A Healthy Acai Bowl Recipe Made at Home

acai bowl recipe
Healthy and refreshing Acai Bowl made with fresh seasonal ingredients. A delicious way to fill yourself with energy and support your health and immune system.

Since our family trip to Hawaii last winter we have been obsessed with Açaí Bowls. This acai bowl with banana recipe is cool, refreshing, energizing, and healthy. It is the perfect breakfast or lunch on hot summer days. Let’s explore how to make Acai bowls that are healthy, produce energy in our bodies, and provide us with the necessary nutrients for maintaining good health.


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Are Acai Bowls Healthy?

Well, that depends.

Not all Acai Bowls are equal. A store-bought, pre-packaged Acai will likely have preservatives, fillers, refined sugars, and even artificial sweeteners. This recipe, however, is full of whole and natural ingredients that give you energy and help support your immune system and body.

Acai bowl recipe

What is Acai?

Acai, commonly used in acai bowls and smoothie recipes is the fruit of the acai palm tree native to tropical Central and South America. Long known for being the not-so-secret ingredient in picture-perfect smoothie bowls, Açaí has some fantastic health benefits and paired with the right ingredients, tastes amazing too.

Açaí berries are nutrient-dense and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants—more so than cranberry, raspberry, and even blueberry. Antioxidants are thought to protect cells from damage and fight against disease and illness.

How is Acai Pronounced?

The pronunciation of “acai” can sometimes trip people up, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Acai is generally pronounced as AH-SAA-EE. So next time you’re ordering an acai bowl or making this recipe for your friends, you know how to say it!

What Ingredients Are in an Acai Bowl Recipe?

An Acai bowl is a refreshing and nutritious dish that’s become quite popular for its blend of vibrant flavors and health benefits. The ingredients can vary based on personal preferences. You can make acai bowls with bananas, coconuts, peanut butter, Nutella, and more!

Here are the basic components most commonly found in an Acai bowl:

Acai Smoothie

The smoothie portion of the Acai bowl recipe consists of liquid, acai puree, and frozen or fresh fruit.

Acai Smoothie Blended
Acai Puree

Acai puree forms the base of the acai bowl, without it, it’s just a smoothie bowl. You can get frozen packets of acai from the grocery store, for the best results it’s important to choose pure acai that has not been diluted or sweetened.

Frozen Fruit

Frozen Fruits: These could include bananas, mixed berries, strawberries, pineapples, and mangoes. The frozen fruit not only gives the bowl a thick, smoothie-like consistency but also adds natural sweetness.


Milk, juice, or even yogurt is often added to help blend the ingredients into a smooth consistency.

Optional Additions

Some recipes recommend adding a scoop of protein powder for a nutritional boost. There are many protein powder options on the market, use the one that suits your nutritional needs.

Here is what we like to include in our acai smoothie

Acai Toppings

The toppings are where you can get creative and add some texture and pops of flavor. Common toppings consist of granola, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits, dried coconut, and sweeteners like honey.

Fresh fruit on cutting board

Remember, these are just the basics. The beauty of an Acai bowl with banana is that you can customize it to your liking. Enjoy experimenting all year round with what is in season and try different combinations to create your perfect bowl!

Here is what we like to include as our toppings:

  • Granola
  • Dried Coconut Flakes
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Honey

Video of How I Make Healthy Acai at Home

In this video, I show how I make a healthy acai bowl at home using my point of view. The video showcases how I gather fresh fruit ingredients, how I add the ingredients to the blender, and how I add the toppings to the finished smoothie blend.

How to Make a Healthy Acai Bowl with Bananas at Home

Choose the freshest ingredients and let’s make a delicious and refreshing meal. In addition to the ingredients, you’ll also need a high-powered blender. This is the one we use.

Acai Bowl Ingredients

This recipe serves 4 medium-sized acai bowls. Feel free to scale it up or down, and freeze any left over for a tasty treat later.

How to Blend the Acai Smoothie

Thaw acai packets on the counter for several minutes, this will help you successfully blend a smooth result.

Acai Smoothie ingredients in blender.

Add 1 cup of tangerine juice, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, one whole banana, and 4 100g packets of frozen acai puree to the blender. Use the smoothie setting or blend on medium-high speed until fully blended.

Pour or spoon smoothie into bowls.

Add Toppings to the Acai Bowls

Cut up the fresh banana, pineapple, and peach into bite-sized pieces. Add a bit of each fruit to the top of the bowls. Add a few tablespoons of granola, a tablespoon of coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, and drizzle honey over the acai bowl with banana and serve.

Acai Bowl

Give your immune system a boost by making this recipe part of your weekly routine. Experiment with seasonal fresh fruits and other toppings to make your perfect Acai Bowl experience.

acai bowl recipe

Healthy Acai Bowl at Home

5 from 1 vote
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Healthy and refreshing Acai Bowl made with fresh seasonal ingredients. A delicious way to fill yourself with energy and support your health and immune system.



  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Tangerine Juice
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 400 g 100% Acai Puree


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Peach
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Dried Coconut Flakes
  • ¼ Pineapple



  • Set out Acai packets to thaw for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place smoothie ingredients in a high-power blender and use the smoothie function or blend on medium speed until all ingredients are blended.
  • Pour or spoon smoothie into bowls.


  • Cut fresh fruit into bite-sized pieces and evenly distribute onto smoothie in serving bowls.
  • Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and dried coconut flakes over smoothie and fruit.
  • Drizzle with Honey
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Calories: 266kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Amazon, Brazilian, Hawaiian
Keyword: acai

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