Acai Bowl (4 Easy Recipes!)

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Learn to make your own acai bowl right at home with your favorite healthy ingredients, or choose from four delicious recipes provided that are topped with colorful fruits and nuts.

How to Make an Acai Bowl

Acai bowls have vibrant colors and contain a variety of toppings, but it’s the superfruit inside that makes it a popular health-conscious snack. Luckily, the recipe base is easy to make and you can customize to your taste buds.

These nutrient-packed bowls make pulling out the blender worth the effort, and you can even meal prep for breakfast. Need a protein boost or want to pack in more greens? No problem! The smoothie-like consistency adapts well to whatever you want to mix in.

What is acai?

Frozen pieces of acai

Acai (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”) is a small purple berry found in the Amazon rainforest that grows in clusters on tall palm trees. It has a unique flavor, with a combination of blackberry and cocoa notes. The fruit is made up of 95% seed, making for only a small amount of edible portions.

Thousands of years ago they were utilized by ancient tribes for food and medicinal purposes, now it can be purchased as a frozen puree or powder to use in bowls, smoothies, drinks, snacks, or desserts.

Is acai healthy?

Yes! They’re prized for their high concentration of antioxidants, rivaling the value of blueberries by two-fold. Acai contains plant sterols (linked to lowering cholesterol), amino acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s for heart and brain health.

It’s also naturally low in sugar and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Acai is exceptionally high in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value.

Frozen acai and fruit in a blender cup

Where can you buy it?

Unless you’re visiting the Amazon in South America, it’s difficult to buy fresh acai berries. In health food stores, you can typically find dried ground powders as a supplement.

Look for unsweetened frozen acai packs at grocery store chains like Albertson’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and even Trader Joes. Some brands also sell blends that contain sweetener and other ingredients like guarana for energy.

How to make an acai bowl

Similar to making a smoothie, the acai mixture should have a very thick, spoonable texture, and be cold. A combination of frozen ingredients like acai puree, fruit and a very small amount of liquid makes for the right consistency. Do not use ice as you would for smoothies because it makes the bowl melt quicker and can dilute the flavor.

Acai blended into a fruit smoothie puree

The best base ratio

  • Frozen Acai Puree: 1 packet (100 grams, ⅗ ounces), about ¾ cup
  • Frozen Fruit: 1 ½ cups
  • Liquid: ¼ cup
  • Yogurt: 2 tablespoons (optional, to add creaminess)
  • Sweetener: 1 to 3 teaspoons (optional)
  • Leafy Greens: 1 cup (optional)

As long as you stick to the above amounts for the main ingredients like acai puree, frozen fruit, and liquid, it’s easy to customize the flavor and nutrients for an extra boost.

Blending sequence

Processing the acai bowl ingredients works best when using a kitchen blender. Add liquid ingredients and any leafy ingredient first, followed by the frozen ones. Any dried ingredients like protein powders should be added on top of the liquids.

The frozen acai packet needs to be broken down into a few smaller chunks while still in the package to make it easier to blend. The consistency should not be easy to pour out as you want to be able to use a spoon to eat from the bowl.

Use frozen bananas

Frozen bananas add a creamy, soft-serve ice cream like texture due to the starches and tiny ice particles in the fruit. Each recipe uses ½ cup of frozen bananas, a medium-sized piece.

Add ripe sliced bananas in a single layer into a resealable plastic bag and freeze overnight so they’re ready the next day. Some grocery stores sell frozen bananas for a quick solution.

Liquid ingredients

A small amount of liquid, only ¼ cup is needed to help process the frozen ingredients. Try water, coconut water, coconut milk, apple juice, orange juice, or dairy-free milk.

Juices are a nice way to naturally sweeten the mixture, while thicker milk adds a touch of creaminess. Don’t use too much, otherwise, it will make the consistency runny and the acai bowl will melt faster.

Topping ideas

Acai Bowl Toppings

  • Fresh Fruit: Sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, apples, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pineapple, mango, pomegranate arils.
  • Protein: Peanut butter, almond butter, chopped nuts, hemp heart seeds.
  • Superfood Boosters: Cacao, cacao nibs, matcha, flax seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, homemade granola.

Sweeteners

To add a hint of natural sweetness, add honey, maple syrup or dates. Although since a majority of the mixture is frozen berries and other fruits, you may find that it’s sweet enough. A little extra sweetness does help to balance some bitterness from leafy greens like spinach or kale.

Nutrient boosts

Add protein with a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt, non-dairy yogurt, peanut butter, almond butter, or protein powder. Add ¼ of avocado for healthy fats and creaminess. Turmeric, cacao powder, and matcha green tea powder add various benefits like antioxidants, phytonutrients, or if you want a bit of caffeine from the tea.

Berry Acai Bowl

Berry Acai Bowl

  • Base: Frozen acai puree, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, and coconut water.
  • Toppings: Strawberries, pineapples, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas, toasted coconut, hemp heart seeds.

Protein Acai Bowl

Protein Acai Bowl

  • Base: Frozen acai puree, strawberries, blueberries, banana, almond butter, Greek yogurt, protein powder, and cashew milk.
  • Toppings: Nut butter, sliced almonds, quinoa granola, strawberry, blueberry, banana, chia seeds, hemp heart seeds.

Superfood Acai Bowl

Superfood Acai Bowl

  • Base: Frozen acai puree, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana, kale, spinach, matcha powder, and pomegranate juice.
  • Toppings: Pomegranate arils, chia seeds, cacao nibs, strawberry, matcha powder, hemp heart seeds, banana, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, granola.

Tropical Acai Bowl

Tropical Acai Bowl

  • Base: Frozen acai puree, mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut water.
  • Toppings: Strawberry, banana, mango, pineapple, kiwi, coconut flakes, and hemp heart seeds.

Use only frozen fruit

All the fruit in the recipe must be frozen or a thick texture won’t be achieved. Water that freezes inside of the fruit cell walls helps to keep the acai mixture chilly, thick, yet smooth. Grocery stores sell various types of frozen fruits, which are convenient and sometimes affordable. For fresh fruit you have on hand, freeze inside a plastic bag in a single layer until solid.

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Acai Bowl (4 Easy Recipes!)

Make your own acai bowl right at home with four delicious recipes to choose from! Easily customize with protein powder, nuts, and your favorite fruit.
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Ingredients

Berry Acai Bowl

  • 1 packet frozen acai puree, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt, plain
  • ½ cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup (optional)

Protein Acai Bowl

  • 1 packet frozen acai puree, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup cashew milk, or almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt, plain or dairy-free yogurt
  • protein powder, as recommended by product for 1 serving (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup (optional)

Superfood Acai Bowl

  • 1 packet frozen acai puree, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice, or cranberry juice, grape or apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • ½ cup baby spinach, packed
  • ½ cup baby kale, packed
  • ½ cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup (optional)

Tropical Acai  Bowl

  • 1 packet frozen acai puree, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup coconut milk, or coconut water or pineapple juice
  • ½ cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
  • ½ cup frozen mangoes
  • ½ cup frozen pineapples
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions 

Berry Acai Bowl

  • Place the serving bowl in the freezer.
  • Allow the frozen acai packet to slightly defrost at room temperature for a few minutes. Break into smaller pieces while still in the package.
  • Add coconut water, yogurt, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, acai, and sweetener (if using) to a blender cup.
  • Blend on medium speed, using the tamper to push down the fruit, for about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high, process until thick, spoonable, and smooth, about 15 seconds. Add more coconut water if needed.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl from the freezer and add desired toppings. Serve immediately.
  • Suggested Toppings: Strawberries, pineapples, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas, toasted coconut, hemp heart seeds.

Protein Acai Bowl

  • Place the serving bowl in the freezer.
  • Allow the frozen acai packet to slightly defrost at room temperature for a few minutes. Break into smaller pieces while still in the package.
  • Add cashew milk, almond butter, yogurt, protein powder (if using), bananas, strawberries, blueberries, acai, and sweetener (if using) to a blender cup.
  • Blend on medium speed, using the tamper to push down the fruit, for about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high, process until thick, spoonable, and smooth, about 15 seconds. Add more coconut water if needed.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl from the freezer and add desired toppings. Serve immediately.
  • Suggested Toppings: Nut butter, sliced almonds, quinoa granola, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, hemp heart seeds.

Superfood Acai Bowl

  • Place serving bowl in the freezer.
  • Allow the frozen acai packet to slightly defrost at room temperature for a few minutes. Break into smaller pieces while still in the package.
  • Add pomegranate juice, matcha powder, spinach, kale, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, acai, and sweetener (if using) to a blender cup.
  • Blend on medium speed, using the tamper to help push down the fruit, for about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high, process until thick, spoonable, and smooth, about 15 seconds. Add more coconut water if needed.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl from the freezer and add desired toppings. Serve immediately.
  • Suggested Toppings: Pomegranate arils, chia seeds, cacao nibs, strawberry, matcha powder, hemp heart seeds, banana, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, granola.

Tropical Acai Bowl

  • Place serving bowl in the freezer.
  • Allow the frozen acai packet to slightly defrost at room temperature for a few minutes. Break into smaller pieces while still in the package.
  • Add coconut milk, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and sweetener (if using) to a blender cup.
  • Blend on medium speed, using the tamper to help push down the fruit, for about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high, process until thick, spoonable, and smooth, about 15 seconds. Add more coconut water if needed.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl from the freezer and add desired toppings. Serve immediately.
  • Suggested Toppings: Strawberry, banana, mango, pineapple, kiwi, toasted coconut flakes, hemp heart seeds.

Notes

  • Serving Size: About 2 cups makes one large bowl, or 1 cup for two small bowls.
  • Freezing Bananas: Slice into ½ inch thick slices. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and spread into a single layer, seal and close. Freeze until solid, about 3 hours or more.
  • Freezing Fresh Fruit: Any other type of fruit can be frozen in a single layer until ready to use. Make sure pieces are no larger than 1-inch in size.

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Nutrition Facts
Acai Bowl (4 Easy Recipes!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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