Feeling like a spa day? This easy Acai Bowl is here to the rescue. Loaded up with your choice of good-for-you toppings, this gorgeous superfood smoothie is also a quick, easy, and beautiful way to start the morning.
Breakfast is the one meal you can eat any time of the day, am I right? From homemade waffles or the healthiest pancakes around, to a trick for cooking bacon perfectly every single time, there’s a little something breakfasty for everybody. Even the pickiest little ones have healthy kid-friendly breakfast options, just in case you need some fresh ideas.
Ready to glow? Here’s a recipe for an acai berry bowl that won’t break the bank. As long as you can find frozen acai purée at the store, you’re well on your way to one of the most photogenic breakfasts around.
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!
Better have your phone’s camera ready, because I really want to see what you end up creating.
Making Acai berry bowls for all your friends? They’re so lucky! Just click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
Acai berry wiki:
- Açaí or acai? Technically the first one, but we're pretty casual around here.
- How to say Açaí: ah-sigh-EE
- What is acai? Açaí berries are the fruit of a tropical palm tree—Euterpe oleracea— grown in the South American Amazon (Brazil, Peru) and elsewhere (Suriname, Trinidad, Tobago). The berries are dark purple in color. In the United States, you can only find the processed pulp, which is sold freeze-dried, powdered, or frozen. Acai juice is also easy to find.
- Acai taste. What does acai taste like? Well, people describe the flavor of acai as a cross between a raspberry or blackberry and dark chocolate, without the sweetness. Other words used to describe acai: grainy, tart, rich, earthy. By the way, the flavors pop so much more when you add a little sweetener.
- Super Fruit Status. Like other berries, acai fruit is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids. When it first became a food trend in the 1990s, acai health benefits were wildly overestimated. Don’t get me wrong—it’s absolutely good for you and delicious— just like any other fresh berry. Just make sure you eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies, as well as a balanced diet.
- Where to buy acai. Look for frozen acai pulp, from brands like Sambazon, Amazon Planet, and Acai Roots, in the freezer aisle of well-stocked grocery stores. They’re conveniently sold in packages, already portioned into single serving “smoothie packs.” When you’re shopping for acai, look at the labels carefully. Some brands add a little sugar, guarana (used as a stimulant), or cacao powder to the fruit pulp. Other formulas are labeled “acai zero sugar.” Personal preference.
- Acai berry supplements, juice, and powder: Beyond the scope of my expertise. Check online or at your local health food store.
How to make an acai bowl:
Blissfully easy! To make this recipe, you need a blender or even better, a high-speed blender.
- To start, add the apple juice, banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and frozen acai purée to the blender.
- Blend until everything is throughly smooth. Add another cup of yogurt if you want a larger portion (4 cups instead of 3 cups).
- Then divide the acai berry smoothie between the bowls and make it as lovely as you can with all your favorite toppings.
Acai bowl toppings:
I like a variety of colors, flavors, and textures. The smoothie is soft, so don't be afraid to add some crunch!
- All the fruit. Heaps of berries. Pineapple chunks. Mango, kiwi, papaya, starfruit. Apples, oranges, and bananas too!
- Nuts or seeds. Toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, toasted coconut, cashews, or dukkah.
- Granola. Homemade or your favorite brand.
- Other tidbits. Cacao nibs, a drizzle of honey, chopped dates, or flowers if you’re fancy. Even micro greens or fresh mint.
Tips for making the best acai bowl at home:
- Vegan açaí bowl. Make it vegan with your favorite plant-based yogurt or silken tofu.
- Thicken it up. Freeze ripe, peeled bananas ahead of time, which will thicken a smoothie. Also, use a thicker (Greek-style) yogurt. Finally, if you have it, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to the blender to thicken it. Got a mango? Add half and watch that smoothie thicken up like crazy.
- Drink your greens. You can easily add a handful of fresh spinach or kale to your blender. You won't even know it's there!
- Make it sweet. This low sugar acai bowl uses banana and berries to sweeten it, but if you need a bit more, add a couple dates, some coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup to the blender.
- Perfect smoothie=perfectly layered blender. Want to learn how to make a smoothie without pushing the button a million times? Follow this order in the blender--not just for this berry bowl, but for all your smoothie endeavors!
- Liquid first, right into the bottom of the blender.
- Any sweeteners and powders. (Cacao, supplements, honey, etc.)
- Greens. Just in case you want to add leafy greens—add it here.
- Soft stuff. This includes yogurt, nut butter, fresh (not frozen) fruit, or tofu.
- Finally, the frozen stuff, like the acai or frozen banana. It goes on top.
- Then push that smoothie button and prepare for takeoff!
- Click a pic and send me that photo in the comments.
Easy Acai Bowl Recipe
- 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 puree broken into pieces
- Assorted toppings such fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, granola, etc.
- 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 1/2 cups smoothie each). Arrange desired toppings over smoothie and serve.