How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl

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How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl that's a beautiful and smart way to start the day

You’ve seen them in your feed, now it’s time to make one for yourself, I’ll show you how to make an Instagram worthy breakfast bowl that’s gorgeous and good for you…

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl that's as healthy as it is gorgeous!Breakfast bowls aren’t just pretty, they’re a really smart way to start the day —and in fact, the prettier you make them, the healthier they get.  You’ll work with a palette of fruits, nuts, and seeds to add color, texture, and nutrients to your bowl.   All of a sudden plain fruit and yogurt becomes a feast, and now you not only have something you can snap and post to make your friends jealous, you’ll be encouraging yourself to eat mindfully and healthily.  It’s a win win.   Breakfast bowls can be achingly gorgeous, and I could just sit here and stare all day if I wasn’t so hungry, so let’s get to it.

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How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl that is not only gorgeous, it packs a nutritional punch

The first thing you’re going to need is the right bowl.  You want a small shallow bowl that holds just enough for one serving.  It should have a wide surface for displaying your beautiful toppings, but if it’s too big you’ll never finish your breakfast!  A cereal bowl is ok, but if you can find something shallower, that’s even better.   Thrift stores are fantastic places to find odd sized bowls, and because people used to eat smaller portions than we do now, you’re likely to come across more dainty bowls there than anywhere else.

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl

The next thing you’ll need is your base — there are all kinds of breakfast bowls, they can be made with smoothies, grains, or in this case, yogurt.  It can be plain or flavored, but I like to start with plain because I know I’m not getting any added ingredients or anything artificial.  My secret is to add a bit of vanilla bean paste, or, when I’m feeling fancy, I’ll scrape the seeds from a bean into the yogurt and blend it up.  The vanilla tricks the taste buds into thinking you’re eating something sweet, even though there is no sugar added.How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl for every day of the week!

Next you’ll need your toppings.  This is where the fun comes in.  Instead of randomly plopping chopped apples or blueberries onto your yogurt you’re going to arrange it so that it’s pleasing to the eye and appealing to the stomach.  I suggest buying an assortment of fruit at your Sunday farmer’s market, and then mixing and matching it all week long into beautiful bowls.  Pick up a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.  I always go for something whole like berries or grapes, then something I can slice, like bananas or kiwi, and something a bit larger, like citrus that I can either slice or section.  You can go with a theme…like all berries, or all tropical fruit, or you can mix it up like I did.

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast BowlPut each type of fruit in its own section of the bowl.  Lay down your biggest pieces in the center, and stack slices like banana along the edges.  Fill in with berries.  Don’t crowd the surface too much, I like to let some of the yogurt peek through so you can see what you’re about to eat.  When you’ve got your fruit arranged, it’s time to scatter on some crunch.  That can be nuts, seeds, or granola.  I used walnuts and hemp for this bowl.

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl, so the most important meal of the day can also be the most beautiful!

The final step is to drizzle on a bit of honey, agave, or maple syrup, if you like.

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl that's as healthy as it is gorgeous!
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How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup yogurt of your choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 slice pink grapefruit
  • 1 slice navel orange
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 kiwi peeled and sliced
  • several cherries halved and pitted
  • several blackberries
  • several raspberries
  • pomegranate seeds
  • chopped walnuts
  • hemp seeds
  • honey


  • Stir together your yogurt and vanilla. Put it in the bottom of your bowl
  • Lay down your citrus slices in the center of the yogurt. Fan out the banana slices along one side of the bowl, and the kiwi on the other. Fill in gaps with the berries.
  • Scatter the nuts and seeds over all, and drizzle with honey just before serving.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Recycle your leftover fruit into the next morning’s bowl.  I slice the citrus with the peel on, and then cut off the peel with kitchen shears, that way I can easily save the rest of the fruit.
  • I like to alternate between plain yogurt one day, and then I blend pureed fruit, like blackberries or papaya, into the yogurt the next day for a different experience.  Sometimes I’ll blend it completely, other times I’ll swirl it thorough.
  • Vary your cutting techniques…if you’ve sliced your citrus one day, section it the next.  Try slicing strawberries horizontally instead of vertically…cut grapes or blueberries in half instead of leaving them whole.
  • Seeds are especially pretty and packed with nutrition.  In addition to the hemp seeds, try flax, sunflower, chia, sesame, and pumpkin.

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast Bowl



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    June 27, 2016 at 3:09 am

    It is very beautiful and healthy, I just want to eat it right now from the image , it looks so delicious.. But It is not possible to eat it from image. So I am going to try this today.

    Hope I will make perfect as you describe above..

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 7, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    So pretty, Sue! Love all those pops of color!

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    May 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    This looks fantastic, Sue! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    May 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning Sue, what great photos and a healthy breakfast .

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    May 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Not only is this beautiful but it’s truly unique and memorable. This needs to be on my table every morning. It has all my favorites and the colors alone are going to make you start the day off with a smile! Just perfect, Sue!

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      May 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Robyn — I’m a ‘color person’ so these are fun for me.

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    May 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

    That is a gorgeous breakfast bowl, Sue! I normally through everything in the blender and make a smoothie 🙂 Not nearly as photogenic!

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      May 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah, the blender is definitely convenient, but I find that when my breakfast looks this pretty I enjoy it more.

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    May 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Awesome post! enjoyed the pictures! breakfast time can’t get here sooner

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      May 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Funny you should say that, but one of my techniques for avoiding eating dessert at night is looking forward to a breakfast like this 🙂

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    May 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Sue, what a beautiful and delicious looking breakfast, we have guest coming to stay next week. Pinned!! they will love this.

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      May 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      I think this would be such fun to do for guests, Cheri.

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    May 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Haha this is such a fun post!! Breakfast bowls are all over Instagram, and this one is definitely a beauty. I just love the layers of texture and color.

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      May 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

      I’m like a kid in a candy shop with those bowls in my feed…some people eat really well every morning 😉

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 6, 2016 at 9:31 am

    This is the most beautiful breakfast ever! So much to see and eat and you are completely right about it all! Smaller plates and bowls, loads of color, lots and lots of color, and LOVE the vanilla paste in plain yogurt – I am going to do that everyday now! Terrific photos Sue – I love it all 🙂

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    May 6, 2016 at 9:27 am

    What an inspiring post! I usually have a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt topped with fruit for breakfast, but with a toddler eager to eat too, I usually don’t take the time to make it look pretty. I totally should though to start my day with some beauty, and maybe an animal face pattern for her 🙂

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      May 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

      That’s a great idea Regina!

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    Claudia | Gourmet Project
    May 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

    hahaha I love the post title ?. never tried to puree fruit in yogurt, but will try tomorrow, and take a beautiful picture too!

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    Liz C
    May 6, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe. We are going to try this out this weekend.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    May 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Definitely gorgeous and an Instagram star!! Love your vanilla bean trick — I need to think about that more often! Love your bowl, too!

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      May 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

      The vanilla bean thing really works, too 🙂

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    May 6, 2016 at 8:17 am

    That is goooorgeous! I’d have a hard time waiting to eat it so I could instagram it 😉 haha. I love the texture of all those toppings!

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    May 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    For me, this and a steaming mug of dark roast make the perfect breakfast. Elegant, satisfying, healthy. Makes me feel like I’m waking up in a great bed and breakfast every day.

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      May 6, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I’m with you on that steaming mug of dark roast 🙂

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I want one now! So beautiful Sue, a perfect breakfast in my mind!