Don’t feel like running out to a cafe for a $10 acai bowl? Make your own at home! These blueberry acai bowls are made with 6 simple ingredients that will take your breakfast to another level!
If there’s one trend that I noticed on my recent trip to Bali it was the abundance of acai bowls at every cafe and restaurant. I must have had an acai bowl on most days during my three weeks there. Now, I see cafes serving up acai bowls everywhere I look, even in my hometown. (yay!)
But as much as I love going out and grabbing a bowl I generally like to have breakfast at home. And if I can avoid spending $10-15 on a smoothie bowl, I’m not complaining!
Now before I jump into the recipe, we should probably talk a bit about acai. What’s all the hype about?
What is acai?
An acai berry is a small round purplish-black fruit, (looks something like a blackcurrant) that grows in the rainforest of the Amazon and is loaded with health benefits. This powerful little berry helps with digestion, heart health, acts as an immune booster, keeps your skin healthy…I could go on but I think you get the idea. It’s good for you.
Besides being super trendy in the health & wellness world right now, it’s also said to have amazing skin benefits, anti-aging properties, and be a potent immune booster! Food Matters shares more about the benefits of acai here.
Why acai bowls?
You may be wondering why you’d eat an acai bowl instead of just throwing some acai berries on top of yogurt with some homemade granola. That is a good question and the answer has 2 parts:
First, acai berries have no sugar. This is quite unusual for fruit and contributes to the reason acai berries tend to be bitter. They taste like a cross between blackberries or raspberries and very, very dark chocolate. Therefore, they have an earthy aftertaste. The bitterness and earthiness are things that most people don’t particularly love, hence the reasons these berries are typically not eaten raw and are mixed in with sweeter fruits.
Second, acai berries are native to the Amazon. That is far away from where most of us are reading this blog post. These berries also do not travel well. In fact, lots of them parish before they reach their way through the Amazon. Therefore, it is essential to either turn these berries into puree, freeze it and then transport it, or dehydrate it and turn it into a powder. Both methods preserve the nutrients in the berries, so which you use is totally up to you!
What fruits to mix into acai bowls?
As I mentioned earlier, the bitterness of these berries means a sweeter fruit is preferable to mix into your bowl. I love mixing pineapple, mango and bananas along with the acai berries. This recipe for blueberry acai bowls is also loaded with (you guessed it) blueberries! The banana sweetens the bowl while adding potassium and fibre, while the blueberries offer up additional health benefits.
Blueberries are also considered a “superfood” when it comes to fruit since they are extremely low in calories and carbs, but pack a nutrient punch. They have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and are the antioxidant king. Studies have shown blueberries to reduce damage to DNA meaning the risk of cancer and aging decreases dramatically. These fruits also can help maintain brain function and memory. So my question is: do you need any other reasons to eat blueberries?!
How to make a proper blueberry acai bowl:
The key to making a thick and creamy acai bowl is to use frozen fruit and a powerful blender. I used this blender for these acai bowls. If you don’t have a strong blender, then I’d recommend using a food processor instead to mix everything together.
Once your mixture is nice a smooth, spoon it into a bowl, top and enjoy immediately! You can also place the acai bowl mixture into the freezer for a few minutes before eating, and it will turn into more of a frozen sorbet texture.Print
Look for further for a homemade acai bowl recipe! You can make this one right at home with a blender and a handful of ingredients!
- 2 tsp acai powder (or 1 pack frozen acai)
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 1 large banana (frozen)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- fresh fruit
- nuts & seeds
- Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender or food processor.
- scoop into a bowl and add your toppings of choice.
If you don’t like banana, try adding frozen mango cubes instead
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 180
- Sugar: 12g
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 5g
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*Try topping these blueberry acai bowls with my fig & walnut granola!
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