I absolutely love a good acai bowl. It is like having dessert as a meal! We have several places in Birmingham that specialize in acai and other power fruit bowls and they are wonderful! But you know what else they are? Filled with sugar. Fruit is already sweet, and when you are trying to watch what you eat…you don’t need a bunch of hidden sugar in an otherwise healthy meal.
I hesitate to call this a recipe, because it really is a dump in the blender and go kind of thing. And you can make this based on what you have on hand or what you are feeling like for that day. I never actually measure anything out either, just a little of this and a little of that. It always turns out perfect, and I basically eat this every weekday morning.
When I was keto, I made this just using the acai packet and a handful of frozen strawberries. I added collagen protein powder to it, sometimes topped with unsweetened coconut flakes and stayed in my carb range for the day. Now that I have added more carbs back into my diet, I like to throw in some banana, berries and top with coconut flakes and peanut butter. It is so delicious!
I always use unsweetened acai from Sambazon. I find these in the frozen fruit section at Target or Publix. It is really the only brand I see anywhere.
What You Need
1 packet unsweetened acai
5-6 frozen strawberries (a big handful, depending on the size you could need more)
1/2 cup original unsweetened almond milk
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tbsp flax seed
1/2 banana, sliced
blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
unsweetened coconut flakes
almond butter or peanut butter (if you are trying to get an instagram worthy shot, you can heat this up to make a pretty spread. I just dump mine in because I don’t like extra dishes)
What You Do
Put the acai, frozen strawberries, chia seeds, flax seed and almond milk in the blender. Blend for the consistency you are looking for. Pour in a bowl, top with sliced bananas, blueberries, unsweetened coconut flakes and almond butter. Enjoy!
Oh, awesome! I hadn’t heard of that sugar free açaí brand but that’s a great substitution. I avoided açaí bowls in the past because of all the sugar but I could definitely get on board with this. I’ve been trying to use the swerve and monkfruit as a sugar substitute in some of our favorite homemade desserts as well. Love the healthier ideas and options!
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I have been making acai bowls forever now. I had them for the first time in San Diego in college and I have loved them since. I love using those packets. I can’t wait to make one soon!
I’ve never had one just because I have issues with certain foods touching (WEIRDO – I know) – but they are so pretty!
This is totally a recipe! Writing it down for next week’s shopping trip…
I’ve only ever bought the pre-made Dole acai bowls in the freezer section. I never thought about making them…which sounds really lame now that I think of it.
Holy YUM! I can’t believe I’ve never tried to make one of these bowls at home. You totally just inspired me <3
I saw these at Target and almost got them, now I definitely will!! YUMMO
Definitely a recipe, and I’m so glad you sent me that unsweetened acai brand. I can’t wait to make my own!
This looks so good! I have tried to make them and they always come out a little more watery than I’d like so I’ll try it your way! xo, Biana BlovedBoston
It really is like dessert for a meal! They are so good! We love this place on the boardwalk where you can get them and used to grab them for breakfast on our weekends at the beach. That’s obviously going to be different this summer so I should try and make these at home. I bet the kids would also enjoy them!
I keep wanting to try one of these, so thank you so much for sharing this! I need to see if I can find those packets – it would make it so much easier. I think places in Cincinnati have these, but I haven’t been and now it’s a bit difficult to do so with Covid.