Ever since I got my hands on some acai powder, I’ve been making acai bowls non-stop. They are SO good. It’s like having a frozen fruit dessert for breakfast, but made of superfoods. Um, yes please!

This Banana Berry Acai Bowl recipe has quickly become my favorite way to make (and eat) acai bowls thus far, and I’m excited to share it on the blog today.

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Before recently, I honestly didn’t really think to make acai bowls at home because I didn’t know how to do it.

Where does one get acai fruit? I had never seen it at the grocery store, and once I did decide to try making my own acai bowls at home, I noticed that it’s actually pretty hard to find.

After I did some research, I did find that you can make acai bowls from frozen acai fruit packets. However, a lot of the packets I found were mixed with other frozen fruits or ingredients. Which is something I could just do myself. ( I also find acai on it’s own to be a bit bitter ).

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Then I read about freeze dried acai powder, and all the health benefits inside of it, and figured I’d give it a try. Basically, acai fruit has a high content of antioxidants, fatty acids, amino acids and fiber, and the nutritional value in them is preserved when they are freeze dried and ground into powdered form.

Note: make sure your acai powder is made of freeze dried fruit and keep it refrigerated.

I got some organic acai powder from Nuts.com, and gave it a whirl.

I combined frozen berries, a non-frozen banana, acai powder, almond milk, and honey together in the blender and mixed until a smoothie texture formed.

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Then I poured the smoothie into bowls and topped them with some of my favorite things…chia seeds, sliced banana, berries, almonds, and a bit more acai powder. 🙂

Honestly, these Banana Berry Acai Bowls were just so easy to make!

You can top yours with any topping of your choice, and I can think of so many more that I want to try… like shredded coconut, almond butter, bee pollen, granola, pineapple…. the list goes on and on.

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I personally prefer the way acai bowls taste when other berries and a banana is mixed into the smoothie itself. I loved using frozen cherries here because they are my favorite fruit. 🙂 I found them at Trader Joes, and they seem to have them pretty much all year long.

BUT if you can’t find frozen cherries, just use a different berry instead.

Also, you can make yours more or less sweet. I used 1 Tbs of honey, but I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so start with less to see how you like it.

The best part about making acai bowls at home, aside from knowing exactly what is inside of them, is saving money! It’s so much cheaper to make them at home :).

I love making any type of smoothie at home for that reason!

Check out this Strawberry Banana Smoothie by Joy Food Sunshine for more healthy homemade smoothie inspiration!

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Banana Berry Acai Bowls (Paleo, GF)

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 banana, (not frozen)
  • 2 Tbs  acai powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk, (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 Tbs honey, ( more or less depending on preference)

Instructions

  • Put all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until everything is blended and smooth.
  • Pour smoothie into bowls and top with acai bowl toppings of your choice. (For example... chia seeds, acai powder, shredded coconut, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds)
  • Serves 2 in regular sized bowls or 1 in a large bowl.