Steph Osmanski | How to Make an Acai Bowl at Home: Acai Berry Recipe
What's the secret to making the perfect acai bowl at home? Check out this acai berry recipe.
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The Perfect Acai Bowl Recipe

The Perfect Acai Bowl Recipe

Acai bowls (pronounced ah-sy-ee) have a lot of buzz right now, thanks to the amazing efforts of YouTubers, bloggers, and influencers on Instagram. And there’s a reason. Acai bowl recipes — which originate from Brazil — make up the trifecta of all good things: not only are they healthy (made from the superfood acai berries that pack a good-for-you punch), they are visually pleasing, and to top it off, they’re super, super delicious. What more could you want from a breakfast dish?

 

If you’re not located in a major city though, the issue is finding a place trendy enough to offer acai bowls. Though I used to live in Hoboken and work in Manhattan, recent life events have found me back in hometown on Long Island — an unfortunate result of which is limited access to trendy things (like acai bowls). Though I will say, if you’re from the Suffolk County area, Sundaes in Port Jefferson makes a pretty yummy version of acai bowls and I also heard a rumor that Ralph’s chains are going to be hopping on the wagon soon, too.

 

Cue me being so unbelievably desperate for a scrumptious fruit bowl topped with granola, chia seeds, and shredded coconut that I became a self-proclaimed master at perfecting the acai bowl at home. Now, I’m sharing my recipe.

(Photo Credit: Tess Rampersad)

 

Ingredients

  • Acai berry juice or frozen acai packets (juice is available at Costco, frozen packets can be found at Whole Foods, on Amazon, or Sambazon)
  • Frozen banana
  • Almond or coconut milk

Toppings

  • Granola
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chia seeds
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Blend the frozen banana and acai berry juice (or frozen packet) together. Some recipes call for 1/2 banana but I usually use a whole one.
  2. Add in a tiny bit of almond or coconut milk in order to create the paste-like texture. Be careful not to over blend. You don’t want bumps of banana or acai in your bowl, but it should be thicker and creamier than a smoothie.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and now add your favorite toppings. The ones I always include are granola, coconut flakes, chia seeds, blueberries, and strawberries; but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add strawberries and kiwi in there too for extra flavoring and texture.
  4. Enjoy your acai bowl! (But probably find some exceptional lighting and Instagram it first.)

For more, watch the video below:

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