Açaí bowls are my love language. They're delicious and beautiful, but they can be pretty expensive at smoothie joints, often causing me to fork over $12 or more for an Instagram-worthy bowl. Fortunately, making your own dreamy açaí bowl is much easier on the wallet and requires minimal skills in the kitchen.
First, I'll say that smoothie making is an art form. If you feel like you need a higher proportion of berries or have a blender that doesn't require as much liquid, do your thing. My go-to açaí bowl recipe is simply a guideline, and the beauty of handcrafting your perfect bowl is that you can throw your own spin on it! So, add a glob of honey, drizzle in the agave, or follow this recipe exactly. Any way you make it, you'll end up with a truly delicious breakfast (or lunch!).
My favourite blend consists of a Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Açaí Packet, some frozen mangoes and blueberries, a frozen banana, and some light coconut milk to whirl it all together. I also always sprinkle a bit of maca root powder in my smoothies for an all-natural energy boost.
As for toppings, load up your bowl with nutritious, pretty things you actually enjoy. My bowls are usually topped with whatever fresh fruit I have lying around, as well as a handful of granola and maybe a drizzle of nut butter — but feel free to get creative! Coconut shreds, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries . . . the possibilities are endless.
Pro tip: if you want to take a photo of your bowl before eating it (very necessary), place the bowl itself in the freezer while you prep the ingredients. The chilled bowl will help prolong the texture of your smoothie mixture!
- For the base:
3/4 cup light coconut milk
1 frozen banana
1 Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Açaí Packet
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
- For the toppings:
Unsweetened nut butter
- Gather and prepare all toppings. Set aside.
- Add ingredients to blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth and creamy (usually 1 minute on high). Adjust the proportions of coconut milk and banana to make the base thicker or more fluid.
- Spoon your smoothie base into your cutest bowl, and decorate with delicious toppings!
- 16 ounces