This homemade acai bowl recipe is made with acai puree, almond milk, banana, and an assortment of berries. My favorite part of this smoothie bowl is that you can make it a classic acai bowl or you can customize it and make it completely your own! Plus, these are naturally gluten free!
All right, so I know acai bowls and smoothie bowls have been all the rage for a few years now.
In fact, it’s apparently become so popular that even local coffee shops (at least around here) have acai bowls on the menu.
I mean, back in the day (I don’t want to do the math but I’m pretty sure it was 6 years or something ridiculously long ago when it only feels like yesterday), you could only find acai bowls at little hole-in-the-wall places by the beach. Now, it’s all trendy and chic and 10-dollars-a-bowl-thank-you-very-much.
So, what do you do when you’re straight up in love with something but would rather save that money for overpriced coffee??? ( (Ha, I wish I was joking but the obsession is real.)
You and your blogging (and real life) sister, Heidi, at My Happy Now, make homemade acai bowls! And guys, let me tell you, the best part of a homemade acai bowl is the fact you can choose whatever acai to toppings ratio you want. 🙌🏻
Guys, I’ve got to confess something here.
My sis and I were planning on doing a collaborative acai bowl post of sorts where we would each make our own version of an acai bowl and take photographs of our bowls together…
And somewhere along the way, our system kind of broke down.
So realistically, there’s nothing really collaborative about this post except that we made them together, are both posting about them, and had a ton of fun doing it. 😂 We’ll have all the kinks ironed out by the next collaborative post. 😉
My sister opted for a smoothie bowl that’s more kid-friendly. She and my niece share acai bowls often, and my sister wanted to give some kid-friendly acai bowl tricks of the trade.
Since I’m the Cool Single Aunt (it’s a title), I went the classic acai bowl route and added allllllll the toppings I wanted (and ate the whole thing without sharing 😂).
Although, had my niece asked, I definitely would’ve shared with her. She knows I can’t say no to her.
All right, so let’s talk about how to make acai bowls at home.
Now while I’ve never shared a homemade acai bowl recipe, I have made a few smoothie bowl recipes here, including my favorites: Berry-licious Smoothie Bowl, Red Berry Vanilla Smoothie Bowl, and Blueberry Orange Coconut Smoothie Bowl.
Originally, I didn’t realize just how easy it is to make an acai bowl. I mean, guys, did you know you can actually buy acai puree?? Because I didn’t.
So, where to buy acai puree?? Pretty much every local grocery store in my area carries it in the frozen fruit section. Some of the more specialized stores in our area carry acai pulp or acai powder, but the frozen acai puree was easy to find and easy to use.
Homemade Acai Bowls Tips & Tricks:
- You can use whatever liquid you want to mix into your acai puree. I went for almond milk, my sister went for coconut milk, and you could use whatever milk (or even juice) you wanted to.
- I blended some strawberries, blueberries, and banana into my acai bowl.
- For the toppings, you can use whatever you want or have on hand. I opted for fresh berries, coconut chips, granola, and a little bit of honey (you can skip a sweetener, if you want, or you can substitute maple syrup or agave if your prefer).
Summer’s favorite meal!
- 1 packet of frozen açaí puree (I used the one from Sambazon--found it in the frozen fruit section)
- 1/4 cup almond milk (coconut milk, milk, or juice would be fine here as well)
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup mixed berries, optional--the puree is thick enough as is, I just wanted to add more berry flavor
- fresh berries or fruit
- coconut chips
- honey, agave, or maple syrup
In a high powered blender, blend açaí puree, almond milk, banana, and berries together.
Pour into a bowl.
Top with fresh berries, fresh banana, coconut chip, granola, etc.
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