An Acai bowl is frozen or powdered acai berries mixed into yogurt or frozen bananas and a few other ingredients to make for a delicious and healthy breakfast that looks like ice cream and makes you feel great!
The Nutrition of the Acai Berry
The Acai breakfast bowl trend reached mainstream popularity a few years ago, starting with the healthy eater and moving into mainstream. Its a chilled creamy ice-cream-like recipe made from acai (pronounced ah-sai-ee) berry pulp. The berries are the fruits of acai palm trees found in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest and are said to have one of the most nutritionally complete profiles of all fruits. The berries, which taste like a mix of blueberries and chocolate, are extremely high in protein and have essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3 not commonly found in fruits. The berry also has a slew of vitamins and minerals that boost energy levels, support the immune system, and support most metabolic functions with.
The berries are highly perishable, so in many areas of the world the only way to access acai is via flash-frozen berries and pulp sold by a few companies, including Sambazon and Amafruits.
makes 6 cups
- 4 packets frozen acai pulp packets (I use this brand)
- 1 cup plant-based yogurt
- 2 cup softly frozen strawberries
- 2 cup softly frozen blueberries
- 1 softly frozen zucchini
Let the frozen packets and fruits and veggies thaw 5 minutes so they don’t break your blender blades. Blend all ingredients, pour into a platter – I used a Staub cast iron serving pan by @zwilling_usa – and serve with toppings immediately.
BONUS: Can’t find frozen packets? Here is how to make it with Acai powder instead of frozen Acai:
- Replace each packet with a 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1/2 frozen banana, and two tbsp Sambazon Organic Freeze-Dried Acai Powder
Sponsored by @zwilling_usa, however all opinions are my own.