How to make the best acai bowl recipes at home. These super popular smoothie bowls are healthy, delicious, and perfect for breakfast or snack!
What is an acai bowl?
If you’ve never had one of the famous acai bowls, you are in for a treat!
Packed with antioxidants and nutrition, the smoothies blend acai berries with other fruits, such as banana, blueberries, or pineapple, and as many toppings as your heart desires.
It’s the ultimate thick and refreshing smoothie in a bowl!
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Acai Smoothie Recipes
Tropical Coconut: In the recipe below, use canned coconut milk as your milk of choice and chopped frozen pineapple instead of frozen berries. Top with shredded coconut.
Chocolate Acai Smoothies: Add 1 tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate syrup and optional 2 tbsp chocolate nut butter of choice. Sprinkle chocolate chips on the finished bowl.
Berry Granola: Make the recipe below exactly as written. Stir in a scoop of your favorite granola or breakfast cereal.
Almond Butter & Jelly (AB&J): Use mixed berries or blueberries for the 1 cup frozen berries and banana instead of pineapple. Blend in 2 tbsp almond butter (or sunbutter for nut free).
Green Acai Bowls: Blend in 1 cup raw spinach or other raw greens. This is especially good if you also add some almond butter or coconut butter.
Protein Smoothie Bowls: Add 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder before blending, and add more liquid if a thinner smoothie is desired. For a caffeine boost, you can also add 1/2 tsp instant coffee.
Leftover blueberries? Make Healthy Blueberry Muffins
Acai Bowl Toppings
mini chocolate chips
muesli or granola
Health benefits of acai
Originally from Brazil and the rainforests of Central and South America, purple acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berries are often called the Amazon superfood.
They are low in calories and natural sugar, with 19 amino acids, antioxidants, fiber, and Omega 3s, 6s, and 9s.
How to make an acai bowl
The recipe can be made from scratch with either frozen or powdered acai.
Frozen acai packets are widely available in the US from a company called Sambazon. Look for them at Target, Costco, Whole Foods, Giant, or other local grocery stores, and either unsweetened or sweetened puree will work.
If you want to use powder instead, look at your local health food store or on Amazon. Popular brands include Navitas or Sunfood.
The actual vegan acai bowl recipe is simple – blend all ingredients until smooth, garnish as you wish, and enjoy!
- 2 packets frozen acai, or 2 tbsp acai powder
- 1 cup frozen berries of choice
- 1/2 cup milk of choice or apple juice
- 1 frozen banana, or 1/2 cup chopped frozen pineapple
- sweetener of choice, as desired
- toppings of choice – see above for lots of ideas
If using frozen acai, thaw first so it’s not rock hard. Blend all smoothie ingredients except the toppings until smooth, then pour into glasses or bowls and garnish as desired.