Acai Bowls are all the rage here in Southern California. If you’ve never had one before, it’s basically a thick smoothie served in a bowl and topped with fruit, nuts, granola, or other goodies. They are full of antioxidants and vitamins, yet taste like an ice cream treat! But often, the ones you buy out at a shop are almost too sweet to still be good for you, and a little on the pricey side to boot. So I decided I wanted to learn how to make my own Acai bowls at home!
I recently got a Vitamix as a wedding present and I was beyond excited at the notion of being able to make my own Acai smoothie bowls. I love how these treats taste, but I was getting a bit skeptical buying them from eateries–they are so sweet that I wasn’t convinced they were actually as healthy as they appeared. I am often wary of hidden sugars in fruit-based foods, so once I got my high powered blender, I ran to the store and bought the packets of Acai puree from the freezer section to recreate a less-sugary version of this treat at home. I had to try it a few times before making a successful bowl, but now that I’ve figured out the secret, I am loving making my own!
For my first attempt, I simply followed the instructions on the back of the bag. I thawed two packets of puree under room temperature water for 2 minutes, poured them into the blender, added 1/2 cup of milk (though the instructions say you can use any liquid of your choice), and blended. My first at pass at an Acai bowl came out way too runny and icy. It didn’t have the same texture or taste as the store bought bowls. It was almost as if I had blended up some popsicles, and it was also very bitter. Not great.
The second time I made an Acai bowl, it came out much better! I decided to add a frozen banana in addition to the 1/2 cup almond milk (just as I had used before). The banana really made a difference and gave the bowl the consistency of ice cream. It also gave it a sweeter flavor (but still not as a sweet as the store-bought bowls). I was very pleased with the outcome! Making my own bowls with just one banana and almond milk makes me feel much more confident that what I’m eating isn’t packed with sugar.
Making my own Acai bowls at home, I know exactly how much sugar is going into it and can be sure that what I’m eating is actually healthy. If you too are wary of how they get the store-bought bowls to taste so good, I suggest giving the homemade version a try!
Note: this recipe may not work with a normal blender. I have only made it with my Vitamix. Check them out, I use mine every day and LOVE it.
Try make our refined sugar free granola as a topping!
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Make Your Own Acai Bowl
Save money and sugar by making your own antioxidant rich Acai bowls at home!
- 2 packets of frozen Acai Puree
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
Put all ingredients into your high powered blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja), blend on med to start making your way to high as the milk gets blended.
Use your accelerator tool (the mixing tool it comes with), to push the ingredients towards the blades.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape into a bowl and top with your favorite fruit or granola! Here is a link to our granola recipe. We also like to use chocolate covered chia seeds. (see the button to purchase)