11 Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings [With Recipe]

A smoothie bowl is a thick smoothie that can be served in a bowl, usually eaten with a spoon. One of the most amazing parts of this type of smoothie is the toppings. You can include sliced-up fruit, granola, nuts, seeds, and more! 

Join us today in looking through the 11 best smoothie bowl toppings, and we will even add a recipe to get you started with smoothie bowls! Ready? Let’s get into it! 

Best Health-Boosting Toppings For Smoothie Bowls

Nothing beats a smoothie bowl that tastes great and is good for you! For that reason, we are looking into smoothie bowl toppings that are both delicious and healthy! 

#1. Chia Seeds

chia seeds

Chia seeds tend to look very similar to poppy seeds, and they feel similar also. They do not provide a big crunch, though. However, if you do want to notice them in your smoothie bowl, only 1-2 teaspoons are needed.

#2. Granola

granola as a smoothie bowl toppings

Granola will give you a yummy and crunchy topping. Depending on the brand that you purchase you can get a fair variety of textures. Some granola can be very crunchy, but other granola may have a more nutty firmness. There are also grain-free versions of granola too.

#3. Bee Pollen

bee

Bee Pollen is also a great topping for smoothie bowls, as many will have a freeze-dried texture.

Some research even states that bee pollen could help you to reduce allergies. However, you should only try a small amount to see how it works for you.  If this delicious ingredient works for you and helps you then it also makes a great topping for your smoothies! 

If you are a stricter vegan then you will probably wish to avoid this, though.

#4. Dried Coconut Flakes

coconut flakes

Dried and shredded coconut is often used in macaroons, it is softer in its texture when in a smoothie bowl than when it is put into cookies.

Look for bags that are labeled as being flakes, as these will have a stronger crunch to them, this is because they are wider and are more similar to chips than the thin shreds you can usually get

#5. Cacao Nibs

cacao nibs for smoothie bowl topping

Cacao nibs are crunchy and firm and go great on top of a smoothie bowl. They are a bit like espresso beans if you have ever tried them. They also work well as a chocolate replacement and have endless health benefits. You get a crunchy texture but a chocolate taste.

If you love chocolate but are perhaps dieting, or even trying to cut the cord with chocolate, this can make a great replacement. It is the primary ingredient in chocolate, however, it comes without all the sugar, fat, and calories. So it can help you cut the chocolate cravings, but you still get to enjoy the flavor.

#6. Hemp Seeds

hemp seeds

Hemp seeds do have a nutty flavor, and their texture is even similar to nuts. They do not have a large crunch but they are chewy. You could consider them to be small chia seeds, as they can give you a little texture. A single tbsp will offer you 3 grams of protein and around 50 calories, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron!

#7. Sliced Fruit

sliced melon for a smoothie bowl topping

Any fruit can work for this, your favorite fruit sliced up can add some freshness and sweetness to your smoothie bowl. A sliced-up banana, some strawberries, or a handful of raspberries or blueberries can go great. Passion fruit is also a great choice, and papaya can add a tropical flavor to your smoothie bowl too! 

#8. Nut Butter

nut butter

Perhaps you would rather have something smooth, and full of flavor, if this sounds like you, nut butter is a good choice. Seed and nut butter offer you protein and healthy fats. 

Some options include pumpkin seed butter, almond, peanut, or even sunflower seed butter. These kinds of butter not only add flavor, but they add extra smoothness and sweetness to your smoothies. You can even make your own nut butter in your smoothie bowls as well.

#9. Raisins

raisins

Raisins are easy to get and very affordable, they are also easy to find. Look around for some unsweetened varieties as these are the healthiest option. However, if you want something unique and different, seek out golden raisins or other varieties. 

Should you be able to find them in bulk clear packaging, you can also tell whether or not you are going to get plump ones that will give you perfect sweetness.

#10. Goji Berries

goji berry

Goji berries are dried, they are often chewier and tougher. These are savory, and sometimes even sour. So, if you want something with plenty of flavors to chew on when you enjoy your smoothie bowl, goji berries can be that chewy addition to make your smoothie bowl pop. 

It is generally much easier to find goji berries unsweetened, this seems to be down to how they are dried, but if you want them sweetened, you can also get these from select locations.

#11.  Lemon Zest

lemon zest

Lemon zest can work well for a citrus touch. While most of us do not think to add the zest of a lemon on top of our smoothie bowls, it can work well, especially on green smoothie bowls. It adds a dash of flavor that will brighten and freshen up the whole bowl and give you a unique flavor. 

While this is a great option for green smoothie bowls, it can also work well with smoothie bowls that are fruit based. 

If you have a smoothie bowl lacking any zing then lemon can add to it. Very sweet smoothie bowls such as ones including mango, strawberries, and bananas can benefit from lemon zest.

Additionally, spinach, kale, and chard-based smoothie bowls also benefit from a touch of lemon zest! 

Our Recipe

We have a delicious smoothie bowl recipe, that has a clean minimalistic amount of toppings, perhaps you will get inspired by this detox green smoothie bowl.

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Detox Green Smoothie Bowl

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Thick. Green. Healthy smoothie bowl. What more could you ask for!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup75g of frozen pineapple (chunks)
  • 1 Handful of spinach (washed)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp of detox powder (we used this one or use 1/2 tbsp matcha powder)
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 60 ml of almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Add your desired toppings!
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Best consumed straight away.

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie, Smoothie Bowl
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 377
  • Sugar: 29.3
  • Fat: 15.4
  • Carbohydrates: 40.3
  • Fiber: 8.1
  • Protein: 7.7

Overall

So, these were our best smoothie bowl toppings. You have so many options when it comes to what you can put on top of your smoothie bowls.

It can range from fruit to nuts and seeds, and more.

If you need topping ideas for your acai bowls, the suggestions provided above can also be great for acai bowls too, not just smoothie bowls.

Feel free to get creative with what you add on top of your bowls. Anything goes, but these options are the healthiest and can offer you the most nutrition and flavor! 

FAQs:

How To Decorate A Smoothie Bowl?

You can get creative with decorating a smoothie bowl, add crunchy toppings, yogurt, and sliced fruit, and experiment with flavors and aesthetics. There are no limits other than your imagination.

What Are The Best Low Calorie Smoothie Bowl Toppings?

Fresh fruit is the healthiest lowest calorie topping you can add to your smoothie bowl. From there, unsweetened yogurt, dried fruit, and coconut flakes are also some wonderful lower-calorie toppings, but fresh fruit is the best.

What Are The Most Popular Toppings To Put On A Smoothie?

The most popular toppings for smoothies and smoothie bowls include berries, pineapple, mango, banana, peaches, seeds, and chopped or sliced-up nuts.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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