Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries
Acai bowls are packed full of antioxidants and fun to make with a variety of berry or mixed fruit toppings. You can make an acai bowl in just a few minutes with frozen acai packets or powdered acai – either works!
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 Southern California where you can find them in nearly every beach town. But even if you’re not close to an acai bowl store, you can easily make them at home (hooray). Let me show you how.
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What is Acai?
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.
The dark purple color of acai is an indicator that it’s loaded with polyphenols and anthocyanins (a flavanoid pigment also found in beets, blackberries and blueberries) and packed full of antioxidants. In fact, acai has the highest level of anthocyanins which is why some consider it a superfood. Even more, acai is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and fiber.
Needless to say, if you’ve never had an acai bowl you’re in for a sweet treat.
How to Make and Acai Bowl
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.
So toss the acai into a high-powered blender (like my favorite Vitamix) and add a banana, some homemade cashew milk, a few tablespoons of homemade almond butter and collagen for protein goodness. But the beauty of acai bowls are how easily customizable they are, so feel free to tweak.
Once you’ve made your acai bowl comes the fun part – the toppings! Add mixed berries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, cacao nibs or anything else that add texture, crunch, protein or nutrients. It’s your smoothie bowl, so have fun with it.
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.
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Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries
The acai bowl is a delicious smoothie bowl recipe loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Watch my video above to see how quickly it comes together!
- 2 packets unsweetened frozen acai
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- bee pollen
- chia seeds
- coconut flakes
- mixed berries
- hemp seeds (optional)
- cacao nibs (optional)
- Place all of the acai bowl ingredients together in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into two bowls and top with mixed fruit and a variety of toppings.
If you opt for acai powder rather than frozen acai packets, I recommend freezing your banana to keep your acai bowl nice and thick.
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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