This homemade acai bowl recipe is quick and easy and makes the perfect healthy breakfast to start your day.
Having an acai breakfast bowl is one of my favorite ways to start the day. The rich purple frozen smoothie bowl tastes so good it feels like you are having a decadent treat - but it's actually good for you!
We spent months buying acai bowls from our local juice bar, but they work out so expensive! And really, it is so easy to make an acai bowl yourself that I can't believe we wasted all that money.
So I wanted to share with you exactly how to make an acai bowl at home so you can start enjoying this yummy healthy breakfast for a fraction of the cost too.
Before we get started, here are some FAQs regarding acai and acai bowls.
What is acai?
Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries are small purple berries, similar looking to grapes, that grow on palm trees in South America.
Acai has been a staple food in the Amazon River Delta for centuries but has grown in popularity around the world in recent years, thanks to its purported health benefits, in particular its antioxidant properties.
You can buy acai in packets of acai frozen puree or in powdered form.
What is an acai bowl?
The acai bowl originated in Brazil where it is known as acai na tigela (literally acai in a bowl). This Brazilian acai bowl consists of frozen acai puree blended with other frozen fruit and topped with fruit, coconut and other toppings.
The craze has caught on and you can now get acai bowls all around the world, blended with tropical fruit, berries, juices, milks - whatever takes your fancy!
What is in an acai bowl?
There are only 3 acai bowl ingredients in our recipe - frozen acai puree, frozen bananas and frozen berries.
I have added an option to also add in some coconut or almond milk or alternatively some yoghurt to your homemade acai bowls. I prefer my acai bowl to be nice and thick like a sorbet, but if you prefer the texture to be a bit softer then you can loosen it up with the milk or yoghurt.
Depending on your blender you may also need to add this extra liquid to help the blender get the right consistency.
I usually use my Thermomix to blend my acai bowls and if you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix it will also have no problem blending the ingredients.
You can also play around with this acai bowls recipe and add whatever other fruit you like - mangoes and pineapple are particularly good too.
How to make acai bowls at home
Making a DIY acai bowl at home is so super simple! You just need to toss all your frozen ingredients into your blender and blend them together, then sprinkle with your favorite toppings.
The only thing you need to remember is to pre-prepare your fruit. Your fruit needs to be frozen ahead of time.
I always have a bag of frozen bananas in my freezer - if they are starting to look overripe I either make them into a banana bread or put them in a bag in the freezer to use in an acai smoothie bowl.
Berries can be frozen whole, or you can buy packets of frozen berries from the supermarket.
You may also like this breakfast recipe: Overnight Oats with Chia.
Thermomix acai bowl
If you have a Thermomix, then you can use the following measurements and blending instructions for your acai berry bowl:
- 100g frozen acai puree
- 200g frozen bananas
- 100g frozen mixed berries
Place all ingredients in the Thermomix bowl and blend for 1 minute / speed 8.
Acai bowl toppings
You can top your frozen acai bowl with whatever you want! Here are a few suggestions:
- Sliced fruit - banana, mango, strawberries, apple, pineapple etc
- Whole berries
- Chia seeds
- Granola (see our homemade granola recipe here)
- Coconut flakes
- Dried fruit
- Seeds - sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds etc
Are acai bowls healthy?
Acai berries have a reputation as a 'superfood', thanks to their being a source of antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.
However, you need to be careful that what you add to your acai bowl is healthy too. Make sure you buy unsweetened acai puree and don't add sugary ingredients.
How many calories in an acai bowl
Acai bowl calories obviously depends on what you choose to include in your ingredients.
100g of acai frozen puree has just 70 calories, so any additional calories will come from the added fruit, coconut milk etc that you choose to add.
For reference, according to our recipe calculator, an acai bowl with 100g acai and 300g frozen fruit has around 170 calories. But that is BEFORE you add all your toppings.
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Homemade Acai Bowl
- 100g g frozen acai puree
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen berries
- optional: ¼ cup coconut or almond milk or plain yoghurt
- toppings: eg. sliced fruit chia seeds, coconut flakes, granola.
- Place all your ingredients into a high-speed blender.
- Blend until smooth. You many need to push down the ingredients from time to time until a smooth sorbet like texture is achieved.
- Serve in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
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