Acai Bowls

a top-down photo of acai bowl garnished with fresh fruit

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.
a close-up photo of an acai bowl
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.

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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.
a photo collage showing two brands of acai frozen packets
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.
a close-up overhead photo of an acai bowl topped with fruit and nuts
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.

 

Acai Bowls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 bowls

Made with the super fruit from Brazil, these acai bowls are slightly thicker than a regular smoothie and topped with fresh fruits, granola, and nuts for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Optional Toppings

  • fresh fruit of your choice
  • granola
  • shredded coconut
  • sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. 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.

  2. Pour into bowls and top with granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, or whatever else you desire.

Notes:

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.

Nutrition Facts
Acai Bowls
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%
Sugars 20.2g
Protein 0.9g 2%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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.

 

14 comments on “Acai Bowls”

  1. I’ve been seeing these bowls everywhere. We have local cafe that serves acai bowls (shocker) haha! I haven’t tried one, your recipe looks delicious! 

    • you should definitely try one! it’s similar to eating a smoothie with a spoon, but a little bit thicker, and lots of yummy granola in it =)

  2. I have not tried acai bowls, so thanks for the recipe. BTW, there’s lots of other (yummy) reasons to go to Hawaii: Poke, plate lunches, maladadas, …

  3. hmm the acai prices don’t seem too bad if you can make two bowls with two packets. i have frozen blueberries at home that need to be used so i think i’ll surprise the husband/relatives with this for labor day! 🙂

    • Yeah, it really depends on how much fruit you add to your packets. if you don’t add anything, then 2 packets is about one big bowl, but if you add other fruits (which helps the flavor and adds a natural sweetness), you can make two bowls. especially if you already have fresh and frozen fruit, which I always do, it’s pretty cheap to just buy the packets rather than going out to buy the bowls at a cafe.

  4. I love a good acai bowl for breakfast or lunch on the weekends. Since I love them so much, I have to make them at home otherwise I’d go broke! Have you tried making pitaya bowls? I always want to buy the frozen packs at the store but I’m not sure how it would taste at home. The recipe calls for banana and I’m afraid the banana will overpower the dragon fruit flavor

    • I have made pitaya bowls =) I actually love them even more because of the pretty pink and the natural sweetness of pitaya. I did it with 1/2 a banana, and I don’t think it overwhelmed. One full banana might be too much though.

  5. TC is obsessed with acai bowls. I ought some frozen acai packs at Costco for her so she could make her own. I don’t remember the brand though.

  6. Your bowls look so delicious!!!! They’re making me want to leave work ASAP and make myself one….

  7. I know this is an older thread, but I was wondering if you have a preference of acai brands: Do you like the Sambazon or the Amazon Planet frozen acai better? I can’t get Amazon Planet locally, so I would have to order it, but I like the fact that they use no fillers at all in their unsweetened acai. Sambazon always tastes too tart for me (the citric acid, I think).

    • I like them both. Though I usually get Sambazon as I can get it in bulk at Costco. In terms of sweetness, they seem to be about the same for me.

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