Last Updated on April 30, 2022 by Chef Mireille
This Healthy Acai Smoothie Bowl is so rich in what you need to get your day started right. Chia Seeds, Peanut Butter, Matcha and lots of nuts for garnish make this a delicious and filling protein smoothie bowl! This delicious acai bowl makes such a healthy breakfast.
With this nutrient dense smoothie bowl, you won’t be getting hungry 2 hour later. Loaded with more fruits and nuts for toppings, it makes for a delicious and filling breakfast.
Have you ever heard the expression – “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”. While this expression has more than one connotation, the darker the berry is not only sweeter but packed with nutritional value.
A general rule with fruits and vegetables is the darker the color, the higher it is in antioxidant power. So it’s no wonder that acai is a powerhouse of healthy benefits.
What is Acai?
Acai is one of the great super foods that have taken over in the last several years. You will easily find acai smoothies, acai juice and tea made with acai – even ice cream.
Acai bowls are one of the most popular smoothie bowls you will find at any place offering smoothies and similar foods.
I have been using it for several years as this post is actually an updated one from 2018.
There are now many snack bars and candies like chocolate covered acai that you can find in gourmet supermarkets or health food stores. Why not get a double dose of antioxidant power as dark chocolate also has some great antioxidant power!
We know it’s good for us, but what exactly is acai?
Acai is a tart berry that comes from the acai palm tree which is found in the Amazon rainforest. It is especially popular and abundant in Brazil. There is a whole lot of nutrient poser in these acai berries, which is why it is everywhere now.
Here in the United States, the fresh acai berries are not available. We generally get acai as acai berry powder, acai juice or frozen acai packets of the berry puree.
The frozen fruit pulp is the most natural form of the berry we can get here in the US without having the actual berry. It is now easily available at the grocery store, most of the time. Make your breakfast colorful and inviting with these easy fruit packs!
Health Benefits of Acai
Acai is loaded with anti oxidants and rich in vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin A and calcium. Vitamin A supports eye heath, cell function, reproduction and immunity.
While there are studies that suggest acai may help in controlling cholesterol and heart health, supporting brain function and reduce cancer growth, the studies were limited.
However, whether or not acai helps with these medical conditions, the power it has in anti oxidants definitely provides a boost to your immune system.This is one of the healthiest smoothie bowl recipes ever jam packed with super food power by also incorporating some matcha and chia seed into this delicious bowl of goodness plus an extra dose of protein with the peanut powder.
Brazilian Acai Bowl
Acai is especially popular in Brazil. In Northern Brazil, it is used in savory recipes. In southern Brazil, acai is most often used in smoothie bowls, where it is known as Acai na Tigela.
The Acai Bowls in Brazil are usually much simpler than this acai bowl recipe with just acai and a little water and sweetened with guarana syrup. These simple Brazilian Acai Bowls are then topped with fresh fruit like bananas and mango.
Brazilian Acai Bowls can easily be found on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
- Instead of the peanut powder, you can use nut butter like peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter or use protein powder.
- Instead of Greek yogurt, you can frozen banana and then use dairy free milk like almond milk or oat milk. If you don’t freeze the banana, the smoothie will be too thin.
- For a more traditional Acai Smoothie Bowl, double up on the acai and eliminate the yogurt.
- Any kind of frozen fruit like mixed berries, frozen blueberries, frozen mango or pineapple can be used.
- Many other toppings can be added or substituted like pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, sunflower seed, dried fruit and fresh strawberries or other fresh fruit.
Ingredients for Acai Bowl
- frozen strawberries
- frozen acai packet – full of anti oxidants and vitamins
- Greek yogurt
- peanut butter powder (or vanilla protein powder)
- chia seed – full of protein and fiber
- matcha – full of anti oxidant power
- honey (or sweetener of choice)
To be quite honest, you can load up your smoothie base with desired toppings of your own choosing. This is just what was used in this version and I have given you more options in the Variations listed above.
- slices of banana
- sliced almonds
- chopped pistacchios
- pomegranate seeds
- golden raisins
- chopped apple (tossed with a little lemon juice)
- cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice mix (optional)
How to Make Acai Smoothie Bowl
- In a blender or food processor, combine frozen berries, banana and acai puree.
- Add everything else except the toppings.
- Blend well.
- Pour into a bowl.
- Add your favorite toppings
Packed with healthy fats and anti oxidant power, this acai smoothie bowl makes the perfect breakfast. It’s a great idea to start the day with.
This homemade acai bowl recipe is better than any you can order because it is a DIY Acai Bowl so you are free to customize it with your own desired toppings and are not limited by what the shop offers. This automatically pushes it a step up and will make it the best acai bowl for your own palate and preferences.
Isn’t that a wonderful bowl of goodness?
…and if you are looking for more smoothie ideas, here are a few more.
- Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
- Banana Date Smoothie
- Vegan Avocado Smoothie
- Vegan Berry Goji Berry Smoothie
- Vegan Beet Apple Berry Smoothie
Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 100 gram pack frozen acai berry puree
- 1 teaspoon matcha
- 1 teaspoon chia seed
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder or protein powder
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 apple chopped and tossed in lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistacchios
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tablespoon golden raisins
- pumpkin pie spice mix optional
- In a high speed blender, combine banana, frozen strawberries and frozen acai puree.
- Add matcha, chia seed and peanut powder.
- Add yogurt and honey (if using) and blend well until thoroughly combined.
- Pour into a serving bowl and add the toppings as desired.
- Garnish with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
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That is one colorful super healthy yogurt bowl. Love all the ingredients that went in. We usually get acai berry juice. Will look for frozen acai pack next time I go shopping. I rather use acai pack in smoothies than drink sugar loaded acai juices.
the brand is sambazon. It is usually in the frozen section right by the frozen fruit and it is unsweetened. The pure fruit puree so perfect to use in smoothies
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I have been hearing about acai but never tried it, and have not even checked the aisles for the same… the bowl looks power packed!
it is super healthy – you should definitely check to see if you can find it in your market
Such a catchy, colourful, healthy and filling yogurt bowl to kick start a day. Inviting to the core.
thank you – yes it’s a great way to start the day!
That is a colourful yogurt bowl with all the goodness of fruits. Looks absolutely yum..
a healthy and delicious way to start the day it is!
That is my kind of breakfast bowl, Mir. Though I haven’t tried Acai and matcha, I can imagine the flavors in that bowl.
you should definitely try the acai – I am sure you will like it!
Acai + yogurt + fruits + matcha omg… this is a bowl full of goodness. Very yummy and healthy too.
Acai is such a rage these days and my husband is a big fan of it. We recently bought acai powder from Wegman’s and he has been adding it to his smoothies. I have to show him this acai bowl recipe – I am sure he’ll enjoy it quite a bit.
You should see if they have the acai fruit puree packs the next time you go to the market. I think it is preferable to using the powder.
This is superb, you made this healthy bowl with all power packed ingredients. Love the color and tempted to have it now. Fabulous recipe share.
thanks yes it is healthy and also inviting as it is so colorful
I am one of the few who has not tried Acai yet! This is such a colorful way to begin the day. Love all the different flavors in it. I will put down Acai and Matcha in my shopping list!
yes these superfoods are great and the acai is delicious too!
I have tried Acai juice some time ago, tastes great. Yogurt with acai also sounds interesting.
If you liked the juice, I am sure you will like this smoothie version also!
That yogurt bowl looks so colourful and delicious. Sounds very healthy and yes teaching kids on how the right food to enjoy is so important…very nice one Mir.
yes – makes them want to eat more blackberries 🙂
Acai berries are very good for health.. I used to make smoothies and juices when I was living in Brazil. We don’t get them in India.
yes as it is a superfood – we now find the juice and fruit puree everywhere and smoothies with them are the best
and 6x more effective than any diet!