Easy Acai Bowl Recipe


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An Acai Bowl is a quick and healthy breakfast or afternoon snack!

To make just prepare the smoothie base and top with your favorite ingredients. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s quick and easy and oh so delicious!

An acai bowl topped with bananas, granola, and berries.

What is an Acai Bowl?

Acai is the mashed fruit of the acai palm that comes from Brazil. The pulp makes a great base for smoothies and acai is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. And that’s just the acai!

Acai bowls are low in sugar (depending on your choice of toppings and add-ins) and make for a great alternative to processed dairy desserts.

Acai berries also have a pretty unique nutritional profile for a fruit, they are low in sugar and higher in healthy fats. Which is why an acai bowl fills you up for much longer than a traditional smoothie bowl.

Acai powder

Ingredients & Variations

ACAI To get that deep purple color you can use frozen acai packets (above left in the image) or acai powder. You can find frozen Acai in almost any grocery store. It’s often with the frozen fruit or with the organic or healthier items.

For this recipe, we used one frozen acai packet which is approximately 2 tablespoons of acai powder.

LIQUID I use apple juice most often but any fruit juice or milk (even dairy free milk) is great. You may need to add more or less dairy based on your blender.

TOPPINGS Now for the fun part! You can top your Acai Bowl with almost anything. For fun family breakfst, build a DIY Acai Bowl Bar and put out small bowls of all of these incredible toppings!

      • Berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
      • Melon chunks: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
      • Nuts: walnuts, pecans, pistachios
      • Seeds: chia, hemp, flax, sunflower, pumpkin
      • Other: bananas, granola, honey

Açai bowl ingredients in a blender.

How to Make Acai Bowl

This recipe is a delicious and nutritious breakfast option that is ready in just a few minutes!

  1. Prepare a smoothie base in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie base into a bowl (or a large glass) and add desired toppings.
  3. Sprinkle nuts or seeds on top and drizzle on some honey or blue agave syrup, if desired.

Smoothie being prepared in a blender.

For a creamier version, blend in with some vanilla or plain-flavored yogurt. For a dairy free version, skip the yogurt.

Packed with delicious ingredients, this acai bowl, tropical mango smoothie, or easy overnight oats are great breakfast options for busy mornings!

Healthy and Delicious Smoothies

Did you love this Acai Bowl? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below and let us know what your favorite toppings are!

Acai Bowl with berries and granola
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Review Recipe

Acai Bowl

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 bowl
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
This recipe is great for quick and healthy breakfast or afternoon snack!  Just prepare the smoothie base and top with your favorite ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup ice or extra frozen berries
  • 3.5 oz frozen Acai packet
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or milk, or as needed to blend
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt optional

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Instructions

  • Break up the acai packet into chunks and put it in the blender.
  • Add remaining ingredeints and blend until smooth adding more liquid if needed.
  • Pour into a bowl and top with toppings. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

For a creamier smoothie bowl, add extra vanilla or plain yogurt. For a diary free version this can be made without yogurt.
The liquid in this recipe can be substituted for any kind of milk (or non-dairy milk) or any kind of juice.
Depending on your blender, you may need to add more liquid and/or stop the blender and give it a stir. There are countless options, here are some of the top rated ones blenders.
This recipe uses acai packets but if you have only the powder, you can add 2 tablespoons in place of the packet. 
Optional Toppings
  • Sliced banana
  • Fresh Berries
  • Granola
  • Honey
Other topping ideas: coconut, chia seeds, chopped nuts (almonds, macadamia nuts, pecans), flax seed, fruits such as mango/kiwi/pineapple.
Nutritional information does not include optional toppings.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 404, Carbohydrates: 89g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 900mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 66g, Vitamin A: 326IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 247mg, Iron: 1mg
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Acai bowl topped with bananas, berries, and granola.
Acai bowl topped with bananas, berries, and granola.
Acai bowl topped with bananas, berries and granola.

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