Acai bowls are all the rage and now that outside temperatures are rising, consumers on both U.S. coasts are starting to crave the delicious and nutritious light meal or snack. Not only are acai bowls fun to look at, they’re also fun to eat, and they’re not half bad for you, either. As Nutrition Stripped helpfully points out, acai bowls are composed of “frozen acai with mixed frozen fruit,” and the combo is often supplemented by any number of additional toppings. The acai berry itself is a hybrid between the cranberry, raspberry, and raisin, and it is packed full of nutrients and flavor, making it the ideal base for the popular fruit smoothie.
The problem with acai bowls is that they often come at a high price tag, so the key to enjoying your frozen treats and saving money, too, is mastering them at home. Though many consumers are intimidated by the idea of making their own acai bowls, there are a number of recipes circulating around the web that helpfully break down the steps for you. Check out these 5 formulas for the homemade acai bowl and see how refreshing and delicious the frozen berry smoothie can taste.
1. Acai Berry Bowl
The first formula comes from Nutrition Stripped, and the recipe developer behind this Acai Berry Bowl enlists both fruit and greens in her blender, along with coconut milk and chia seeds. Frozen bananas also play a starring role, and any number of additional toppings can be added, including coconut flakes, nut butter, additional berries, and other frozen fruit. Your berry bowl will come out creamy and rich, and you can always add more frozen bananas or ice to obtain your desired thickness.
- 1 packet of frozen organic acai berry pulp
- 2 heaping handfuls of organic spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (soaked for at least 20 minutes in some of the coconut milk)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Ice as needed to thicken
Directions: Simply add all ingredients into your high-speed blender until thick and creamy.
2. Acai Breakfast Bowl
This next acai bowl formula is featured on Food Network, and it too calls for acai puree and bananas; however, it also brings honey and granola into the mix. Acai Breakfast Bowls are the perfect morning meals to start out your day on a healthy note, and they are just as fun to look at as they are to eat. Coming together in just 5 minutes or less, there’s no reason you can’t make time to make this acai bowl your new breakfast treat.
- 2 (4-ounce) packets unsweetened frozen acai puree
- 1 medium banana
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons granola
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
Directions: Break the frozen acai up a little by slapping the sealed packets on the countertop or hitting them with a meat mallet. Blend the berries with half the banana, ¼ cup of the blueberries and the honey in the blender, stopping to stir and break up the mixture as needed, until it’s the consistency of a thick smoothie; transfer to a cereal bowl.
Slice the remaining ½ banana. Arrange the slices, the remaining ¼ cup blueberries, granola, pomegranate seeds, and coconut flakes in neat piles or rows on top of the acai.
3. Banana Cacao Avocado Acai Bowl
Buckle your seatbelts — this next acai bowl formula from Hummusapien enlists cacao powder and avocado to make your smoothie snack dreams come true. Alexis’s version of the acai bowl is a chocolaty one, and her version also veers to the sweet side thanks to the helpful additional of naturally sweet dates. Next time you’re craving something sweet, blend up one of these Banana Cacao Avocado Acai Bowls and appease your sweet tooth without devastating your diet.
- 1 frozen unsweetened acai pack
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 large overripe frozen banana
- 1 pitted Medjool date
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- ¼ of an avocado
Directions: Break acai pack into fourths using a sharp knife. Place acai along with the rest of the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
4. Banana Berry Acai Bowl
Aside from the acai, the star ingredient in this recipe is strawberries. Making the bowl bright, beautiful, and colorful, the strawberries pair perfectly with bananas and raspberries to yield a super smoothie bursting with flavor. This recipe comes from House of Yumm, and unlike the other food formulas previously mentioned on our list, it calls for acai juice, rather than frozen acai or acai puree. You should be able to find this juice in the produce section of your grocery market, and trust us when we say it is well worth the trip. The acai juice will combine beautifully with bananas, raspberry, and strawberries, resulting in the smoothie bowl of your dreams, and it will cool you down without filling you out.
- 6 ounces acai juice
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup fresh strawberries
- ¼ banana
- 2 tablespoons granola
Directions: In a blender, or processor, add the acai juice, frozen banana, and frozen strawberries. Mix until fully combined, no lumps. Add more juice or more frozen strawberries to get the desired consistency.
5. Tropical Mango Banana Acai Bowl
Lastly, try this Tropical Mango Banana Acai Bowl from Low Fat Vegan Chef. It promises to transport you right to the tropics, regardless of whether you are enjoying your acai bowl under the fluorescent lights of your office or at home. Mango, apple juice, and frozen acai make up the bowl, and the recommended toppings include granola, banana, (more) mango, blueberries, and honey. It’s completely up to you how you decide to customize your homemade acai smoothie — the possibilities are endless and are all delicious.
- ½ cup apple juice
- 2 (100 gram) packets of frozen acai
- ¾ cup frozen mango
- ⅓ to ½ cup low fat granola of choice
- ½ to 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup fresh ripe mango, diced
- Handful of blueberries or other berries
- Drizzle of honey or agave
Directions: Remove packets of acai and frozen bananas from freezer. Slice the mango, slice the banana, and wash the blueberries and set aside.
Add apple juice to your blender. Break up the frozen acai into smaller pieces and cut the plastic open and pour into blender. Add the mango. Blend on low or pulse to break up the frozen fruit. Stop blending when smooth. Add toppings of choice.