Here’s how to make a thick and creamy acai bowl at home! It tastes like a bowl from a smoothie shop and is packed with antioxidants.
If you’ve never heard of an acai bowl you’re probably wondering what the heck this is and how do you pronounce it! For starters, you pronounce acai “ah-sah-ee”. This recipe is basically a fancy smoothie bowl!
Instead of using just frozen berries and banana like I did in this classic smoothie bowl recipe, I added in some frozen acai berries.
What is Acai?
Acai berries are a dark purple fruit that’s native to the Amazon region and packed with antioxidants. In their natural state, acai berries are low in sugar and have a decent amount of fat. You’ll typically found acai that has been processed into a pulp and frozen at the grocery store. But be sure to check the package label because some brands do add sugar to the acai. You can also buy acai powder, which is usually in the supplement section.
Are Acai Bowls Healthy?
Yes! Like I mentioned above, acai is loaded with antioxidants and a healthy little super-fruit! Watch for added sugars in your acai mixture and make sure your bowl is well rounded with protein, fat and fiber for a filling snack or meal.
Acai berries are loaded with antioxidants! Just make sure you are using unsweetened acai berries for this recipe.
Here’s What You Need
unsweetened acai packs – I like the Sambazon brand and always buy the unsweetened variety. The sweetened packs have a lot of sugar added!
frozen banana – be sure to freeze your bananas after they’ve been peeled. You can freeze them in chunks or chop it into chunks after freezing. Frozen banana adds natural sweetness to the smoothie bowl and makes it thick and creamy.
non-dairy milk – I like to use unsweetened almond or oat milk, but you can use any type of milk you have on hand. You only need a little bit of liquid for this smoothie.
frozen mixed berries – You can use whatever type of frozen berries you have on hand. I usually use a frozen berry blend.
peanut butter – look for a natural peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanuts and salt. You can also use a different type of nut or seed butter like almond or cashew butter.
vanilla or chocolate protein powder – I recommend Nuzest protein powder. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
How to Make the Acai Bowl Thick
Smoothie bowls are meant to be super thick and scoopable with a spoon! Using frozen fruit and a small amount of liquid will help ensure your smoothie bowl ends up nice and thick.
One thing to note is that 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!
Top It Off!
Feel free to get creative with your toppings! This recipe is as fancy as it’s toppings. Here are some ideas:
add a drizzle of nut butter on top
sprinkle granola for extra crunch
add extra fresh berries
add banana slices
sprinkle chia seeds for added protein and fiber
For an extra fancy acai bowl, arrange the toppings into rows across the top!
1Tablespoonpeanut butter, (or nut butter of choice)
1 scoopvanilla or chocolate protein powder, (optional)
toppings of choice: more nut butter, granola, berries, banana slices, etc.
Prep acai: 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.
Load blender: Add acai, milk, banana chunks, berries, peanut butter and protein powder into your blender.
Blend: 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)!
Serve: 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.
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!