The hottest trend in healthy eating, acai berry is considered by many to be a nutrition powerhouse. Even though many of the health claims made of acai are hard to verify, acai definitely is loaded with vitamins and is lower in sugar than many other fruits.
One of the most popular ways to eat Acai is in an acai bowl. An acai bowl is basically a thick fruit smoothie, topped with additional ingredients.
Acai has a higher fat content than most fruits, so the energy from a bowl will last longer, with less crash. This obviously depends on what additional ingredients you add. If you are mixing in ¼ cup of maple syrup, any claims about sugar content go out the window.
Acai bowls can be a great way to start your day off right. Here are 5 acai bowl recipes that will get you going with sustained energy all day long!
This is the Acai bowl you have seen some variant of everywhere. This base will be used for all the recipes to follow.
- 1 frozen sliced banana
- 1 cup frozen berries (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry)
- 200 grams Acai Puree
- 1 ¼ cups liquid (milk, oat milk, plain yogurt, fruit juice)
Puree all of the above ingredients in your blender until smooth. If you are using segmented berries, you may want to pass through a sieve to remove seeds if you do not like the texture (they are loaded with soluble fiber).
The texture should be like a very thick milkshake. You may need to adjust the liquid to get the ratio right.
If the base is too tart for you, you can increase the amount of banana, switch up the berries (strawberries are a lot sweeter than raspberries), or you can add a small amount of agave, stevia, or other sweeteners. Be careful with this, as you can add hundreds of calories very easily if you aren’t paying attention to your sweetener.
You can top an acai bowl with whatever you like. Toppings add texture and flavor and make that smoothie feel more like a meal, which can keep you from snacking later.
Toppings can be a mixture of fresh fruit, granola, seeds, nuts, or any other add-ins that appeal to you. Here are some suggested recipes to get your creative juices flowing.
Use pineapple juice and coconut milk (not cream of coconut) as the liquid addition for your base, then top with:
- Toasted coconut
- Sliced mango
- Sliced dragon fruit
- Passion Fruit seeds
- Chopped macadamia nut
For more intense tropical flavor, you can sub in frozen papaya or guava for some or all of the berries.
2. Immuno- boost
To really focus on the possible immunity-boosting properties of acai, give your bowl a vitamin supercharge. Into your puree base, add a little fresh chili, as spicy as you like. It is rumored that spicy food activates an immune response in the body that can help fight off infection. Top with:
- Orange slices (with the membrane removed)
- Shaved dark chocolate (For zinc)
- Chopped pecan (Zinc)
- Sliced strawberries
- Sprinkle dry cayenne (if you can handle it!)
3. Superfood Boost
Add raw greens like kale into your base, then top with:
- Sliced avocado
- Toasted quinoa
- Chopped nuts or sunflower seeds
- Dried goji berries
- Hydrated Chia Seeds
4. Harvest Comfort
Make a creamy standard base with milk and yogurt, or vegan substitutes, then top with:
- Granola (homemade or minimal ingredients)
- Dried sweetened cranberries
- Spiced pecans
- Fresh berries
- Sliced banana
5. Sunday Brunch
Top a standard base with the flavors you want on a lazy weekend day:
- Fresh berries
- Sliced banana
- Toasted steel cut oats
- Chopped walnuts
- Drizzle of maple syrup
As you can see, acai bowls give a deliciously versatile palate for whatever flavors you like. If you want a meal that can kickstart your day, without weighing you down, try an acai bowl today!