Acai bowls have become an Instagram staple. Those pretty bowls loaded with fruit and bursting with color are mighty tempting. Who wouldn't love to indulge in this tropical treat? Purchasing them at smoothie shops gets expensive fast, so why not make your own acai bowls?
Below we share an exciting recipe for a gorgeous and delicious acai bowl prepared with just three ingredients. Interested? Keep reading!
What is an Acai bowl?
An acai bowl features a frozen fruit puree topped with sliced bananas, granola, and seasonal fruits like berries, mango or coconut. The base of it all is the acai berry, which is native to Brazil.
What is acai?
Acai berries come from a South American palm tree. They grow in bunches like grapes but are similar to blueberries in color and size.
Acai is most commonly sold frozen or in powder form. Look for frozen acai pulp in the freezer section of your local health foods store.
Learn more about acai berries by clicking here.
Nutrition of Acai Berries
Acai berries are considered a superfood because they are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and phenolic compounds that may be beneficial to heart health, according to scientific research.
These exotic berries are also loaded with vitamin A and calcium.
Calories in Acai Berries
A 100g serving of acai berries contains 247 calories and almost twice the recommended daily value of fiber, according to Livestrong.
Acai bowl ingredients
In the United States, many commercial acai bowls contain dairy but that ingredient is optional. The Brazilian version does not contain dairy. In fact, the beautiful purple acai puree is made from just two ingredients: acai pulp and frozen bananas.
The bananas add a silky texture to the puree and their sweetness balances the natural acidity of acai berries.
After the puree is made, it is poured into a bowl and topped with fresh bananas, strawberries, blueberries, granola, and even coconut. Some modern versions add nuts and seeds.
How To Make An Authentic Acai Bowl
If you are interested in making an authentic Brazilian acai bowl you'll find an easy three-ingredient recipe below from Youtuber Adriana Harlan, who was born and raised in Brazil and is the creator of Living Healthy With Chocolate.
Hungry for more?
If you love the flavor of acai then make yourself a batch of this smoothie made from acai berries, raspberries, and yogurt.