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Tropical Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

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Say goodbye to expensive Mermaid smoothie bowls! With only 5 minutes of prep time, you can make your own beautiful Mermaid bowls with a secret ingredient: blue spirulina! So go ahead, make this Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl, you’ll be surprised how easy, affordable, and absolutely gorgeous this recipe is! Each recipe makes two servings of refreshing, nutritious, and delicious smoothie that makes for a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert! Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan, and Refined Sugar-Free.

As a native Indonesian, I grew up going to Bali (yes, THE Bali!!) about twice a year. With it only being an hour flight away from where we lived, Bali was surprisingly an affordable family vacation destination for us to go to – and we can’t seem to get enough of it! (Read my Top 5 Places To Visit In Indonesia for gorgeous pictures of this)

And if you haven’t been to Bali too, let me be the first to tell you that its culinary scene is one of the most vibrant and exciting I’ve ever seen! From local street vendors, to beautifully designed cafes, unique menu offerings, and emphasis on fresh ingredients, there’s really not much more you can ask for.

Each time I visit Bali, I always make it a goal to try at least one new meal. One of my more recent eats was the trendy gorgeous blue Smoothie Bowl by Peloton Supershop (a fully-vegan cafe in Canggu, Bali). While they call their signature blue smoothie “The Blue Island,” more and more people thought the color looked like the sea, so they started calling it the Mermaid Smoothie Bowl!

And the secret to its gorgeous blue hue? Blue Spirulina!

Is Blue Spirulina the Same as Green Spirulina?

The short answer is: no.

Blue spirulina is derived from a blue-green algae, called Arthrospira platensis (spirulina). Spirulina is typically a deep green color with a a slight blue pigment. In making blue spirulina, phycocyanin (the blue-hued antioxidant) is extracted from the “regular” spirulina, resulting in blue spirulina.

As a bonus to its gorgeous color, blue spirulina is a great source of vitamins, minerals, protein, carotenoids, and antioxidants!

What is the Difference Between a Smoothie and a Smoothie Bowl?

As smoothies are typically sipped through a straw, they are thinner in consistency compared to smoothie bowls, which usually use less liquid (milk, juice, yogurt, etc.) to yield a spoonable, ice cream-like consistency.

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How Much Does a Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl Cost?

Since my visit to Peloton Supershop in Bali, I’ve been loving Blue Spirulina Smoothies. But now that I live in the United States, I’ve found similar Smoothie Bowls with Blue Spirulina to cost anywhere from $7.50 to $12.50 per serving.

So I thought, “hey, why not make my own?” And here we are today with my all-time favorite, go-to Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie recipe!

The most expensive ingredient in this recipe is, you guessed it, the blue spirulina powder! That said, this blue spirulina powder costs $29.97 for a 60g pouch – which is enough to make our Mermaid Smoothie Bowl recipe 60 (yes, SIXTY!) times. That equals to a whopping 120 Blue Spirulina smoothie bowls, at just 25 cents worth of blue spirulina per smoothie bowl!

In total, after accounting for the cost of bananas, mango, milk, and honey (not including toppings), each Mermaid Smoothie Bowl costs less than $2!

Where Can I Buy Blue Spirulina Powder?

While it used to be a whole lot harder to get your hands on blue spirulina, there are now many online retailers and natural food stores that sell them today.

This is my favorite blue spirulina powder. It’s the most neutral tasting, and yields such a vibrant color!

Here are some other options you may consider:

Ingredients to Make Tropical Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • 1 ½ cups  frozen mango (or pineapples)
  • ½ tsp blue spirulina powder (I like this brand)
  • 1-2 cup(s) your choice of milk (I like this oat milk or this coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup , to drizzle
  • Toppings:
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How to Make Tropical Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

  1. In a high-speed blenderadd the banana, mangos or pineapple, blue spirulina powder, and 1 cup milk. Blend until combined and consistency is thick and smooth. If preferred, add more milk to thin the blue smoothie to your desired consistency.
  2. Divide the smoothie into a 2 bowls ( I used these coconut bowls ). Drizzle with honey or maple syrup, then top with your preferred toppings.

NOTE: I like to swirl my smoothie bowls with another kind of smoothie – like acai or pitaya smoothie!

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easy breakfast blue smoothie bowl with toppings spirulina coconut bowl spoon

Tropical Mermaid Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

DWELL by Michelle
Say goodbye to expensive Mermaid smoothie bowls! With only 5 minutes of prep time, you can make your own beautiful Mermaid bowls with a secret ingredient: blue spirulina! So go ahead, make this Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl, you'll be surprised how easy, affordable, and absolutely gorgeous this recipe is! Each recipe makes two servings of refreshing, nutritious, and delicious smoothie that makes for a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert! Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan, and Refined Sugar-Free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 377 kcal

Equipment

  • High-speed blender

Ingredients
  

Toppings

  • fruits (blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, pineapples)
  • chia seeds
  • granola
  • coconut flakes
  • goji berries
  • chopped nuts

Instructions
 

  • In a high-speed blender, add the banana, mangos or pineapple, blue spirulina powder, and 1 cup milk. Blend until combined and consistency is thick and smooth. If preferred, add more milk to thin the blue smoothie to your desired consistency.
  • Divide the smoothie into a 2 bowls ( I used these coconut bowls ). Drizzle with honey or maple syrup, then top with your preferred toppings.
  • NOTE: I like to swirl my smoothie bowls with another kind of smoothie – like acai or pitaya smoothie!
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