1 packet frozen açai berries (like the kind from Sambazon)
¼ - ½ cup frozen fruit such as banana, blueberries or mango
¼ cup almond milk or coconut water
½ cup greens (optional)
shredded coconut, cacao nibs, granola, nut butter or any other toppings you’d like
- In a high-speed blender, combine the frozen fruit, liquid and greens if using.
Blend on high until smooth. *If things don’t seem to be moving, add liquid slowly at just a few tablespoons at a time.
Pour into a bowl and top with whatever toppings you’d like.
Here’s the thing - açai bowls are beautiful, delicious, and probably unnecessary but also kind of irresistible. There’s really nothing wrong with indulging in your açai bowl habit, but it’s safe to say your wallet (and ultimately bank account) will take a hit. Most places charge upwards of $8 for what is essentially a smoothie with some extra fruit and granola on top so what’s the happy medium? Make your own.
It’s super easy to make these ‘grammable but also tasty treats, and they’re actually pretty healthy if you don’t add too much extra sugar. They essentially consist of frozen açai berries, a bit of other frozen fruit like bananas or strawberries, and just a touch of liquid to get things going (preferably non-dairy milk or coconut water). It’s easier than ever to get your hands on frozen açai packets these days (you can find them at major grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and even Costco) and as long as you have a high-powered blender like this one, you’re good to go.
Since açai itself isn’t super sweet, most places where you can buy an açai bowl will add sugar in different forms like more fruit, agave, or sweetened yogurts. Because of this, it’s not only cheaper to make yours at home, but also potentially better for you since you can control exactly what goes in it. Adding frozen banana (and you don’t need much, maybe just half of a ripe one) will make the bowl extra creamy, almost like a milkshake. Non-dairy or even regular milk will have a similar effect, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t add too much liquid, otherwise it’ll turn into drinkable smoothie instead of something you eat with a spoon.
And for the toppings, just add what you love! Sliced strawberries are always delicious, as are coconut shavings, and granola. Some other ideas include cacao nibs, chia seeds, nut butter drizzled on top, or bee pollen. If you’re feeling extra motivated and your new year’s resolutions are going strong, you can even add greens like spinach and kale to the mix before blending. This will add extra nutrients and make your bowl more filling. The main idea is really to just make something that tastes good, refreshing, and (let’s be real) tropical - feel free to customize the recipe to your liking!
Jordan Drankoski is the one woman star of the foodie blog Dancing for Donuts. She's a regular guest writer on ToBox serving up inspiration and recipes for the mind and soul. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes, hiking, trying new restaurants and visiting new places.