Açaí bowls (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) are popular smoothie bowls that are served in restaurants, cafes and smoothie shops. But did you know that they are easy to prepare at home? You only need a few ingredients and a good blender!

Açaí berries are one of the only fruits that contain healthy omega fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. The berries are also low in sugar. The flavor is a little tart with a hint of unsweetened chocolate, the lack of sweetness makes açaí very versatile and perfect for making bowls because you can mix with other fruits and add fun toppings!

To make açaí bowls, we use frozen açaí bags that you can buy at almost any grocery store. Simply mix the açaí sachets with a little milk, frozen banana and berries.

And now for the FUN part, customize your bowl with ALL the toppings. Go crazy or add a few, it’s up to you! That’s the beauty of an açaí bowl, you can build your own!

Next time you’re craving an acai bowl, make your own! They are easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious!

Ingredients

Milk– you can use dairy, almond, coconut, cashew or soy milk. Coconut water will even work!
Frozen banana – be sure to use a frozen banana so that the acai bowl is nice and thick. I recommend freezing the banana slices so that the banana is easier to mix. Slice a banana and put the slices in a freezer bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer just before preparing the acai bowl.
Frozen Mixed Berries– I like to use a mixed berry mix that contains blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Frozen açaí bags– You can buy açaí bags at the store in the freezer section. I use Sambazon unsweetened acai packets.

How to Make Açaí bowls

Place the sachets of milk, bananas, berries and acai bowls in a high-power blender, preferably equipped with a pestle. You need a good blender to make thick açaí bowls.
Here are some good blender options: Vitamix, Breville and KitchenAid.

Turn the blender on low and use the pestle to push the frozen fruits and acai down.
Continue mixing over low heat until creamy and smooth. If you need to add a little more milk, you can, but don’t add too much or the mixture won’t be thick.
Acai Bowl Toppings

Customize your bowl with your favorite toppings, here are some ideas!

  • Fresh fruits-strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, raspberries, blackberries, mango, pineapple or kiwi.
  • Granola– for a good crunch! A few of my favorites are: almond butter granola, chocolate chip cookie granola
  • clusters, chocolate granola, peanut butter granola, and chocolate peanut butter granola.
  • Coconut-ordinary or toasted coconut.
  • Nuts-almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios or cashews
  • Nut butter-add a dash of peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp hearts
  • Nutella-garnish with a drizzle of Nutella for a little decadence.
  • Honey or pure maple syrup– I think the bowls are very sweet, but if you want to add more sweetness, drizzle with a little honey or pure maple syrup.

How To Store

I usually prepare and serve immediately, but if you need to store for a longer time, I recommend that you put the puree in the freezer WITHOUT the toppings. The fillings will become mushy.

To freeze: Place the açaí puree in a freezer container and freeze for up to 2 months. Transfer to the refrigerator the night before so that it can thaw overnight. Add toppings and enjoy!

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