Save Money by Blending up an Acai Bowl Recipe at Home

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowls

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

Place frozen fruit and yogurt into a blender or food processor.

2

Blend on medium for a minute or so, and stop to scrape down sides a couple of times. Keep blending until creamy, and pour into 2 small bowls.

3

Add toppings as desired, and enjoy!

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Skip the pricey cafes and make this beautiful acai bowl recipe at home.

holding an acai bowl with toppings

Love fresh fruit smoothies or smoothie bowls as a delicious treat?!

You’ve gotta try making creamy smoothie acai bowls or smoothie bowls at home topped with yummy nut and granola toppings. Smoothie bowls are a great way to use up fruit that is about to go bad to avoid food waste. Each person can customize their own bowl as a fun breakfast recipe or snack idea.

bowls with acai ready for toppings

Did you know Acai berries are found in South America and are packed with antioxidants and vitamins?

They are high in fiber & calcium and are sometimes referred to as “purple gold” for their superfood qualities. Luckily frozen packets of acai are easy to find in grocery stores within the frozen fruit section.

bowl with blended acai bowls and toppings

Save money by making this at home and avoiding spendy juice bars or food trucks!

My teens often ask to buy acai bowls at our neighborhood juice bar. The only downside is they can be pricey at $10-$15 per bowl. We decided to try making our own Instagram-worthy version for the entire family at home and LOVED the result. The most fun part is adding the topping according to taste.

If you’re looking for a yummy granola recommendation, I am using this Bear Naked brand in the cocoa & cashew butter flavor, and wow it’s delicious!

blender and ingredients to make acai bowls

Tips for making this acai bowl recipe:


  • Use frozen fruit and yogurt for a thicker consistency. The point of smoothie bowls is to be kinda thick like sorbet. To get this consistency, start with frozen fruit. You can add a little juice or milk instead of yogurt but be careful not to add too much. You can freeze fresh fruit first, or buy it already frozen in the store.
  • Use a high-powered blender like Vitamix or a food processor for best results. Frozen fruit can be trickier to whip up, and I’ve successfully done it using either of those machines.
  • Consider other frozen fruits! We enjoy acai berry packets that can be found in the frozen fruit aisle. However, this idea can be adapted to your family, and you can use lots of different frozen fruits such as strawberries, pineapple, mango, raspberries, blueberries, etc.
  • Check out the bulk food bins of your grocery store for toppings! You can buy small amounts of items like chia seeds, granola, nuts, or dried coconut if you don’t want to buy full packages of those items.

frozen acai packets

blended acai in a vitamix blender

pouring acai bowls

adding toppings to acai

2 acai bowls on the counter


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Acai Berry Smoothie Bowls

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Creamy frozen acai packets with your choice of berries, nuts, and granola toppings.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Place frozen fruit and yogurt into a blender or food processor.

2

Blend on medium for a minute or so, and stop to scrape down sides a couple of times. Keep blending until creamy, and pour into 2 small bowls.

3

Add toppings as desired, and enjoy!

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woman holding a acai bowl with fruit and nut toppings

We are BERRY obsessed with DIY acai smoothie bowls!

I love all these beautiful fruit flavors and textures. It’s a feast for the eyes too, isn’t it? This could be a fun after-school snack, breakfast, or special treat. You could make a green smoothie bowl and include spinach and avocado for a different variation.

Curious about my vintage lotus bowls? I collect them at thrift shops, but you can check Etsy.com to grab some for yourself!

Sara's Smoothie Bowl

Here’s how my teammate Sara serves up her favorite acai bowl:

“I like to add Perfect Keto Nut Butter on top and the açaí makes it harden almost immediately like ice cream.  It tastes so good and the consistency reminds me of a chocolate peanut butter swirl with the big chunks of swirl.”


Bake pancakes in the oven on a sheet pan for breakfast!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 21

  1. Amanda

    We make these as a healthy treat for our kids all the time! If we ever have fruit that’s about to go bad I freeze it to save for these

  2. Mia Mae

    I add frozen cauliflower to smoothies and my kids have no idea!

    • Mel

      Great idea !! I normally shove all the spinach I can into that blender 😂 cauliflower is next

      • Lis

        I used frozen riced cauliflower and you can’t even tell!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I love that idea- thanks!

  3. M

    These look so yummy! I’ll have to try them! We have done something similar using frozen bananas as a base topped with strawberries and raisins.. but these look prettier!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much!

  4. katherinesmith

    Where did you get those beautiful bowls?!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw thanks! Those are vintage fluted milk glass. They were a gift and the set came from an estate sale – ❤️

  5. Nita

    Also can work with yogurt if you want to cut back on the sweetness. I’m going to incorporate this idea with yogurt in a small mason jar, thanks! And yes, these kinds of healthy options are so expensive when bought individually!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure – nice idea 👍

  6. Garfield

    I also buy the açaí pouches from Costco and use those with frozen bananas.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes love those also!

  7. Lee

    Buy a yonana and it will make the perfect consistency using frozen fruit and veggies! We love love our yonana

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! We talk about that here, Lee!

  8. Susan A

    We put a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator. We use only the solid part and put it in the blender first to whip it up and then add frozen fruit. I’m thinking if you did this and used berries, it would probably be keto (not certain)? But we have also used bananas and pineapples.

  9. JenB

    Looks yummy! Where can I get good frozen fruit? I like Trader Joes for pineapple tidbits, but I don’t know where to get good berries that aren’t sour.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! Many readers have said they love Costco for frozen fruit. 🙂

      • JenB

        Thanks! I will try this out soon!

  10. Anniebananie

    They had these Açaí bowls at a CrossFit event for $13.00 each. My son’s gf bought one for me. It was sooo good! Thank you for this post. I’m going to make my own now.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay!! That’s a great idea – enjoy!

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