Acai Smoothie Bowls are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast.
When my husband and I went to Hawaii a couple of years ago for our honeymoon, I had one for the first time at a lovely little restaurant with a second-story, open-air lanai.
Not only was it delicious, but it was a work of art.
Plus, it was one of those moments that sticks in your memory forever– it was the last day of once-in-a-lifetime trip with my husband, the sun was shining, there was a warm tropical breeze, and we were savoring the last few hours before we headed to the airport and back to reality. I remember thinking then, “Is it possible to be happier than this?”
When we got back to Iowa, I was thrilled to learn there were actually TWO places near us that make acai smoothie bowls. One is Beef Cake Fuel in Clocktower Square (the Truffle Shuffle is my favorite), and the other is Big Acai in Valley Junction. Since our return from Hawaii, we’ve had acai bowls at both places a number of times, and both are delicious.
A lighter Christmas breakfast for the family
We opened gifts with the kids on Saturday this year, because it was the only day we could get the majority of them all together. They celebrated with us, and then had another “Christmas” to go to at their dad’s house on Sunday. Because they would be eating a big dinner with him early in the day, I knew they wouldn’t want a big, heavy breakfast.
These acai smoothie bowls were the perfect thing to serve. I was able to prepare the smoothie mixture the day before and place them in the freezer. Then, the next morning, after we had all been up late opening gifs, eating, and playing cards, it was simple to just get the individual bowls from the freezer, and set out a variety of toppings for everyone to customize their own bowl.
Make your own acai bowls at home
These acai smoothie bowls are so easy to make at home. You can purchase frozen acai puree at a number of places, but my very favorite is this one from Trader Joe’s.
Inside the package are four individual packets. You simply run them under a little bit of warm water to release from the wrapper more easily, cut off the top, and slide them into your blender.
Add your choice of frozen fruits and juice to the acai puree
One individual packet easily makes two smoothie bowls, because you add some of your own fruits and juice to the frozen puree packets of acai.
Here I used a few frozen cherries, blackberries, raspberries, a frozen banana that I had in my freezer, and a little bit of 100% cherry juice.
Add the juice a little at a time as you blend. You want it to be on the thicker side.
Pour into individual freezer-safe bowls
When you get it to the consistency that you want, pour into freezer-safe bowls with lids. THESE pyrex bowls are the ones I have, and they work perfectly.
You can serve your acai smoothie bowl right away, but I prefer preparing my mixture the night before and allowing it to harden in the freezer overnight. because I like a thicker consistency.
Thaw slightly before serving
When you are ready to serve your acai smoothie bowls, take as many from the freezer as needed and allow to thaw at room temp for about 15 minutes, or if you’re in a hurry, pop one bowl into the microwave for about 15 seconds. Be careful though–you don’t want it to turn into a runny consistency.
Toppings are the name of the game
While your acai bowl is thawing, gather up your toppings. My favorites are:
- almond butter or peanut butter
- fresh berries
- sliced banana
- mini chocolate chips
- fresh honey
Other toppings that would also be fantastic:
- shredded coconut
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
- cacao nibs
- almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios
- chocolate syrup
Really the sky is the limit when it comes to the toppings. I’m a creature of habit though, and almost always make mine exactly the same way. I mean, why mess with a good thing, right? 😜
These acai smoothie bowls really are as good as they look. They are special enough to be served for company, but easy enough to have even on a busy workday morning.
I hope you give them a try, and if you do, let me know in the comments how you liked them. 🌸