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This easy Acai Bowl, is just 5 ingredients (plus toppings) and ready in minutes! It’s a healthy homemade spa-day treat that tastes as good as it looks.

Two easy acai bowls surrounded by berries on a counter.

You can buy Acai bowls in smoothie shops all across the country, but the prices aren’t for the faint-hearted. A better option is to track down Acai at the grocery store, then enjoy an at-home spa day, every morning, for breakfast.

You start by making a smoothie with the frozen fruit, a splash of juice, and yogurt. Then you pour it into your prettiest bowl and go crazy with ingredients. Toasted nuts, granola, coconut, cacao, micro greens, flower petals, the list goes on. This is your spa day, after all!

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Easy Acai Bowl Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for an Easy Acai bowl.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
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Ingredient notes

  • Acai (ah-sigh-EE): Açaí berries are the fruit of a tropical palm tree and are dark purple in color. In the United States it is sold as frozen “smoothie packets” (that’s what you want for this recipe), freeze-dried, or as a powder. The flavor is a cross between a raspberry or blackberry and dark chocolate, without the sweetness.
Frozen acai broken into pieces in a clear bowl.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender, add apple juice, banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and açaí puree.
Easy acai bowl ingredients in a blender before they have been blended up.
  1. Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Blended acai in a blender.
  1. Divide between 2 deep bowls (1 ½ cups smoothie each). Arrange desired toppings over smoothie and serve.
Two easy acai bowls surrounded by berries on a counter.
Easy Acai Bowl with Homemade Granola.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings, 1 ½ cups each (3 cups total). For 4 cups total, add a second cup of Greek yogurt. It won’t affect the flavor or consistency in a noticeable way.
  • Storage: Store leftover smoothie bowl covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days (without toppings).
  • Drink your greens: Add a handful of fresh spinach or kale to your blender. You won’t even know it’s there!
  • Toppings: Fresh fruit, especially berries. Toasted walnuts, almonds, or coconut. Granola, chopped dates, edible flowers, cacao nibs, or fresh mint.
  • For peak blender performance: Always put the liquids in the bottom of your blender. Next add soft foods, and finally, add frozen or hard foods and ice on top (if applicable).
Easy acai bowl in a white dish with a spoon.

Recipe FAQs

Are Acai bowls actually healthy?

Acai bowls can be healthy depending on what you put in them. Look for recipes containing protein such as Greek yogurt or silken tofu. Avoid recipes with added sugar.

How do you make a thicker Acai smoothie bowl?

For a thicker smoothie, freeze ripe, peeled bananas ahead of time and use in place of the fresh banana.

How can I sweeten my Acai bowl?

Add a couple dates, honey, or maple syrup to the blender for a sweeter Acai bowl.

How do I make a vegan Acai bowl?

For a vegan Acai bowl, use a plant-based yogurt (my favorite is Cashewmilk Yogurt by Forager) or silken tofu.

Homemade Granola

This easy recipe for Homemade Granola is delicious as written, but it’s eager for your customizations, too! It keeps for months in the pantry, so make a big batch.

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An easy acai bowl topped with coconut, nuts, and berries.

Easy Acai Bowl

This easy Acai Bowl, is just 5 ingredients (plus toppings) and ready in minutes! It's a healthy homemade spa-day treat that tastes as good as it looks.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings (1 ½ cups each)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 267

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 (7 ounce) container plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1 packet) frozen açaí berry purée broken into pieces (see note 1)
  • Assorted toppings such as: fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, granola, etc.

Instructions 

  • In a high-speed blender, add apple juice, banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and açaí puree. Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Divide between 2 deep bowls (1 ½ cups smoothie each). Arrange desired toppings over smoothie and serve.

Notes

  1. Acai (ah-sigh-EE): Açaí berries are the fruit of a tropical palm tree and are dark purple in color. In the United States it is sold as frozen “smoothie packets” (that’s what you want for this recipe), freeze-dried, or as a powder. The flavor is a cross between a raspberry or blackberry and dark chocolate, without the sweetness.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings, 1 ½ cups each (3 cups total). For 4 cups total, add a second cup of Greek yogurt. It won’t affect the flavor or consistency in a noticeable way.
  3. Storage: Store leftover smoothie bowl covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days (without toppings).

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 4gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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