Homemade Acai Bowl
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This easy to make Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe has just a few good-for-you ingredients and makes for an easy and healthy breakfast! It comes together in just a few quick minutes and requires only a handful of simple and easy to find ingredients. PLUS, you’ll save a ton of money compared to buying these out at a smoothie shop!
For the longest time, I’ve gone to a local smoothie place whenever I wanted to treat myself to a nutrient packed Acai bowl. They’re SO delicious and refreshing (especially on a warmer summer day) but they’re also PRICEY! The medium sized acai bowl that I usually get is $10 and a dollar if you want any of the extra add-ons (which I typically do). That’s a lot for smoothie bowl.
It used to be that finding frozen acai packets at the store was difficult and fairly expensive. However, lately I have found frozen acai packets and most of my usual grocery stores for a pretty reasonable price. SO I figured it was time to make my own Acai Bowls at home.
I’ve been on a HUGE smoothie kick lately (see HERE for my recent roundup of all of my favorite smoothie recipes!)
FIRST UP, let’s discuss how to pronounce “acai”: the proper (or at least most common) way to say Acai is AH-SIGH-EE. I pronounced this wrong for longer than I want to admit :)
Acai Packets vs. Acai Powder:
In the past, I used acai powder but really don’t like it as much as the frozen acai packets. The powder just has a rather bitter taste and I don’t prefer it. Luckily, I’ve been seeing the frozen packets a lot lately at some of the stores that I frequent the most including Trader Joe’s and Publix. The frozen packets also result in a much thicker and creamier smoothie which I prefer.
If using the powder, follow the instructions on the packet for making 1 smoothie serving. They’re all a little different.
I use one packet per smoothie in this recipe but I’ve seen others that call for just half of a packet if you want to make them go slower OR if you prefer a slightly lighter acai flavor.
Acai Bowl Ingredients:
The ingredients for this smoothie are simple and easy customizable:
- 1 frozen Acai packet, roughly 100g- these are typically found in the frozen section by the frozen fruit. They’re easier to find these days and carried at most major grocery stores including most Trader Joe’s and Target.
- ½ cup of liquid- I like almond milk or oat milk here but any milk or even simply water would also work
- 1 cup of berries- I typically use strawberries or a mixed berry blend. But again, really anything works well. I’ve tried this with so many different berry combos (including cherries) and it always turns out delicious
- ½ frozen banana– OR ¼ cup of cauliflower florets* Between the acai and the berries, this smoothie already has a lot of fruit. So, I often like to use cauliflower to lower the calories and sugar of this smoothie. I promise, the smoothie still turns out smooth and delicious.
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup– I love the added bit of sweetness but you can definitely leave this out if the sweetness from all of the fruit is enough for you. You can also swap it for agave or honey if you wish.
How to make this Acai Bowl Recipe:
As most smoothie recipes go, this is a “dump everything in the blend and BLEND” kinda thing. Easy and DONE!
You might need to add in a little bit of extra liquid to get the blender going and the acai block completely blended. I try and refrain from adding too much since we want this extra thick and creamy.
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This easy to make Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe has just a few good-for-you ingredients and makes for an easy and healthy breakfast!
- 1 Acai packet, roughly 100g (I’ve found these a Trader Joe’s, Target, and my local Publix store)
- ½ cup of liquid (I like almond milk here but any milk or water would also work)
- 1 cup of berries (I typically use strawberries or a mixed berry blend)
- ½ frozen banana OR ¼ cup of cauliflower florets*
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- optional toppings: 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut, fresh berries, fresh kiwi, cacao nibs, chia seeds, hemp hearts, etc.
- Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. If needed, add a little additional liquid to get the blender going but remember that you want this to be rather thick.
- Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings such as additional fruit, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and chia seeds. ENJOY!
*This smoothie can be a lot of fruit for some people OR they may not be able to have bananas. If this is the case, frozen cauliflower is a great option to provide nutrients and creaminess in place of the banana.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: smoothie
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: american
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 291
- Sugar: 48.8 g
- Sodium: 114.8 mg
- Fat: 3.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 66.2 g
- Protein: 3.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: smoothie bowl, acai bowl, healthy breakfast