How to Make Acai Bowls – Acai bowls are loaded with goodness (and color!). They’re so easy, and the topping ideas are endless. A perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
Updated Feb 2017
I’ve been on the acai bowl train for a few years and they’re decidedly one of my favorite things. I love all the color, I love knowing I’m getting a powerhouse dose of vitamins and nutrients, and they’re just plain fun to cover with toppings.
We eat these ALL the time when the weather warms up (which for us is like 10/12ths of the year), and can’t get enough. They’re easy as can be, and they’re perfect for a healthy breakfast or refreshing snack.
The beauty is that, just like any smoothie, you can make them a little bit differently every time you enjoy one. Maybe you’ll drizzle one with some almond butter, or swap out the banana for mango or peaches. They’re great with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, seeds, and more. A few of our favorites…
- Fresh berries – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
- Banana slices
- Fresh mango or peaches
- Coconut chips
- Almonds or macadamia nuts
- Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Chia seeds or hemp seeds
- Granola or “nut-ola” (grain-free granola)
- Almond butter or this nut and seed butter
Basically, we load them up with as much goodness as possible before diving in face first!
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- For one acai bowl:
- 1 packet frozen acai
- 1 frozen banana, sliced (can sub 1 cup peaches or mango)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup water (or additional juice), if needed
- Topping ideas:
- Fresh berries
- Nuts and Seeds
- Coconut Chips
- Run the acai packet under some water for 5-10 seconds, until it starts to loosen from the package. Cut the package open and squeeze out the acai into your blender. Add banana, orange juice and water. Puree until completely smooth, adding more water or juice as necessary.
- Top with your favorite toppings!
Leftovers? No problem. We love freezing the leftovers of this or any smoothie by pouring them into a popsicle mold and pulling them out for snack later. Acai popsicles are magic on a hot afternoon!
Not a banana fan? Don’t worry. These are also great with 1 cup peaches or 1 cup mango for a bit of creaminess and texture.
Let’s talk liquid. My favorite is orange juice because I feel like the citrus really wakes things up. You can also do these with yogurt, coconut milk, sparkling water (like La Croix), or any kind of juice you fancy (apple, grape, etc.) I do love a citrus twist, so I sometimes add some fresh lime juice. Holy yum.
Where and What to Buy. We can buy acai packets in bulk at our Costco for a great price, but I also find them at Sprouts and Whole Foods, though sometimes they’ll pop up at a Kroger or Safeway. Sambazon is the brand I find most often. They come in a sweetened, unsweetened, and greens-boosted varieties and are usually by the frozen fruit.
Need a Blender? I can’t say enough good things about my Blendtec. I bought a refurbished one several years ago and more than 925 blends in (it has a counter), it’s still going strong as can be. Check Amazon, Costco, or Sam’s Club to compare prices, or try buying a refurbished one straight from Blendtec.