How To Make A Smoothie Bowl | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jun. 5. 2018

Smoothie Bowl Sprinkle

Jun. 5. 2018
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

It’s one thing to make a delicious and nutrient-dense smoothie bowl, it’s another thing to add toppings in a beautiful way for flavor, presentation, and added nutrition — here’s our hack.

The Smoothie Bowl Sprinkle is the 1-minute wonder to make your smoothie bowls taste delicious, add more nutrients, add texture, and it still looks beautiful enough for an Instagram shot if that’s your thing.

This sprinkle can be used on top of yogurts, ice cream, and of course smoothies — it combines all your favorite toppings for smoothies like nuts, seeds, and superfoods yet in an easy to serve way. Another great thing about having a large batch of this ready for the week (or month depending on how quickly you go through it!), is the ability to top a smoothie, yogurt, or bowl of ice cream with a shake of a spoon in less than 1 minute compared to getting all the toppings out of your pantry individually. I’m all about efficiencies and making our lives easier when it comes to healthy eating, so why not combine things we use for toppings all in one mix ready to go?

Not All Smoothie Bowl Toppings Are The Same

First things first, you don’t need to top your smoothie bowl with anything at all! Smoothie bowls, Nutrition Stripped style, are loaded with fiber, greens, protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates mainly from fruit — so there’s plenty of nutrient density going on here.

But, if you want to increase the nutrient density further, you can have fun with the toppings such as nuts, seeds, and superfoods, which also make the presentation of any smoothie bowl pretty. We all know how important presentation is when it comes to trying new foods or in general just getting excited and looking forward to eating a nourishing meal — doubly so when you’re trying to encourage healthy habits in kiddos!

In this smoothie bowl sprinkle, I don’t use a lot of dried fruits or additional sugar even from natural sources like dates because you’re using this on a smoothie bowl — most often smoothie bowls have a base which includes frozen fruit like bananas or berries in order to get that thick creamy texture.

Let’s say you use frozen chopped zucchini to make the smoothie bowl lower in sugar, then this would be a great example of where you can add additional dried fruit into the sprinkle recipe, otherwise, this is loaded with healthy fats, minerals, fiber, and plant-based protein.

Want to learn about the health benefits and nutrition of the ingredients in this recipe, be sure to visit the NS Food Index!


Plant-based Protein:

The nuts and seeds in this recipe all earn a spot on our Top 10 Plant-Based Proteins You Should Be Eating. Here’s why — 1/4 cup of nuts and seeds generally contain about 7-9g protein. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and cashew/peanut butter all also contain minerals and healthy fats that keep us fuller longer.

Healthy Fat

We can thank the nuts and seeds in this mix for a nice boost of healthy fats. Fats provide our body with a layer of protection, insulating our organs and keeping our core body temperature normal.

Healthy fats help our body digest fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K to keep our brains, cells, hormones, tissues, hair, skin, and nails healthy, and provide the structural component to many cell membranes which are essential for cellular development.

Optimizer Option

For a protein boost, add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein, you can try both a vanilla or chocolate flavor. For a boost of fiber, try using frozen chopped zucchini for a low sugar option or 1 cup frozen raspberries for a lower sugar slightly tangy flavor but loaded with fiber!

The Recipe

Serves 16



1 cup raw almonds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds 

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup pistachio

1/2 cup brazil nuts

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries (or 2 tablespoons of freeze-dried strawberry powder)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground espresso

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup bee pollen

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1 teaspoon lemon zest


Step 1

In a large food processor, combine all the ingredients until a dust forms, almost similar to a fine flour. Taste test and adjust items like more salt or lemon zest.

Step 2

Transfer the sprinkle mix into a large mason jar with an airtight lid, I recommend storing in the refrigerator for up to a month. When using, scoop the sprinkle out of the jar with a spoon and return to the refrigerator for freshness. Serving size is about 2 tablespoons.


The smoothie bowl base that was used in this recipe shown is a mix of frozen mango, almond milk, protein powder, and frozen zucchini!

This recipe was inspired by Jamie Olivers Granola Dust recipe, which I love the concept of and wanted to give it an NS makeover for smoothie bowls in particular — way to go Jamie, thanks for the inspiration!

Can’t wait to see you try it!

Did you know that you can submit your own photo of whatever recipe you make from NS? Scroll down to the bottom right and you’ll see a section for you to show off your creations from home!

Can’t wait to see how you make this smoothie sprinkle! Tag us on Instagram @nutritionstripped #nutritionstripped and submit your own photos in the comment section below.

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