I’ve never been a big lunch eater, so when I discovered acai bowls, I was instantly hooked! A fresh, healthy, light option that keeps me full all afternoon? Check!
I’m embarrassed to admit how much I probably spent ordering these from a nearby juice bar, Nekter, until I finally learned how to make them on my own. Now, I eat one almost every single day for lunch. The trick? Frozen acai puree packets! I buy bags and bags at Trader Joes and keep in my freezer to have on hand.
The fun thing about homemade acai bowls is that you can really customize them to your preferences. Below, I’ve listed what I enjoy eating in and on mine, but feel free to play around with ingredients you love! I’m always adding something different to change things up, but the recipe below is my tried-and-true favorite way to make a homemade acai bowl. I hope you enjoy!
my homemade acaii bowl
- 1 frozen acai pack (I’ve only used the Trader Joe’s brand.)
- 1/2 cup of almond milk (I use this kind.)
- 1/2 frozen banana (If you don’t have any frozen, use half a banana with 1/2 cup of ice.)
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 5-7 frozen strawberries
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 scoop of vital proteins collagen peptides (or a protein powder you prefer)
- 1 drizzle of honey
- 3-4 strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup of granola
- 1 drizzle of honey
Pour almond milk into blender. (I use the Vitamix we received as a wedding gift.) Next, run the frozen acai packet under warm water for about 15-30 seconds, or until you can break it up into a few pieces. Add to blender. (Careful! This can get messy.) Then, add in frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, a handful of spinach, a scoop of protein powder and finally, if desired, a drizzle of honey for sweetness, in that order.
Turn blender on low. (If using a Vitamix, I set it on level 1.) While the blender runs, slice and prepare desired toppings. If blender stalls, add a splash of extra almond milk and/or stop the blender and use a spatula to move around the ingredients. I like my acai bowl to be thick, so I try to use as little liquid as possible.
Once the acai is completely smooth (I can tell when it no longer makes a crunching sound while blending), pour into a bowl. Add toppings. Enjoy!
I only wish I’d learned how to make these sooner! This makes an amazing, healthy lunch that is both yummy and filling. The more I make these acai bowls, the less I feel the need to use exact measurements. So don’t worry it’s not precise! Also, as I mention in the recipe, I love a thick, smooth acai instead of a watery, liquidy one. So play around with liquid amounts to get the texture you prefer!
Finally, if you have any favorite acai bowl additions, let me know! I’d love to hear how you make yours.
Love from the Sunshine State,