Perfect Acai Bowl 2






Learn how to make a thick and creamy acai bowl at home in just 5 minutes! It’s a healthy and refreshing snack or breakfast that you may personalize with your own toppings.

If you want to make your own acai bowl at home, you’ve come to the right place since I have the perfect basic recipe to whip up an awesome acai bowl whenever you have a need!




What is acai?
Before we get into how to prepare an awesome acai bowl, you should first grasp what acai is. Acai (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”) is a tiny, dark purple fruit that grows in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. It is frequently referred to as a “superfood,” due to its nutritional profile, which includes:

Perfect Acai Bowl 2
Perfect Acai Bowl 2





Antioxidants: Acai berries are high in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which give them their brilliant purple color. These antioxidants fight free radicals (oxidative stress) in the body, potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Acai is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, A, and potassium, which promote overall health and immune support (source). Acai berries contain healthful lipids, particularly monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, which can improve heart health. (Source) Acai is high in fiber, which promotes digestive health and helps you feel full and content. (Source)Acai that has been pulped and frozen is commonly seen in grocery stores. However, be cautious to read the package label because some manufacturers add sugar to their acai. Acai powder is also available for purchase, typically in the supplement area.




What is an acai bowl?
Okay, now that we know what acai is, let’s speak about acai bowls. They are basically acai-based smoothie bowls. Imagine a velvety, berry-flavored frozen delight that is both decadent and nutritious. This is the essence of an acai bowl. It’s a delicious combination of flavors and textures, with the richness of the acai puree complementing a variety of toppings ranging from fresh fruits and nuts to granola and honey.

Acai Bowl Ingredients:
This acai bowl’s base requires only five simple ingredients. Then you may be creative with the toppings. Here’s all you need:

Unsweetened acai packets – These packets contain frozen acai puree. I really prefer the Sambazon brand and always purchase the unsweetened variety. The sweetened packs contain a lot of sugar!




Frozen bananas offer natural sweetness to smoothie bowls while also making them thick and creamy. If you don’t like bananas, try 1 cup frozen mango instead! Make careful you freeze your bananas after they have been peeled. You can freeze them in cubes or cut them once frozen.

Nondairy milk – I prefer unsweetened almond or oat milk, but you can use whichever milk you have on hand. You simply need a small amount of liquid for this smoothie.
frozen mixed berries – You can use whichever frozen berries you have on hand. I normally use a frozen berry blend, but frozen blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries all work well. You can also use fresh fruit, but frozen fruit makes the smoothie bowl thicker.




Look for natural peanut butter that contains simply peanuts and salt. If you are allergic to peanuts or nuts, you can use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. You can even skip the nut butter entirely.

Bowl

Perfect Acai Bowl 2
Perfect Acai Bowl 2

To make an acai bowl, start by blending acai, banana chunks, berries, and peanut butter. Turn your blender on low, gradually raising the speed as everything begins to combine. Use the tamper on your blender to move things around. This may take some time because everything is frozen and the smoothie bowl will be thick (which is exactly what we want). Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to achieve the desired consistency.




Step 2: Once everything is incorporated and smooth, transfer your blended smoothie to a bowl and top with your favorite toppings, such as granola, banana slices, fresh fruit, and, if wanted, an extra drizzle of peanut butter.

Acai Bowl Toppings
Feel free to be creative with your toppings! Most smoothie establishments decorate their bowls with sliced bananas, fresh berries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and even chocolate nibs. Of course, you can be creative with your favorite toppings. Here are a few ideas:




For added crunch, sprinkle over granola or unsweetened coconut flakes.
Add more fresh berries – sliced strawberries or fresh blueberries work well!
Fresh banana slices look great arranged in a row on top.
Sliced kiwis (or kiwi flowers) make a lovely acai bowl topper.
For an added boost of protein and fiber, sprinkle in some chia or flax seeds.
Add a drizzle of nut butter on top. I enjoy using peanut or almond butter.
For a creative twist, layer chia pudding inside the acai bowl.

Ingredients  





2 unsweetened acai packets

1 frozen banana, in chunks

¼ cup non-dairy milkif needed




½ cup frozen mixed berries

1 Tablespoon peanut butter(or nut butter of choice)

toppings of choice: a drizzle of nut butter, granola, berries, banana slices, chia seeds etc.




Perfect Acai Bowl 2
Perfect Acai Bowl 2

Instructions 

Let frozen acai packets sit out at room temperature for a couple minutes, just enough for the packaging to loosen. Remove from package and cut or break the frozen pack into pieces.
Add acai, banana chunks, berries and peanut butter into your blender.




Pop the lid on your blender and begin on low, slowly increasing speed as everything starts to combine. Use the tamper on your blender to push things around. This might take a bit just because everything is frozen and the smoothie bowl will be thick (but this is what we want)! Add milk 1 Tablespoon at a time as needed to reach desired consistency.
Once everything is combined and smooth, scoop your blended smoothie into a bowl and top with granola, banana slices, fresh fruit and an extra drizzle of peanut butter, if desired.

Notes





Thick smoothie bowls can be hard to make unless you have a high-powered blender with a tamper. The tamper is critical for pushing the ingredients around and you definitely need a machine that has power when you’re working through this amount of frozen fruit. I’ve found that my Vitamix blender works great for smoothie bowls like this one!

Banana – don’t like banana? Swap the banana for 1 cup frozen mango.

 

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