Acai bowls have been all the rage for the past two years. Made with the super fruit from Brazil, acai berries are pureed and blended with other fruits to a slightly thicker than smoothie consistency and then topped with fresh fruits, granola, and nuts for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Acai bowls seem to be offered at every juice, coffee, or health conscious cafe in San Diego, with prices ranging between $6-8. But it’s actually really easy to make at home and much cheaper. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do it earlier. I got the inspiration from my food blogger friend Tina of Just Putzing Around the Kitchen.
I’ve been on an unhealthy eating spiral these last few weeks and decided it was time for a reset. This time I decided to force Mr. K to participate with me. I knew there was no way he’d go for a full on juice cleanse, so I started him off easy with two days of mandatory clean and healthy eating. During those two days we ate a lot of acai bowls. They were delicious and even Mr. K got on board, though he also filled his with a lot of granola. He also may have snuck a few pieces of candy in during the clean eating days.
I’m glad we did it though because I feel like I’m back in control of my candy eating habit which was reaching dangerous new levels.
Frozen acai puree is available at Whole Foods. Make sure you buy the unsweetened pure packets. I prefer Amazon Planet or Sambazon. One package usually comes with four packets and costs between $5-7. I usually use two packets at a time blended with other fruit to make two fairly decent sized acai bowls.
You can play around with different fruits to get different flavors and different colors. The acai puree has a violet color. This particular one I photographed here has frozen blueberries mixed in which gave it a brighter purple shade.
By the way, the plumerias in the photos are from my garden. Every time I see them, I think of Hawaii, which makes me really want to revisit Hawaii. I hear there are a lot of acai bowls there too. I don’t think that’s a strong enough of a reason to justify a trip though.
- 2 packets of unsweetened frozen acai puree
- 1/2 medium banana see note
- 2 tbsp coconut milk see note
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit see note
- fresh fruit of your choice
- shredded coconut
- sliced almonds
In a high powered blender, blend acai, banana, milk and frozen fruit (if using). Make sure to run frozen acai packets under warm water for about 5-10 seconds and break into smaller pieces before adding to the blender. Blend until consistency is slightly thicker than a smoothie.
Pour into bowls and top with granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, or whatever else you desire.
I prefer to use 1/2 of a medium-sized banana, but a whole one will make your base thicker and sweeter.
I like coconut milk, but another liquid of your choice such as soy milk, almond milk, or regular milk will work well, too.
You can add other frozen fruit to change the base flavor of the smoothie and make it sweeter, but this is optional. I like to add blueberries or mangos.
The nutrition estimate does not include the additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit or the toppings. I used the Sambazon brand of acai. If you use a different brand the nutrition estimates may vary.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.4g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 17.5mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 28.9g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
Protein 0.9g 2%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.