Acai Bowl Recipe

March 23

acai bowl
As I mentioned in my last post, we just came back from Hawaii. One of the things I definitely wanted to try while we were there was an acai bowl. On the last day, we went out of our way to go to a place that sold them and we both got a heaping bowl filled with a delicious base of acai and banana, topped with fresh fruit, granola and coconut. It was just what I wanted. My boyfriend hadn’t really known what it was and was totally won over by it. He even said he wanted to start eating it for breakfast, which was a big statement from someone who religiously eats cereal every single day. It felt wholesome, was filling and was full of different textures. I guess that’s enough to win anyone over.
acai bowl toppings
frozen bananas
Needless to say, I came home being certain that I was going to recreate this, especially since it was presented as a worthy breakfast option. And I did. And it was delicious. The acai bowl you see here is just what I wanted. The base is slightly sweet, ice cold, and thick. The granola topping is nutty, crunchy and toasty. I made this granola but without the cardamom, without any dried fruit, almonds instead of pistachios, and with coconut oil instead of olive oil. The fresh fruit is what I always want in the morning. And the coconut satisfies our new coconut obsession.
acai bowl
acai bowl
acai bowl
The one caveat is that acai is really expensive. Obviously, like most things, making it at home, regardless of the price of it at my local organic store, is always cheaper than going out and buying it at a restaurant. But, in reality, you can easily replace the acai with some frozen berries and make a ‘smoothie bowl’ with the same toppings, and it would be just as delicious. In fact, at the store we bought the classic acai bowl from in Kauai, they also served acai bowls that were bulked up with frozen berries in the base as well. They even had completely different versions with things like frozen mango and pineapple, dragon fruit etc. What I’m saying, is if you are a fan of acai and it is readily available, go for it! If not, you can still make this delicious, healthy breakfast.
acai bowl

Acai Bowl Recipe

Total Time: 10 minutes

1 acai bowl

Acai Bowl Recipe

Make sure to freeze your banana the night before. I always keep chunks of frozen banana in the freezer for these sorts of occasions.

If you want a deeper purple colour in the acai base, add a handful of frozen berries. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick and scoopable, not watery. Basically, you want to make sure to blend your base until it's smooth with as little liquid as possible. Start with 1/3 cup and add a tiny bit as you need it. If you add too much, you can add a bit more frozen fruit and it will thicken up again.

I topped my bowl with cocoa nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, chopped macadamia nuts, raspberry and banana.

1 tablespoon acai powder
1 banana cut into chunks and frozen
1/3 cup coconut water
topped with
fresh fruit (think blackberries, mango, banana, raspberries, strawberries)
unsweetened shredded coconut
nuts, seeds and other (think cocoa nibs, chopped macadamia nuts, chia seeds, buckwheat hearts)

In a blender, blend together frozen banana, acai powder and coconut water.

Top with whatever toppings you want.

Acai Bowl was last modified: March 23, 2015 by My Second Breakfast

23 thoughts on “Acai Bowl Recipe

  1. Hmm I’ve been wanting to make some at home
    But at $29.00 per 100 g that’s $290.00 a kilo for the açai powder wow wee
    Any hoo I bought it and 3 pack of blueberries
    I mashed the blueberries in my smoothie maker and added 2 desert spoons of açai powder ….
    then do you put it in freezer ?

    1. Hi Katie, because the bowl creates one large serving, I would use the amount of the frozen acai that you would normally use (for one portion) and adjust the liquid levels (you may need a bit more) to make sure the consistency is still super smooth! You also may want to put a bit less of the frozen fruit since the frozen acai will bulk it up a little too.

  2. I used 1/3 cup and mine is a little runny. I would start with 1/4 c coconut water next time and add if I have to. Delicious though!!

    1. I use the brand Organic Traditions. I like it (and use a lot of their other products) but I have nothing to compare it to since I haven’t tried anything else. To anyone else reading this, please feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments!

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