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5 Acai Bowl Recipes to Try Now
Those pretty bowls you see splattered all over Instagram aren't just for show. Packed with vitamins, acai bowls are the perfect breakfast. Try these easy recipes and see for yourself.
Courtesy of Breakfast Criminals
Pumpkin Papaya Superfood Acai Bowl
Break out of the berry rut with this pumpkin and papaya recipe from Breakfast Criminals, a blog entirely composed of superfood breakfasts, with an emphasis on vegan, gluten-free and raw recipes.
"When I think of pumpkin, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkin pie — not the healthiest food out there, is it," says New York City-based blogger Ksenia Avdulova. "This Pumpkin Papaya Acai Bowl creates a delicious pumpkin breakfast or dessert alternative for those who're looking to eat healthier. It's a nutrition powerhouse that will nourish your body with antioxidants, potassium, healthy fats, vitamins and a boost of clean energy."
- 1/2 can organic pumpkin
- 1/2 cup papaya
- 1 frozen unsweetened acai smoothie pack
- 2/3 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon maca
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon and pumpkin spice
- 1 cup almond milk
1. Combine in blender and blend.
2. Top with granola, remaining banana, papaya, cashews, goji berries, and pomegranate seeds.
Courtesy of Keepin' It Kind
Super Mango Pineapple Acai Bowl
Los Angeles-based blogger Kristy Turner and her husband, dedicated food photographer Chris Miller run the show at Keepin' It Kind, which chronicles their adventures in deliciously healthy vegan eating — of which their Super Mango Pineapple Acai Bowl is a prime example.
"Acai bowls are my favorite way to start the day. They're light, flavorful, and filling," says Turner. "This one in particular is packed with nutrient-dense superfoods from the acai itself to the hormone-balancing maca powder and the goji berries, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds it's topped with. There's even some kale hiding in there!"
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the carton, not the can) or other vegan milk
- 1/2 banana
- 3/4 cup loosely packed kale, chopped
- 1/2 heaping cup frozen mango
- 1/2 heaping cup frozen pineapple
- 1 acai packet
- 1 heaping teaspoon maca powder
- 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup granola, separated
- 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
- 3-4 strawberries, thinly sliced (optional)
- 1/4 cup fresh mango, chopped (or other fresh fruit of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon goji berries
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1. Choose the bowl that you are going to serve the acai bowl in, and place it in the freezer (optional, but this will keep the smoothie colder longer).
2. Prepare your toppings, such as the slicing the strawberries and the half banana. Set aside.
3. Combine the first 7 ingredients in your high-speed blender, and puree until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides a few times or stir it to break up clumps. This will be a thick smoothie.
4. Remove the bowl from the freezer and pour 1/4-cup granola into the bottom of the bowl. Gently pour the smoothie on top of the granola (If the smoothie has started to liquefy, you may want to place the blender canister in the freezer for about five minutes before pouring into the bowl). Top with the 1/2 cup of granola and sliced fruit. Sprinkle the goji berries, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds on top of the fruit and serve immediately.
Courtesy of Hearts in My Oven
Acai Banana Peanut Butter Bowl
This Acai Banana Peanut Butter Bowl from Hearts in My Oven is packed with extra protein, for those times you need a little extra boost in the morning.
"I love this recipe because it's incredibly simple and easy to make. Plus, it's healthy and taste awesome," says Southern California-based blogger Lynna Huynh.
- 3.5-ounce package frozen pure acai
- 1/2 cups frozen berries
- 1 1/2 banana, sliced, divided 1 + 1/2
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- Drizzle of agave nectar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup granola
1. In a blender, mix together the acai, berries, 1 banana, yogurt, agave nectar, and peanut butter until smooth and combined. Scoop half into a bowl.
2. Layer with half the granola.
3. Top with the rest of the acai mixture.
4. Top with granola and 1/2 of banana slices.
Courtesy of The Blonde Vegan
Berry-Licious Acai Bowl
While many acai bowl recipes launch from frozen acai, there are also some that can be made from acai powder — like this berry-packed one from Los Angeles blogger Jordan Younger, author of The Blonde Vegan.
"I come from a background of a tumultuous relationship with food, mainly due to severe stomach problems and food intolerances, and going plant-based has greatly enriched my quality of life," she explains. "Many acai bowl recipes contain an overload of sugar and toppings to the point where they contain more calories than a Big Mac. I like to keep my recipes simple and tasty with all whole, plant-based ingredients."
- 1 banana
- 4 strawberries
- 3 blackberries
- 1/2 tablespoon acai powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 pieces of ice
- 3 blackberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup granola
- 1 spoonful almond butter
- 1 spoonful coconut yogurt
- 1 drizzle honey or agave
1. Blend the banana, strawberries, blackberries, acai powder, almond milk and ice. Once blended, pour into a bowl.
2. Top with blackberries, blueberries, granola, almond butter, coconut yogurt, and drizzle with honey or agave.
3. If you are choosing the more simple form of this breakfast, top it with whatever fruits or nuts you have around!
Courtesy of A Little Insanity
Raw Chocolate Acai Bowl
This Raw Chocolate Acai Bowl recipe from A Little Insanity is the best kind of "dessert" to start the day.
"I have always been passionate about eating healthy, but hated when people automatically assumed that meant I only consumed large amounts of tofu and wheatgrass. So, I started putting my whole food recipes online in 2009 to show the world that eating healthy could be fun and delicious," says Erika Meredith, who runs the blog from Maui, Hawaii. "I love my Acai Bowl recipe because it's a fun way to eat healthy, and a tasty way to store and replenish energy using superfoods and essential minerals, especially from the maca powder, which is fantastic for post workout."
This recipe makes enough for two, so your roommate won't have food envy first thing in the morning.
- 1 frozen acai berry packet or your own acai blend
- 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1/4 cup sprouted almonds (or any nut or seed)
- Stevia to taste
- 1 cup of milk alternative (coconut, almond, soy, rice, hemp, etc.)
- 2 cups of ice
- Flax oil/meal
- Coconut oil
- Fresh fruit
- Raw superfood cereal
- Raw honey
- Coconut flakes
- Nuts or seeds
1. Place the frozen acai, banana, chocolate, maca, stevia, almonds, and milk into a blender.
2. Starting at the lowest speed and working your way to the highest blend the ingredients until smooth.
3. Add in ice and turn the blender back up to highest speed. Use your tamper or spoon to push the ingredients into the blades until the mixture is smooth.
4. When it's finished, you should see 4 lumps form at the top of the container. Turn your blender off and serve with optional toppings!
5. Store leftovers in airtight container or ice-pop molds in the freezer. The mixture can easily be re-blended in your blender.