This EASY acai bowl recipe takes just 5 minutes to make! Read on for everything you need to know about homemade acai bowls. What they are, how to make them, acai bowl calories and nutrition, and the best toppings for your diy acai bowl at home!
This homemade acai bowl recipe was originally published in 2017 and updated in July 2020 to include more helpful tips and information.
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 acai 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 acai 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 Acai?
Acai is a superfood berry from the Amazon and acai bowls are essentially an acai smoothie topped with fresh fruit and some granola. Traditionally, the bowls are simple with sliced banana, granola and some guaraná syrup for some sweetness.
Acai has very little naturally occurring sugar – each serving of 100 grams of puréed acai contains 0-2 grams of sugar. For comparison, 100 grams of bananas contain about 12 grams of sugar.
Health Benefits of Acai:
When acai 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.
So what are the real acai benefits? Acai is rich in antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. Pretty impressive for a little berry, so I definitely consider it a superfood.
What Is an Acai Bowl?
An acai bowl is essentially a thick smoothie made from acai puree and served in a bowl with ALL the toppings.
How to Make an Acai Bowl:
While the possibilities are endless, I wanted to stick with the classics for this diy acai bowl. The homemade acai bowl ingredients you use are up to you, but I’ll share the basics with you.
A homemade acai 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.
- Blend. Blend together the acai puree, frozen banana, milk of choice, and sweetener if using until smooth.
- Add toppings. The toppings in this acai bowl recipe are very basic (sliced banana, berries, and granola) but I’m sharing a whole list of ideas below.
Are Acai 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 I know you are wondering, fine, but are acai bowls healthy?!
Yes, acai bowls 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.
Acai Bowl Calories & Nutrition:
There are 389 calories in this homemade acai bowl. (Or about that, calories are always an estimate!) 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.
Diy acai bowl nutrition will vary depending on what you put into your bowl! If you’re looking to keep the carbs in acai bowls lower, you can make it with less banana, no sweetener, and minimal toppings.
DIY acai bowls are just that, up to you and totally customizable.
DIY Acai Bowl Topping Ideas:
There are so many ways to add some fun and exciting toppings to your acai bowl at home! Here are a few ideas:
- Fresh fruit – berries, sliced banana
- Nut butters – peanut, almond…anything goes!
- Cacao nibs
- Coconut flakes
- Seeds – chia, hemp, pumpkin
- Goji berries
- Bee pollen
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
If you like this diy acai bowl recipe, you might also like some of my other smoothie recipes:
- Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie – it’s full of berry antioxidants, delicious fats, and a dose of protein.
- Tropical Smoothie – There’s a secret veggie in this one, and it’s not green!
- DIY Smoothie Bombs – The best way to turn extra produce into nutrition-packed bombs for any smoothie.
- Blueberry Bliss Smoothie – A copycat from my (old) neighborhood smoothie spot. Basic, but all you want in a berry smoothie.
EASY homemade acai bowl recipe. Covering all you need to know for diy acai bowls – ingredients, acai bowl calories, + a list of toppings for the BEST bowl!
- 7 oz frozen açaí puree
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 frozen 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, but any milk can be used
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