This vibrantly healthy and equally beautiful acaí bowl is chock full of nutrients and antioxidants, and is so easy to make at home! Added bonus: you get to add whatever toppings you want (and however much of it you want)!
I’m not quite sure what caused the huge acaí bowl craze, but my theory is that it’s pretty (who doesn’t like to eat pretty food?), you usually get to pick your toppings (which is always fun), and it’s supposedly healthy (healthy stuff that’s delicious? yes please!). I say “supposedly” because a lot of smoothie places add extra sugar or sugary juices to their smoothies. I guess nowadays, places have become more conscious of that and have started to make smoothies that are only naturally sweetened with fruit. Even so, I’m a huge fan of making smoothies and smoothie bowls at home because you get to control exactly what goes in there, how much goes in there, and my personal favorite, what toppings you put on there. The sugar I spare in my smoothie, I fully make up for in toppings! I love to put all the toppings on smoothie bowls because it adds such nice flavor and textural complements. And call me cheap, but I never get all the toppings I want when I buy acaí bowls because I can’t get myself to pay 75cents for each topping- especially if it’s something like a few slices of banana. I think I’d spend an extra $8 on toppings alone if I got everything I wanted! Anyways, all that to say that making your own smoothie bowls at home is healthier, more customizable to your taste, easier on your wallet, and super easy to do!
I got my acaí pack from trader joes, and it comes in a frozen individual pack. The directions on the package basically tells you to add whatever ingredients you want (milk, juice, fruit, etc) and give it a whirl in your blender. If you can’t find frozen acaí berries at your local grocery store, try subbing frozen berries instead.
For the smoothie portion, simply put everything in a blender and let it go until smooth. I added a banana and some milk to mine, but feel free to make changes – add juice or coconut water instead, or add some pineapple and coconut milk for a more tropical taste. For the toppings, I always go nuts, adding a little bit of whatever I can find in my pantry. For this one, I actually had goji berries because I saw them at Whole Foods and just had to get them to see what all the hubbub was about. (Goji berry review: tastes like a stale craisin/raisin mixture. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan at first, but it tastes better in the smoothie bowl than on its own. And it’s supposedly really good for you…) I’ve been told that the traditional acaí bowls are only topped with bananas and granola, but again, I like all the toppings. Add as little or as much as you want!
And there you have it! Now you can make your very own acaí bowl at home! Go crazy with the toppings, and feel wonderful about gobbling it all up! Hugs & kisses and all my best wishes!
- 3.5oz frozen acaí puree pack (trader joes)* (see note)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 milk
- Toppings (ex: sliced bananas, granola, cacao nibs, goji berries, hemp hearts, coconut shreds)
- Place acaí, banana and milk in blender and blend until smooth. You can use non-dairy milk or coconut water or juice for vegan option. It should be a thick mixture, but add more liquid if needed to blend thoroughly.
- Pour smoothie into a bowl, and place whatever toppings you'd like.
- *If you can't find frozen acaí packs, sub for 1/2 cup frozen berries)