Homemade Acai Bowl

Love acai bowls but don’t want to leave your house? This homemade acai bowl recipe is incredibly delicious and easy to make.

Do you love acai bowls? I don’t remember the exact first time I had an acai bowl, but I do remember I was smitten at first bite. That creamy, frosty purple smoothie is inexplicably delicious. And with a colorful confetti of toppings, it’s different in every bite. Acai bowls are becoming quite popular in the US, after originating in Brazil. They’re a perfect healthy breakfast or snack: but for us, they’re every bit as satisfying as a decadent dessert too! Acai bowls are easy to make at home.

Said one follower on Instagram who tested it for us: “Made your acai bowl recipe for breakfast today and OH MY! I’ve never had one that I’ve enjoyed as much as this. This was so perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it too!” Keep reading for our homemade acai bowl recipe it’s the ultimate all natural treat (that happens to be refined sugar free).

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What is an acai bowl?

So, what is an acai bowl? If you’ve never had one, it’s a smoothie bowl with the smoothie made from acai berries. The bowl is loaded with toppings like fruit, granola, coconut and almond butter. Where does acai come from? Acai berries actually 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 as a healthy breakfast or snack. Acai berries are known as a superfood, and are loaded with antioxidants and lots of other nutrients. Many restaurants and food trucks in the US serve acai bowls, but they are very easy to make at home with our homemade acai bowl recipe.

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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 a local grocery. Sambazon is a well-known brand that sells acai and has sustainable harvesting practices.

How to make an acai bowl

How to make this homemade acai bowl recipe? It’s very simple, with just one special ingredient and a few tricks!

  • Prep the toppings before making the bowl to minimize melting. We topped our homemade acai bowl with toasted coconut, diced mango, and sliced strawberries.
  • Blend the pineapple, banana and mango until somewhat combined and chunky.
  • Add the acai to the blender with the lime juice and 1/4 cup cold water. Blend until smooth, stopping and stirring as necessary.
  • Pour the acai mixture into the frozen bowls. Top with the prepared fruit, coconut, pepitas, and other toppings. Serve immediately.

Tips for the best acai bowl

As mentioned above, packs of frozen acai pulp are becoming widely available in the US at mainstream grocery stores. When you use the acai pulp, thaw it under warm water until it’s easy to break into pieces, then remove from the plastic wrap. This way, it will be easier to blend into a smoothie.

For this homemade acai bowl recipe, it’s easiest to have a high speed blender to blend the smoothie. However, a standard blender works just as well! You just might need to stop and stir the blender a bit more. If desired you can also add just a little more water to the smoothie, but it’s best when it is thick and doesn’t have too much water added.

We’ve added a few of our favorite smoothie bowl tricks to this homemade acai bowl recipe. To minimize melting: freeze your bowl while you make the smoothie! Also, prepare your acai bowl toppings first. Since you’ll want to eat the homemade acai bowl right away after blending, it’s best to have all the toppings prepped and ready to go!

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This homemade acai bowl recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, plant based, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Love acai bowls but don’t want to leave your house? This homemade acai bowl recipe is incredibly delicious and easy to make.


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Ingredients

For the toppings

  • 1 handful coconut flakes
  • 1/2 mango, diced (or 1/2 cup frozen diced, thawed)
  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • 1 small handful blueberries
  • 1 small handful pepitas
  • Bee pollen, optional
  • Other toppings: Granola, almonds, pecans, walnuts, almond butter, peanut butter, chia seeds, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup

For the acai bowl

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 mango (or 1/2 cup frozen diced)
  • 7 ounces frozen unsweetened acai pulp (such as Sambazon)*
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Place your bowls in the freezer: this will help to keep the acai from melting while enjoying it.
  2. Prep the toppings (before making the bowl, again to minimize melting): In a small skillet, toast the coconut over low to medium low heat until golden brown, stirring often. Immediately remove to a bowl. Dice the mango and reserve half for the acai. Slice the strawberries.
  3. In a large high speed or regular blender, blend the pineapple, banana and mango until somewhat combined and chunky.
  4. Thaw the acai pulp under warm water until it can be broken into smaller chunks, then remove the packaging. Add the acai to the blender with the lime juice and 1/4 cup cold water. Blend until smooth, stopping and stirring as necessary. (If you need a bit more water you can add it; try not to add too much in order to keep the acai texture thick. A high speed blender will work well here; with a regular blender you’ll have to stop and stir more.)
  5. Pour the acai mixture into the frozen bowls. Top with the fruit, coconut, pepitas, and other toppings. Serve immediately.

Notes

*We’ve found this acai pulp in the frozen section at several of our local grocery stores.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Tropical

Keywords: Acai Bowl, Homemade Acai Bowl, Acai Bowl Recipe, Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegan Breakfast Ideas, Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Snack

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog 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.

Alex Overhiser

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 recipe 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.

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