Acai Bowls is a breakfast smoothie in a bowl made to give you an energy boost. Perfect for a post-workout treatment or any morning to feel satisfied and start off on the right foot.
I got fashionable with you, I know. But let me tell you, all those cheese and bacon recipes are still here, but we balanced them out with some healthy elements. I’m not a gym rat at all, or super skinny and fit. I’ll eat something healthy and then I’ll have a pizza for dinner. However, I refuse to eat cardboard-flavored protein bars or shakes that require chewing or holding your nose.
I’m also generally better at making the right decisions in the morning, which is why breakfast is usually the healthiest meal of the day. And that’s how I ended up with these homemade acai bowls. My daughter loves making the “pretty special soup” and helps me out.
Acai bowls may be super trendy, but they’re also super cool! I finish mine with fresh fruit and crunchy cereal and BAM, I’ve hit my fruit, yogurt, and fiber quota for the day.
What is Acai?
I can’t see you but I bet money you’re saying the word right now ’cause nobody knows how to pronounce acai Phonetically it is ah-sah-EEbut no one will judge you if you call these smoothie bowls and call them a day.
Acai is a berry from the açaí palm, native to Central and South America. It’s about an inch long and bluish-purple in color, like a cross between a red grape and blueberries. Some studies show that acai is richer in antioxidants and fiber than any other berry, making it a powerful superfood. He stated that they are good for the digestive system, feeling full, skin, hair, nails, and general health, and have healthy fats, like avocado.
However, WebMD states that acai berries “have no known health benefits other than similar fruits.”
Where can I buy Acai?
But why don’t you see acai berries in the store? They are super hard to find! The first reason is that they do not have a very long shelf life after harvest and also because they are the healthiest immediately after harvest, like any fruit or vegetable.
But they are also a hassle to prepare. The acai berry is made up of 80% seeds and the rest is acai pulp. You can’t just put them in the blender like other berries, so now you need to chop and peel them. This recipe is supposed to be quick, so the other ways are much better.
So you’ll generally find them in three forms: frozen, pureed, or powdered. All three packs and punches and all three can be added to a large number of recipes. Although, if the recipe doesn’t call for it, keep in mind that the color will change drastically.
The next question is always: what does acai taste like? Most people describe them as earthy. They do not contain a lot of sugar and are not very sweet, but the taste is pleasant and almost like that of dark chocolate without sugar.
I like to use unsweetened for my acai bowl so I can sample the other flavors and still savor it, but if you need it to be sweet, go for the sugary stuff.
Acai Bowl Recipe
The beautiful magenta color comes from both the beets and the acai puree.
- acai puree– Find this in the frozen fruit section, it will be in smaller frozen packs or cubes. For this recipe, use them frozen or thawed. You can also swap with acai powder (1-2 tablespoons), but you’ll need to add more yogurt for the base. Acai packets can be found in the health food section, Trader Joe sells them for the best price I have found.
- Sliced canned beets– I cut corners here and opted for canned beets as I didn’t have time to roast and slice them!
- frozen strawberries- I only used frozen strawberries so I didn’t have to add more ice. Feel free to use fresh strawberries too. Really all frozen berries are a good choice and will make the best base for smoothies.
- Almond Milk and Vanilla- Use any type of milk you choose for extra protein and as a liquid. You can use cow’s milk and oat milk, as well as plain water, but the consistency will be smoother and easier to drink than in an actual smoothie bowl.
- vanilla yogurt– I used regular yogurt (as opposed to Greek yogurt) but the Greek was too much thought. Use plain if you really want to accentuate the acai flavors. Any berry flavor works too.
Ingredients for smoothies
My favorite ingredients include:
- Variety of fresh fruit– listen, I’m a food blogger, so making them beautiful is my job. There’s already plenty of fruit in the smoothie bowl. Add more fresh fruit if you like, but it’s certainly not necessary.
- Pecan Great Grains® Cereal – I used this type of granola cereal because I like to add nuts, but any type of granola works.
- Honey or agave nectar I just needed an extra touch of sweetness, so I drizzled some honey on mine. Skip if you’re looking to cut down on sugars. Maple syrup is another good swap, but it has a more intense flavor.
- chia seeds- or hemp seeds: I have a love/hate relationship with these bad boys. Use it at your discretion.
- coconut flakes– I’m not a big fan, it’s a texture thing, but feel free to add something. Make sure they aren’t sugary if your goal is the full healthy corner.
- cocoa nibs– Whenever I can add a variant of chocolate to my healthy breakfast, I am happy. It also adds texture.
Other variations include:
- Peanut Butter – I love peanut butter and it adds protein, but also covers up the natural acai flavor. Alternatively, almond butter.
- Apple juice or fresh apple slices: Skip the milk and use apple juice instead.
- Protein Powder – Another option to get more protein is to add a scoop of protein powder. Vanilla is better so as not to play with the natural flavors.
- Coconut Water – For a truly tropical acai smoothie bowl, substitute coconut water and yogurt for a coconut flavored liquid. Now all you need is a real vacation.
- Coconut Milk – An even more intense coconut flavor, but also best for a thick shake.
Bring the shake packs forward
Smoothies are generally not good to make ahead of time. That said, you can portion out all the ingredients except the milk and put them in individual plastic bags. Put everything in the blender with the milk and give it a little blitz.
Other smoothie recipes:
- mango and peach smoothie
- powerful fruit smoothie
Favorite Fall Green Smoothie A simple fall-inspired green smoothie. Banana Smoothie Add protein powder, peanut butter, chocolate, pineapple, strawberries or other delicious fruits to make your own banana smoothie! You can also change the flavor of the yogurt or go plain.
Acai bowl (smoothie bowl)
This Acai Bowl recipe is a great way to start your day in a colorful way with beets, acai, fruit, crunchy cereal and granola, and a drop of honey for sweetness. Prep Time5 min Total Time5 min Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: Acai Bowl, Smoothie Bowl, Beetroot Smoothie Servings: 2 Calories: 165kcal Author: Jessica Formicola Cook Mode Prevent screen from dimming
- 8 ounces of acai puree
- 8 ounces sliced beets, drained
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- fresh fruit
- 1/3 cup Pecan Great Grains® cereal
- honey or agave nectar
- In a high powered blender, combine acai puree, beets, strawberries, almond milk, and yogurt. Blend until you get a smooth and desired consistency. If it’s too velvety, add a handful of ice cubes. If it’s too thick, add another tablespoon of almond milk.
- Pour the acai mixture into a large bowl and garnish with fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey, and cereal.
- If you have tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it went in the comments or ratings.
Calories: 165kcal | Carbs: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3mg