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15 Minute Buddha Bowls

This 15 Minute Buddha Bowls recipe, with healthy grains, chickpeas, fruit, and avocado, is a balanced, healthy meal that comes together in no time!

15 Minute Buddha Bowls

I came to the realization this week that I’m not exploring enough. I mean I’ve piddled about my new little town and I’ve ventured into Rotterdam and Amsterdam a few times, but I haven’t really done any ground breaking exploring. So the tulip-man and I came up with a solution…Exploration Fridays! (how’s that for a name?) What will you be exploring this weekend?

Might I suggest you explore the phenomenon that is the Buddha Bowl? I saw these popping up on restaurant menus in the Pearl district back when I lived in San Antonio, and, well, they’re pretty amazing. The general concept is that they’re a completely balanced, usually plant-based meal…in a bowl!

15 Minute Buddha BowlsThis 15 Minute Buddha Bowls recipe, with healthy grains, chickpeas, fruit, and avocado, is a balanced, healthy meal that comes together in no time!

What is in a Buddha Bowl?

At it’s core, the Buddha Bowl is just a big bowl or healthy(ish) food, mostly plants, served over a bed of greens or grains and topped with a dressing. Similar to the “macro bowl”, they usually contain:

  • some greens (like spinach or kale)
  • protein (like chickpeas or other beans)
  • healthy grains (like bulgur or quinoa)
  • healthy carbs (helloooo fruit!)
  • healthy fats (avocado or nuts)
  • some flavor makers (onions, nutritional yeast, spices)
  • and a killer dressing

15 Minute Buddha Bowls

And these are so versatile. You can serve them all pretty and organized or mix ’em all up! They’re the perfect excuse to use any and all fruits and veggies you have on hand, which, with my fascination of Dutch groceries, happens to be a lot lately.

15 Minute Buddha Bowls

15 Minute Buddha Bowls

15 Minute Buddha Bowls Recipe

This 15 Minute Buddha Bowls recipe is a balanced, healthy meal that comes together in no time! It’s a flavorful combo of healthy grains, chickpeas, fruit and avocado with a creamy, citrusy yogurt dressing.
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Course: Main Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buddha bowl
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
4.75 from 4 votes



  • ¼ cup plain yogurt 60 g, or dairy-free alternative
  • ¼ cup orange juice 60 mL
  • 2 Tbsp honey 30 g, can sub maple syrup or agave
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • 2 handfuls greens your choice, I used spinach
  • 1 cup cooked bulgur* 182 g, can sub quinoa, couscous, or brown rice
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas 425 g, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup blueberries 100 g
  • 4 mandarin oranges peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 small avocados sliced
  • ½ small red onion about ½ cup, sliced
  • 2 large carrots about 1 cup, peeled and shredded


  • Dressing: Whisk all dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  • Filling: Divide greens into 4 servings bowls, then top each with equal portions of cooked bulgur, chickpeas, blueberries, orange slices, avocado, onion, and carrot.
  • Serve: Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.


*Read about how to cook bulgur here.


Serving: 1serving - Calories: 496kcal - Carbohydrates: 88.2g - Protein: 17.6g - Fat: 11.1g - Sodium: 84mg - Fiber: 20.8g
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  1. Kim says:

    That looks so yummy, colorful and healthy!!! Going to have to try this recipe

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Kim! 🙂 You should definitely give it a go!

  2. Kusum says:

    Looks so delicious, healthy and filling! Will have to try this recipe for sure.
    xx, Kusum |

  3. chrissa - Physical Kitchness says:

    YUM-O!!! I have yet to make a Buddha bowl – I’m soooo behind! This lone looks amazing. That big ‘ol avocado and all the fruit. NOM NOM! Your pics are fantastic!

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha they’re so fun, I’m obsessed! Thanks so much for your kind words, Chrissa!

  4. Mandi says:

    My goodness this looks so good! Thanks for the step by step! I pinned it!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks for sharing, Mandi!!

  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve never heard of this but it looks delicious! And I love all of the colors! Will have to give it a try 🙂

  6. Leah says:

    Oh my, this sounds wonderful! And the colors are gorgeous!

  7. Jenn says:

    This buddha bowl is perfect. It has everything you need to complete a perfectly healthy meal. Looks amazing. I love the addition of the orange and blueberries! Will be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Jenn! And yea I LOVE that it’s a pretty complete meal in itself. No hassle, all health 🙂

  8. Never tried a Buddha bowl before but can’t get much healthier than that. I’m in!

  9. These look delicious! I’m definitely going to give this a try soon.

  10. I cannot put my finger on why I love these bowls so much (um….colorful & tasty?!), but I do! Love your visual tutorial, too! Fun for you to be in exploration mode – enjoy!

    1. Sarah says:

      Haha aw thanks, Patricia!

  11. Bree Hogan says:

    I love Buddha bowls, they are so healthy and filling. Yours looks delicious!

  12. Tara says:

    Now that I’m not making lunches for little kids anymore (hello, teenagers), Buddha bowls have been my go-to lunch option. They’re so yummy and they give me so much energy.

  13. Caitlin S says:

    Delicious! And healthy 🙂

  14. Mumrah says:

    We always just called this “Stuff in a bowl” – gonna impress my guys now when I say we have Buddha bowls for dinner 🙂

  15. Nancy says:

    Is it the fruit that adds such a high number of carbs? I won’t use honey but will add grated orange rind

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Nancy! Yep, the fruit is contributing to the carbs, as well as the grains and chickpeas. A lot of that is fiber though, so the net carbs is more like 68 🙂

  16. Vicki says:

    Did you perhaps intend to say, “310 g soaked chickpeas if starting from dry, **cooked**, drained”??

    I do not believe it is healthy to consume uncooked beans.

    Otherwise, this looks like a terrific recipe.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Vicki, you’re totally right, the wording is a bit funny. Definitely cook your chickpeas before eating them! Thanks for clarifying 😀

  17. Melanie says:

    Wow such a small world. Here I am surfing Pinterest, click on your post, and find out that you’re from San Antonio! The Pearl is awesome and I LOVE all the chic places down there with delicious food. Which restaurant has the Buddha bowls?

    1. Sarah says:

      Ah how I miss the Pearl! This was inspired by Green I think (a veg restaurant also in the Pearl) 😀

  18. Rachel says:

    How long does the dressing stay goos for?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Rachel! Should stay good for about 4 to 7 days (depending on how recently you opened the yogurt)! 😀

  19. Sonya van Stee says:

    I just heard about Buddha bowls today! Someone directed me to your site and I’m amazed at how simple it is! Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, I also have a tulip-man in my life, but we live in Canada

    1. Sarah says:

      Aw, tulip-men all over the world! Buddha bowls are my favorite “lazy day” kind of dinner. Just so dang easy! Will be making some more to be published this fall for these colder months veggies 😀

  20. Jamie says:

    I made these for my work lunches this week! I just finished my first day’s lunch (minus the avocado, as I forgot it at home!) but it was DELICIOUS. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay, so happy to hear Jamie!! 😀