[Healthy Smoothies] How to Make an Acai Bowl ­+ 3 Easy Acai Bowl Recipes

How to Make an Acai Bowl ­+ 3 Easy Acai Bowl Recipes

Acai bowls are a super yummy and extremely healthy all-in-one power breakfast. Here’s how to make them, plus three acai bowl recipes.

Dieting takes discipline. Losing weight is a battle won in the head more than in the gut because following dietary restrictions requires mental and will power. It may surprise you, but it actually takes 20% of your daily calorie intake to fuel the powerful piece of equipment that is your brain.

But, here is some real good news you have probably waited for, maybe even without knowing.

There is a power breakfast perfect for your brain and body — one that your palate will adore and both your gut and skin will thank you for.

This power breakfast is the acai bowl which includes the fiber, antioxidants and healthy omega fatty acids that your body craves all packaged in one mouth-watering dessert-like meal.

What the keto diet is for people who love fatty foods, the acai bowl is for those who love ice cream with fruit and delicious garnishments.

Having the acai bowl for breakfast may seem like a guilty pleasure, but we can assure you that it is a completely guilt-free way to start the day.

Plus, since one of the secrets to weight loss is satiety, a filling acai bowl for breakfast can be your secret weapon for shedding pounds — the nuts, seeds and rolled oats it contains are sure to satisfy you and keep you full longer. Especially, if kept low-sugar and low-carb as suggested in our acai bowl weight loss recipe at the end of this article, the acai bowl essentially is yet another great healthy weight loss smoothie.

But, before you start drooling, let’s cover a few basics about this delicious treat.

What is Acai?

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee, by the way) is a berry that grows naturally in the Brazilian rainforest where the acai palm tree has its natural habitat.

It is a one-inch round fruit with signature purple skin and yellow flesh that has become a refrigerator staple for most wellness enthusiasts.

Acai Benefits: Superfood and Antioxidant Powerhouse

The grape-like acai berry tastes naturally sweet while actually being very low in sugar (exactly 0 gram to be precise). Ice cream-like flavor with zero sugar? Sounds unreal.

But, it gets better: the acai berry's unique profile also includes atypical amounts of heart-healthy fatty acids for a fruit (similar to avocado). On top of that, acai berries contain zero caffeine and are gluten-free.

And, if you need more convincing, these yummy berries contain a lot of the major nutrients your body needs to be his best self, including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E as well as the trace minerals chromium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

Essentially, acai berries are the absolute skin superfood, perfectly nailing the top 7 vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need for healthy, clear and glowing skin: Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, iron and antioxidants plus healthy fats!

Aside from that, what really makes the acai stand out is how densely it is packed with powerful antioxidants! Even superfood blueberries, another potent antioxidant and free radical fighter, take the back seat here, because acai berries have three times (!) more antioxidants. This unparalleled antioxidant potency stems mostly from a specific plant compound called anthocyanin, which is also responsible for the acai’s distinct deep purple color.

How to Make an Acai Bowl ­+ 3 Easy Acai Bowl Recipes

What is an Acai Bowl?

An acai bowl is basically a healthy smoothie filled with thick and frosty blended fruit, topped with delicious garnishments including nuts, oats, berries and other fresh fruit and enjoyed with a spoon, just like ice cream.

Acai bowls are particularly popular in warm climates (think Florida or Hawaii) where the heat makes these cold delights even more appealing.

Where to Buy Acai

On a practical note, you may be wondering why you’ve never seen fresh acai berries on offer in the produce or fruit section of your local grocery store.

Should you change your grocer? No. That is because acais shelf life is so short, they can only be consumed on the spot where grown.

In the US and Western Europe, while acai is not available fresh, you will find acai pulp and acai frozen smoothie packs in the frozen section of many grocery stores.

Alternatively, you can also order acai juices and acai powders online (we personally use this organic freeze-dried powder).

The beauty of the frozen smoothie packs is that they make blending creamy purple acai bowls super easy.

Acai products are also not cheap. That is due to the fact that they have to basically be shipped from the Brazilian rainforest (and that comes at a price).

Purchased online, 4 ounces of acai powder can easily cost around 20 dollars. So you may want to think of the acai bowl rather as an occasional treat versus an everyday breakfast staple.

When shopping for acai try to go for an unsweetened acai powder or acai smoothie pack as you do not want to offset the dietary and health benefits of this superfood with too much added sugar.

How to Make an Acai Bowl

Now that these preliminaries are out of the way, let's get down to business and help you make your own homemade acai bowl.

The secret for making a great acai bowl (aside from choosing your individual toppings) is its creamy texture.

1.Choose your ingredients, then blend

For the perfect acai bowl texture, take one frozen unsweetened acai smoothie pack and run it under warm water for a few seconds.

Then, add a half cup of liquid base (this can be coconut milk for a rich and tropical taste or another unsweetened nut milk like almond or cashew).

Next, add a half cup of frozen fruit (frozen banana or frozen mixed berries are perfect) into a high-quality high-speed blender. Now, blend until you have a thick but smooth and frosty texture.

In order to avoid a texture that is either too thin or too thick, add your liquid base gradually and in small quantities, adding more liquid where too thick or a little plain yogurt (or even tofu) if you mess up and the texture becomes too thin.

2. Pour into chilled bowl

Once you’ve gotten a thick, frosty and well-blended texture, pour it into a chilled bowl. This preserves it a little longer so your nice frosty acai bowl does not turn into an acai soup.

3. Add your toppings

Now comes the fun part — the toppings! And here, the possibilities are endless. A few of our favorites are:

  • sliced bananas

  • fresh blueberries

  • juicy raspberries

  • crushed almonds

  • chia or ground flaxseed

For more super nutritious superfood topping options, check out the free superfood directory we handpicked for you.

Eat your acai bowl straight away with a spoon (like ice cream) and savor 100% guilt-free, you are doing yourself and your body a favor! 

How to Make an Acai Bowl ­+ 3 Easy Acai Bowl Recipes

Acai Bowl Recipes

For all of these acai bowl recipes, follow the foundational steps noted above, with a few tweaks as specified.

1.Velvet Chocolate Acai Bowl Bonanza

Raw cacao is the crowning of any healthy drink. Cacao has more antioxidants than blueberries, is a great source of iron and has high amounts of calcium and magnesium.

This heart-healthy, brain-improving ingredient also improves mood, helps prevent cancer and protects against a host of other health issues.

To give your acai bowl a super velvety, dark chocolate flavour, add 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs into your blend.

For toppings, fresh blueberries, chia seeds and cashew nuts pair perfectly with your acai bowl's dark chocolate flavor.

2. Low Sugar Acai Bowl for Weight Loss

Remember, the great news is that acai berries naturally contain zero sugar. So, if you buy an unsweetened acai puree or acai smoothie powder, your bowl will be naturally low sugar and the perfect weight loss meal.

To keep it that way, proceed with the following list of ingredients.

For the bowl:

  • 1 frozen unsweetened acai smoothie pack

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 frozen banana

For the toppings:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut

  • Optional: low-sugar, high-fiber raspberries

3. Post-Workout Acai Super Bowl (High Protein)

For a high-protein acai bowl after your fitness routine that will speed up muscle recovery while treating yourself, try the following recipe.

Quick aside: to cut down on prep time right after exercising you can also prepare this acai bowl beforehand and store in the freezer. Also, for more 100% natural, 0% artificial fitness drinks, check out this list of some of the best pre-workout and post workout smoothies.

For the bowl:

  • 1 frozen unsweetened acai smoothie pack

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 4 ice cubes

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 frozen banana

For the toppings:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds

  • 1/4 cup fresh kiwi

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts

  • 1 teaspoon dried goji berries