It’s officially summer, and our latest invention for the season is these acai bowl popsicles! What’s a better summer project than healthy homemade popsicles? Homemade popsicles are a perfect activity for both kids and adults. And these acai bowl popsicles are easy and delicious, loaded with fruit but no refined sugar. They’re a play on the popular acai bowl, one of my favorite foods. I’ve had refreshing acai bowls just about everywhere, from Indianapolis to Nashville to a food truck in Montana. Here, Alex and I have taken the flavor of an acai bowl and made it into superfood popsicle form! Because who wouldn’t want to eat an acai bowl…on a stick? Keep reading for how to make homemade popsicles, in the style of that ulta delicious smoothie bowl.
*This post is especially for Popsicle Week, a fun week organized by Billy of Wit & Vinegar where food bloggers around world make popsicle recipes — just for fun! Click over for all the new popsicle recipes.
How much do you love acai bowls? Or have you never had one? Tell us in the comments below.
Wait, what’s an acai bowl?
If you’re never had an acai bowl, it’s a smoothie bowl made with the superfood acai berries. Many times the bowls are sprinkled with toppings like fruit, granola, coconut and almond butter. The berries grow on palm trees and are native to Brazil. Acai bowls are a popular dish in Brazil, and they’ve now become very popular here in the US because of their apparent health properies. Acai berries are known as a superfood, and are loaded with antioxidants and lots of other nutrients. There are lots of superfoods that are just as great and easier to access here in the US (blueberries, for example), but the acai berry brings a unique flavor and is fun to experiment with!
How do I find acai?
Acai berries are native to Brazil, but due to the popularity of acai bowls, packs of frozen acai pulp are now widely available online or even in stores. We found acai pulp packs at our local Whole Foods. Sambazon is a well-known brand that sells acai and has sustainable harvesting practices.
How to make homemade popsicles?
Making homemade popsicles is a fun summer project and allows you to customize your pops to flavors you could never find at the store! You can also control the added sugar and ingredients to make for healthier popsicles. All you need to make healthy homemade popsicles is a popsicle mold: here’s the popsicle mold that we use.
For this acai bowl popsicle recipe, we’ve used frozen acai pulp (see above), frozen pineapple, apple juice, and a bit of maple syrup. Because freezing a popsicle decreases the perception of sweetness, this mixture is a lot sweeter than we’d make a typical acai bowl. Take note that if you try the unfrozen mixture, it will taste much sweeter than the frozen popsicle. This is something we’ve learned while researching how to make popsicles with fruit.
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This acai bowl popsicle recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, plant based, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.Print
Love both acai bowls and healthy homemade popsicles? These acai bowl popsicles are an easy homemade popsicle recipe, full of fruit and refined sugar free.
7 ounces frozen unsweetened acai pulp
1 1/4 cups apple juice
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
3/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup granola
Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
Remove the acai pulp from the package (running it under warm water for a few seconds helps). Break each package into a few pieces and place it in a blender. Blend with the apple juice until smooth.
Add the pineapple and syrup and blend again until smooth.
Place the raspberries in a small bowl and loosely chop them with scissors.
Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, leaving about 1/2” of space at the top. Place the raspberries and then a bit of granola into the top of each mold.
Place the popsicle sticks in the centers, and freeze for about 3 hours until frozen solid. When frozen solid, run the pops under warm water to remove them from the molds. If desired, sprinkle with coconut before serving (it’s more for a garnish and quite a bit falls off, but it looks cute!).
Keywords: Popsicle, Acai Bowl, Naturally Sweet, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Fruit, Juice, Acai
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.