It’s so easy to make a classic açaí bowl at home. If you aren’t familiar with açaí, I’ll tell you all about it: what it is,açaí nutrition, and how to make an açaí bowl yourself.
If you have no idea what an açaí bowl is…know that you are not alone.
I probably wouldn’t know either except that I worked in the natural food industry for five years (meaning you see everything out there!)…and now I live in Southern California, where Açaí Bowls are available at every juice bar. And said juice bars are on every corner. If you live in Southern California and you don’t know what an açaí bowl is, then you might be alone. (Not really though because plenty of people in my office didn’t know what it was when I was eating it.)
We can start at the beginning.
What is Açaí?
Açaí is a superfood berry from the Amazon and açaí bowls are essentially an açaí smoothie topped with fresh fruit and some granola. Traditionally, the bowls are simple with sliced banana, granola and some guaraná syrup for some sweetness.
Açaí has very little naturally occurring sugar – each serving of 100 grams of puréed açaí contains 0-2 grams of sugar. For comparison, 100 grams of bananas contain about 12 grams of sugar.
Health Benefits of Açaí:
When açaí came onto the health food scene years ago, it was touted as a superfood. The term superfood doesn’t actually have a legal definition and is used more for marketing, but in my opinion ‘superfood’ means that a food has high levels of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats, etc. (Old School Superfoods you have at home!)
Açaí is rich in antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. Pretty impressive for a little berry, so I definitely consider it a superfood.
How to Make an Açaí Bowl:
While the possibilities are endless, I wanted to stick with the classics.
An açaí bowl is really easy to make, and the toppings are up to you. Since it is naturally really low in sugar, you might need to add a little honey or agave to sweeten it up, or maybe the toppings will add enough. You can always try it without and then drizzle with honey if you need it.
Are Açaí Bowls Healthy?
I don’t usually like to get into healthy vs NOT healthy foods, because I think all foods can fit within our diets! (And by diets I mean, what we eat, NOT diet in the traditional way of a restriction of some sort.) But yes, an acai bowl can be healthy! They also have a reputation for being really high in sugar, but it really depends on what you put into them. If you’re concerned, make it at home so you know just what is going into them.
Açaí Bowl Nutrition:
Check out the nutrition label below for the exact details. I used a fairly basic acai recipe using acai, whole milk, a banana, and a touch of honey. There are 389 calories in this acai bowl. (Or about that, calories are always an estimate!)
If you don’t have any açaí at home, try my Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie! It’s full of berry antioxidants, delicious fats, and a dose of protein.Print
It’s so easy to make a classic açaí bowl at home. This easy recipe takes just 5 minutes and is a flavorful way to start your day!
- 7 oz frozen açaí
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
- Toppings: sliced fruit, berries, granola, peanut butter
- Blend together açaí, milk, banana and honey.
- Pour into bowls and top with desired toppings.
- Nutrition facts calculated with whole milk
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