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Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries

Acai bowls are packed full of antioxidants. Common here in California, they’re easily customizable, but today I’ve opted for a classic acai bowl with mixed fruit.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

When I was in Chicago last week someone asked me if I miss having distinct seasons living in California. My answer (without even hesitating) – nope, not at all. I’m a warm weather girl, through and through. I guess you could say it’s in my DNA. It’s also why I’ve chased the sun across the globe for a year of perpetual summer and why my explorer soul has me yearning for destinations full of sunshine, beaches and palm trees.

Now that spring has sprung in Cali, I’m already switching gears from heavier, wintry meals to fruity smoothie bowls. You guys know I love my smoothie bowls (see: mango, cherry, pitaya and green smoothie), but shockingly I didn’t yet have a recipe for an acai bowl.

Acai bowls are the quintessential smoothie bowl. Especially in California.

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If you’ve never had an acai bowl, you’re in for a sweet treat. Acai (pronounced a-sigh-ee) is a small, round, purplish berry from the acai palm. Acai palms are native to Brazil and the upper parts of South America, as well as Trinidad, an island that’s been on my “to visit” list for a while.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

A few years back, acai became the new exotic “superfood” – and while the fervor may have since died down, I still love acai for it’s fruity flavor, antioxidants and nutrients. When you add mixed berries and a variety of toppings, you get a delicious, berry-packed, cooling smoothie bowl that starts your day right. And all you have to do is throw it all together in a blender. Super easy.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

I made this smoothie bowl with frozen acai puree, but you could also use acai powder. If you grab the frozen acai puree, make sure to get unsweetened. There’s no need for added sugar considering the sweetness of all the fruit. Then, I added a few tablespoons of homemade almond butter and collagen for protein goodness, but the beauty of acai bowls are how easily customizable they are.

I love acai bowls for all their chewy goodness, but if you’re looking for something sippable make sure to check out my strawberry acai smoothie.

Next week I’m heading to New York, where the weather is rainy and cool, so this week I’m soaking up the 80 degree, blissful SoCal sunshine and enjoying my fruity acai bowl.

Enjoy!

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Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

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Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries

The acai bowl is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. Make it your own with a variety of toppings!

Ingredients

toppings

Directions

  1. Place all of the acai bowl ingredients together in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two bowls and top with mixed fruit and a variety of toppings.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 servings, Serving Size: 1 bowl

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 224.6
  • Total Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 117.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 4.8g
  • Sugar: 13.7g
  • Protein: 9.6g
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22 comments on “Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries”

  1. Wow that is one gorgeous looking bowl! Almost too pretty to eat! I am loving this – finally get to use all my berries up and I’m actually kinda super pumped to be eating a bit more healthier too.

    Rating: 5
  2. I love these bowls, but I don’t know why I never think to make them. Those toppings sound so yummy!

  3. I would love waking up to this acai smoothie bowl – it looks delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  4. I can wake up to this bowl everyday. This looks super delicious and healthy. I have never tried bee pollen before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’m all about the acai bowls – but honestly I usually buy them over making them. Thanks so much for the easy recipe!

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  8. What a beautifully enticing breakfast. Love all your topping combinations.

  9. Perfect for the Queensland weather!! It is still quite hot here and acai bowls are very popular breakfast here. I have acai powder in my pantry, so will try this very soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe <3

  10. Super healthy and packed full of goodness. Love all the hemp seeds as well as the acai

  11. Its funny I lived in Rio when I was about 12 for abut a year and I remember how common acai bowls were and in the last couple of years they have boomed everywhere. I really like that you topped yours with bee pollen its great with spring for allergies.

  12. Açai bowls are definitely a worthy trend – delicious, gorgeous, and so versatile! Love your recipe. And keep enjoying the warm weather for me! It’s FINALLY starting to warm up here, but you obviously have me beat with the temperatures, haha ;)