning, and you'll have a nutritious breakfast at the ready in just seconds!
  • Sweetener options: use any sweetener you like. Raw honey is great for added nutritional value. Maple syrup adds another layer of flavor. Coconut sugar adds depth of flavor and a lower glycemic load. Stevia extract and other low-carb sweeteners like erythritol / monk blends, allulose etc., are great for keeping the carb count lower.
  • Yogurt Options: I typically, use coconut yogurt for this smoothie bowl since I don't eat much dairy, but plain greek yogurt is a great choice as well. If using coconut yogurt you might want to add some protein powder to increase the protein component of this dish.
  • Blender: I highly recommend a high powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec--Personally I love my Vitamix. It smoothies super smooth and breaks down cranberry skins completely.
cranberry smoothie bowl

Special Diet Options

Vegan: As written, this recipe is vegan. If using regular yogurt, then it is of course not dairy-free or vegan any longer.

Low-Carb / Keto: With the banana included, it's not a keto / low-carb recipe. However, if you use a low carb sweetener and a less ripe banana, the carbs will be greatly reduced. You can also substitute avocado for the banana for a truly low-carb / keto recipe, similar to this strawberry avocado smoothie.

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cranberry smoothie bowl

Cranberry Smoothie Bowl

This cranberry smoothie bowl recipe is a refreshing, delicious, and healthy blend of fruit and yogurt that is the perfect way to start your day.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: cranberry smoothie bowl
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 333kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 6 ounces unsweetened yogurt (organic preferred)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener, or to taste)
  • 1-2 fresh or frozen bananas
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut milk, if needed (water or any other milk can also be used)
  • dash of vanilla
  • dash of salt (optional)

Optional Toppings

  • frozen cranberries
  • fresh mixed berries
  • fresh banana slices
  • coconut flakes
  • chia seeds
  • sliced, slivered, or chopped almonds
  • granola

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding liquid at the end if needed.
  • Pour the smoothie into a bowl and garnish with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit: You can use either fresh or frozen bananas / fresh or frozen cranberries. If you use frozen, your smoothie bowl will stay colder longer, but your mixture will also be more thick.
  • Prepping Tip: To save time, freeze the ingredients in a ziplock bag. Then simply dump them in your blender in the morning, and you'll have a nutritious breakfast at the ready in just seconds!
  • Sweetener options: use any sweetener you like. Raw honey is great for added nutritional value. Maple syrup adds another layer of flavor. Coconut sugar adds depth of flavor and a lower glycemic load. Stevia extract and other low-carb sweeteners like erythritol / monk blends, allulose etc., are great for keeping the carb count lower.
  • Yogurt Options: I typically use coconut yogurt for this smoothie bowl since I don't eat much dairy, but plain greek yogurt is a great choice as well. If using coconut yogurt you might want to add some protein powder to increase the protein component of this dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 46g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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