Acai Bowls are a Healthy Protein Snack that is packed full of the super fruit, Acai. This smoothie is in a bowl and topped with lots of delicious fresh fruit, granola, and nuts.
Add any fruit to your smoothie and top with your favorite toppings. This recipe includes a big dollop of peanut butter, bananas, pistachios, dried cranberries, granola, and more.
My first introduction to an acai bowl was at the Alameda Antique Fair. My daughter was obsessed with acai bowls and she talked me into buying some at one of the many food trucks at the fair.
Well, we both immediately fell in love with the bowls that we ordered. So, the smoothie part was a mix of berries topped with a generous helping of peanut butter, granola, nuts, and sliced bananas. And all of this was sprinkled with coconut shavings. Every bite is a blend of fruit and crunchy yumminess.
If you’re like me you’re probably wondering what is Acai and how is it pronounced.
How to Pronounce Acai
The acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a grapelike fruit harvested from acai palm trees, which are native to the rainforests of South America. Like other berries, acai berries contain antioxidants and fiber.
What is Acai?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Acai berries are widely touted as a so-called superfood, with proponents claiming that they are helpful for a variety of health concerns, including arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, skin appearance, detoxification, and general health. However, research on acai berries is limited, and the claims about their health benefits haven’t been proved.”
Ok, What is an Acai Bowl?
Well, if you like fruit smoothies then you’re in luck since an acai bowl is a smoothie with toppings. Of course, the smoothie contains frozen acai berries blended into it which sets it apart from most smoothies. Then place this smoothie in a large bowl and top with your favorite fruit, nuts, granola, sauces, and peanut butter, and more.
Are Acai Bowls Healthy?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Acai berries may have more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Some claim acai contains more antioxidants than any known edible fruit in the world. In addition, acai is low in sugar and higher in healthy fats.”
Also, it is high in protein which is another great benefit. And if you top it with some peanut butter that makes it even better. I try to eat a mostly vegetarian diet so I’m always looking for ways to add protein to my diet. So, this delicious acai bowl is a nice gluten-free alternative snack.
A packet of Acai Berries (sold at Whole Foods and Amazon)
Banana sliced diagonally
Creamy Peanut Butter
How to Make an Acai Bowl
Blend smoothie ingredients in a blender. Divide and place ingredients in two bowls.
Then spread a layer of granola over the smoothie.
Next, drizzle honey over the granola.
Sprinkle your coconut and cranberries over the granola and then place a dollop of peanut butter in the center.
Next, arrange bananas on the outer edge to form a flower petals shape. Sprinkle bananas with chopped nuts. So, I hope you enjoy our heart-healthy Acai bowl.
Acai Bowl Recipe
- 2 cups Acai Berry Juice
- 2 banana frozen
- 2 cups strawberries frozen
- 2 cups blueberries frozen
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ cup granola
- 2 bananas sliced diagonally
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp pistachios chopped
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter use ¼ for each bowl
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- Blend smoothie ingredients in a blender. Divide and place ingredients in two bowls.
- Then top with a layer of granola.
- Sprinkle coconut, cranberries over the granola. And then place a dollop of peanut butter in the center.
- Next, arrange sliced bananas on the outer edge to form what looks like petals to a flower.
- Sprinkle bananas with dried cranberries and chopped nuts.
If you like this recipe then you might want to check out these recipes:
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- Chocolate Banana Homemade Popsicles
- The Best Peach Cobbler Recipe
I love using grape juice for this recipe since the concord grape contains polyphenols that play a role in supporting a healthy heart? So, grab some fruit along with your favorite toppings and make a couple of acai bowls for your family!