If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious breakfast option that tastes great and is easy to make at home, this acai bowl recipe might be the perfect fit.
Acai bowls are a delicious and healthy breakfast option that you can make at home with just a few ingredients. This is sure to become one of your go-to easy recipes!
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What is acai?
Acai is the small berry of the acai palm tree that grows in Central and South America. It can be easily purchased at local grocery stores or health food stores.
It usually comes in frozen acai packets as a puree that has a deep purple color. However, it can also be purchased freeze-dried as acai powder.
Acai is a great source of antioxidants, and it’s also packed with healthy fat and fiber that will help keep you full throughout the morning, which makes it a great addition to any breakfast. A perfect way to enjoy acai is by making smoothie bowls that are topped with fruit and granola.
What does acai taste like?
Acai has a unique flavor that’s difficult to describe. It tastes somewhat like a tart raspberry or blackberry, but it tastes much richer.
Acai can also taste like dark chocolate or cranberries, depending on how you prepare it and what it's mixed with. The acai berry is definitely worth trying if you haven’t already!
How to make the best acai smoothie bowls
The best way to make your own acai bowl is by using frozen fruit. The blended frozen fruit will give your smoothie bowl a texture that’s very similar to soft-serve ice cream but without the added sugar or dairy.
Here's what you'll need to make it:
- frozen acai puree - be sure to look for unsweetened
- frozen banana - always keep over ripe bananas in the freezer for making smoothies
- almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or your non-dairy milk of choice
- frozen berries - I like a mix of blueberry and strawberry, but you can use any type of mixed berries
- Optional toppings: kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, chocolate chips, granola, cacao nibs, nuts, chia seeds, pepitas, shredded coconut, almond butter
To make the acai smoothie recipe, add all of your ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. You're basically making an extra thick smoothie.
Add as much or as little milk as you want, depending on how thick and creamy you would like your acai smoothie bowl to be.
Once the mixture is smooth, you can either drink it if you make it a slightly thinner smoothie or serve it in a bowl if you make it thicker.
If you’re serving it in a bowl, pour the mixture into a bowl and top with your desired toppings. My favorite ways to top it are with granola and fruit or almond butter with berries and cacao nibs!
Variations to try
If you want to add a scoop of protein powder, blend in collagen powder or your favorite protein.
You can also change up the flavor of your acai bowl by blending different fruit and flavors into the base.
Try adding a few frozen cranberries to your acai berry smoothie or cacao powder for a chocolate version. Adding either of these when you blend it will complement and bring out the flavor of the acai.
Experiment with your favorite toppings in different combinations. Go for a mix of tastes and textures to make your smoothie bowl delicious and satisfying.
Anything that you would put on yogurt would make a great topping for your smoothie bowl. Be sure to try different types of fresh and dried fruit, nut butters, and crunchy toppings.
It's super easy to make your own healthy granola topping that's not loaded with sugar. Here are a few of my favorite homemade grain-free, oat free granola recipes:
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Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- your choice of fruit, granola, nut butter
- Add the milk, acai, berries, banana and collagen if using to a high power blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mixture into bowls and top with your desired toppings.