Healthy Acai Bowl Recipe
This acai bowl recipe is a quick and easy breakfast or mid-day snack that offers good nutrition and a boost of energy.
What is an acai bowl?
The acai bowl is based on the acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), a small reddish-purple fruit. It’s a popular ingredient that appears in various foods including smoothies. For an acai bowl, a puree of these berries create a smoothie-like consistency, that one eats instead of drinks.
Place the mixture in a bowl and add toppings such as fresh fruit, low-sugar granola, nuts or seeds to enhance flavor and texture. Chewing is a natural stress reliever and acai bowls are meant to satisfy like a meal.
Are acai bowls healthy?
Acai berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. They also promote heart health, fight harmful organisms, aid weight loss, improves skin, helps digestion, boosts the immune system and have anti-aging effects since they’re high in many forms of phytochemicals. An acai puree mixed with other heart-healthy toppings makes for the perfect meal or snack.
How to make a healthy acai bowl:
Acai bowls are quick and simple to make. In this recipe, we offer ingredient suggestions, but feel free to make additions or substitutions with different fruits and other toppings like chia seeds, peanut butter, walnuts, etc. To make your acai puree thick, add extra frozen fruits or ice. This ensures that your toppings won’t sink to the bottom of the bowl.
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For the Acai Berry Puree
- 1/2 small banana, very ripe
- 3.5 oz frozen acai berry pulp, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or your favorite milk
For the Toppings (do not use frozen toppings)
- Kiwi, peeled and sliced or chopped
- Banana, chopped
- Peeled and chopped pineapple or mango
- Strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts
- Wheat germ
- Drizzle of raw honey (optional)
Acai Berry Bowl
1. Prepare acai puree: In a blender, add banana, acai pulp, strawberries, blueberries and a splash of milk. (TIP: Add to blender in that order as adding softer ingredients first makes it easier on your blender blades.) Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down, then gradually increase speed. When ingredients have mostly come together and all of milk has been added, blend on high for 15 to 20 seconds more.
2. Add toppings: Pour acai puree into a bowl and arrange desired toppings. Enjoy!
Nutrition Info per Serving of Recipe - does not include optional toppings:
Each recipe is 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 1.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 121.4 mg
Potassium 451.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 17.1 g
Protein 2.1 g
Vitamin A 7.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 120.3 %
Vitamin C 95.2 %
Vitamin D 12.5 %
Vitamin E 29.9 %
Calcium 24.3 %
Copper 7.7 %
Folate 6.9 %
Iron 5.2 %
Magnesium 8.5 %
Manganese 27.0 %
Niacin 44.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 25.0 %
Phosphorus 4.2 %
Riboflavin 9.1 %
Selenium 2.1 %
Thiamin 4.8 %
Zinc 1.8 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.