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Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Starfruit and Kiwi

This delicious and simple smoothie bowl is filled with delicious tropical fruit. A blend of kiwi, starfruit and papaya mixed with yogurt makes a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!

Smoothies are a great way to pack in fiber and nutrients, but sometimes, a drink just doesn’t feel like a meal! That’s why I love smoothie bowls so much. They are full of the same healthy ingredients as a smoothie, but you can eat them with a spoon. This easy tropical smoothie bowl is simple to make and so delicious. A blend of kiwi, starfruit and papaya mixed with yogurt makes a healthy and filling breakfast or snack!

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What Do I Need to Make this Tropical Inspired Recipe?

With just five ingredients, this simple smoothie bowl is quick to make. But that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in flavor! You will love the tropical ingredients in this simple smoothie recipe. To make a tropical smoothie bowl, you will  need:

  • Ice
  • Kiwi
  • Starfruit
  • Papaya
  • Yogurt
  • Honey (optional)

Kitchen Items Needed:

  • Blender
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons 

Papaya, Kiwi, Starfruit, Ice and Yogurt on a white background.

How Do I Make a Tropical Smoothie Bowl?

Making a smoothie bowl is as easy as whipping up a smoothie, which means you can make your own tropical treat in just a few minutes. Follow these three easy steps to make yourself a smoothie bowl right now:

Step One: Prepare Your Ingredients

Before you can blend the ingredients for your smoothie bowl, you will need to take a few minutes to prepare your fruit. The kiwi and papaya should be peeled and chopped for easier blending. To prepare the starfruit, there is no need to peel the fruit. Simply slice it and add it to the rest of the ingredients.

Overhead view of blender with papaya, kiwi, starfruit and ice in it.

Step Two: Blend the Smoothie

Add the ingredients to the pitcher of a blender, starting with the yogurt and ice. After that, add the kiwi, starfruit, and papaya. Top the ingredients with the honey, if you plan on using it. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and well combined.

Tropical smoothie blended in blender.

Step Three: Prepare the Smoothie Bowl

Pour the blended smoothie into a deep bowl. Top the bowl with slices of starfruit and kiwi, then garnish with a sprinkling of shredded coconut.

Overhead view of tropical smoothie bowl with starfruit, kiwi and coconut sprinkled on top.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Try these simple tips and tricks when you prepare your tropical smoothie bowl to ensure it tastes amazing.

  • Blend without the honey: The sweetness of the fruit may be enough flavor for you, which is why it’s a good idea to start without any sweetener at all. Try blending the fruit and yogurt without honey to see if you like the flavor. If not, you can always sweeten the smoothie with honey later.
  • Try a different sweetener: Honey is not the only way to add sweetness to your smoothie bowl. To add to the flavor of your smoothie, try  sweetening it with granulated sugar, maple syrup, agave, or your favorite zero-calorie sweetener.
  • Adjust the measurements to suit your tastes: If you prefer one type of fruit more than the others, just adjust the recipe to use more of your favorite flavors. When making adjustments, try to keep the total amount of fruit the same to ensure you don’t have too much or too little smoothie. 
  • Try different yogurt options: The type of yogurt you use in your smoothie bowl depends on your flavor preference. You can use plain traditional yogurt or plain Greek yogurt to make your smoothie bowl. You could also add vanilla yogurt to the blender to give even more flavor to your smoothie bowl.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Papaya sliced in half in the background.

How do you thicken a smoothie bowl?

Since you’ll be eating your smoothie bowl with a spoon instead of drinking it through a straw, it’s important that your smoothie mix is thick. Luckily, there are a few different tactics you can use to create a thick and creamy smoothie bowl every time.

  • Use frozen fruit: One simple way to ensure your smoothie bowl is thick is to use frozen fruit. You can purchase fruit that’s already frozen or place your cut-up fruit in the freezer for around one hour before blending to help thicken your smoothie.
  • Don’t add more liquid: When blending up a smoothie to drink, you’ll often add juice or milk to the pitcher to thin the ingredients. That makes it easier to drink your smoothie with a straw. However, when you are making a smoothie bowl, there is no need to include additional liquid. If you are adapting a traditional smoothie recipe for a bowl, it’s a good idea to leave out the extra liquid in the recipe.
  • Use thicker yogurt, like Greek yogurt: Thick yogurt is another easy way to make your smoothie bowl thick and creamy. Since Greek yogurt is naturally thicker than traditional yogurt, it’s a good choice for this recipe.
  • Add more ice: If you blend up your smoothie and notice that there’s too much liquid, try adding a little bit more ice. Adding ice to the smoothie will help it thicken, without adding more calories to your bowl.

Spoon in smoothie bowl.

How Do I Store a Smoothie Bowl?

Smoothie bowls are made to be enjoyed right away, which means they don’t store well. When you try to store a prepared smoothie, the ingredients usually separate in the refrigerator. That’s why it’s a good idea to blend only the amount of ingredients you plan on eating.

You can store the individual components of the smoothie bowl for easy blending at a later time. Prepare the kiwi, starfruit, and papaya by cutting the ingredients and storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. When you’re ready to make your smoothie bowl, simply add everything to the blender for a quick smoothie without all the prep work.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Starfruit and Kiwi.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl with Starfruit and Kiwi

This delicious and simple smoothie bowl is filled with delicious tropical fruit. A blend of kiwi, starfruit and papaya mixed with yogurt makes a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 305kcal


  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 2 Kiwi peeled and quartered
  • ½ Starfruit sliced
  • ¼ Cup Papaya peeled and chopped
  • ¼ Cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey optional
  • Garnish: starfruit slices kiwi slices, and a tablespoon of shredded coconut.


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender, starting with the yogurt and ice. Then, then ending with the kiwi, starfruit, papaya and honey (if using it).
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a deep bowl and top with slices of starfruit and kiwi, then sprinkle with coconut if desired.


  • I do not suggest storing this and saving for later. 
  • I don’t add in honey as I think the fruit tastes delicious all by itself. However, some like that added touch of sweetness since starfruit can be sour. If you don’t prefer honey, some granulated sugar, maple syrup, or other sweetener will do the trick as well.
  • You do not need to peel starfruit. I know, it feels strange not to, but all you need to do is slice it. 
  • If you like one fruit a little more than the others, simply add a bit more of it for that flavor to shine through.
  • You can add in a tropical flavored yogurt or even use Greek yogurt instead.
  • The juices from the fruits make the smoothie the perfect consistency, so there’s no need for added liquid. 


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 206mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg
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