Smoothie bowls are super thick smoothies that are served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon. One of the best parts about smoothies bowls are the toppings. From granola to sliced fruit to other health boosters, this article shares the best smoothie bowl toppings.

smoothie bowls with bananas and chia seeds

Health Boosting Smoothie Bowl Toppings

1. Granola

Granola will give you the most crunch satisfaction out of all the toppings. Depending on what brand you buy or what recipe you follow, you will get a great range of texture. Some granolas are like really crunchy cookies, others have the firmness of nuts. You can also find grain-free versions too.

I like to make my own Air Fryer Granola, but you can also buy it too.

Product recommendation: Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola (gluten-free)

smoothie bowl with granola

2. Chia seeds

Chia seeds look like poppy seeds, and give you the same sort of feel. These tiny seeds won’t give you a large crunch, especially if they are stirred in. To notice them most, make sure and use them last, on top off all your other toppings. You only need 1-2 teaspoons per smoothie bowl.

Product recommendation: Navitas Organics Chia Seeds

a bowl of chia seeds

3. Dried coconut flakes (or dried shredded coconut)

Shredded coconut is the type used for macaroons, and it is a softer texture on a smoothie bowl than when it is baked into cookies.

If you desire more of a crunch, definitely look for bags labeled as flakes. These are usually wider and more like chips than fluffy shreds, and have a definitive crunch to them.

Product recommendation: Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut

dried coconut flakes

4. Bee pollen

Bee pollen is a great topper for smoothie bowls. Most bee pollens have a freeze-dried type texture.

There is some research showing that bee pollen may help reduce allergies, but you want to start out using just a tiny bit to see how you respond to it. If bee pollen works for you, then it makes a great smoothie bowl topping!

Please note that for strict vegans, bee pollen may not be appropriate.

Product recommendation: Sunfood Superfoods Bee Pollen Granules

bee pollen

5. Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds have a nutty flavor and the texture is quite similar. They are chewy without having a large crunch. Small like chia seeds, they can give you just a bit of texture if that’s what you are after. One tablespoon offers about 50 calories, 3 grams of protein, and a ton of micronutrients like iron, magnesium, and potassium.

Product recommendation: Navitas Organic Hemp Seeds

hemp seeds

6. Cacao nibs

Cacao nibs are firm and crunchy and are perfect to put on top of smoothie bowls. If you’ve ever eaten espresso beans (chocolate covered or not!), you’ll recognize the texture here. They are a great replacement for chocolate with so many health benefits. You’ll get a hint of chocolate flavor with a crunchy bite.

Product recommendation: Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Organic Cacao Nibs

cocoa nibs

7. Nut butter (or seed butter) drizzle

If you are craving something smooth and getting the flavor in every bite, then selecting a nut butter is your best choice! Nut and seed butters add healthy fat and a little protein per serving.

Choose from peanut butter, almond butter, pumpkin seed butter, or sunflower seed butter. For the optimal drizzle texture, let your nut butter come to room temperature before drizzling.

Product recommendation: Artisana Organics Raw Almond Butter

almond butter

8. Sliced fruit like banana (or berries)

Pick your favorite fruit for both flavor and texture. Sliced fresh fruit adds extra sweetness to your smoothie bowl without any added sugars.

Choose from sliced banana or strawberries, or just use a handful of blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. If you have tropical fruits on hand, feel free to top your smoothie bowl with passionfruit, mango, pineapple, or papaya.

smoothie bowl with passionfruit on top

9. Goji berries

Goji berries are dried like raisins, but are often a bit tougher or chewier. They are savory, almost sour at times. They will give you something to chew on if you aren’t one to want to drink your meals. It is also easier to find these unsweetened as that seems to be how they are usually dried.

Product recommendation: Navitas Organics Goji Berries

goji berries

10. Raisins

Raisins are budget-friendly and easy to find. Look for unsweetened varieties, and give different varieties a try like golden raisins. If you are able to find them in bulk or in clear packages, you can see if you are getting really plump ones that will give you the perfect sweetness.

Product recommendation: California Organic Raisins

golden raisins

Basic Smoothie Bowl Recipe

It’s not hard to transform a basic smoothie recipe into a smoothie bowl recipe. Just decrease the liquid you put into the blender by about half of what is called for in a regular smoothie recipe.

A basic template for making smoothie bowls includes:

  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • Toppings of choice

You’ll need to use a blender with a tamper to help make sure the ingredients get well blended.

More Healthy Smoothie & Smoothie Bowl Recipes

Or, check out my entire index of dairy-free smoothies.


Smoothie bowls are the perfect meal option when you are craving something cool and sweet but aren’t a fan of drinking your meals. Smoothie bowls have the same great smoothie flavors, but are made thicker to be able to eat with a spoon. Customize your flavors and textures by selecting a few of the topping ideas in this article.

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