Açaí bowls are all the rage recently and rightfully so. They taste delicious, are nutrient rich and come together in less than 5 minutes! Top it with your favorite fruits and cereal of choice for a powerful feel-good breakfast.
What is Açaí?
Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-eee) is a tart tropical fruit common in the Amazonian region, popular all over Brazil and now the world!
Generally speaking, in northern Brazil people use açaí to make savory dishes, while in the south it’s consumed sweet.
Açaí na tijela, as we call açaí bowls in Portuguese, has always been super popular in Rio. My favorite way to enjoy them was in a beach kiosk looking at the ocean after soaking up the sun all day. It’s such a perfect icy cold treat.
Other than at the beach, you can also find them in juice/smoothie joints, gym cafeterias, at a mall’s food court… seriously, everywhere. Lucky for everyone, nowadays it’s almost just as easy to find places that sell açaí bowls, or açaí smoothies all over the US and other parts of the world. At least in big metropolitan areas.
And it’s also super easy to make your own homemade açaí bowl – all you need is a blender and açaí.
How to make Açaí Bowl
It’s fairly easy to find açaí puree in the freezer isle of most grocery stores and online.
Açaí by itself is pretty tart, so traditionally, in Brazil we mix it with guaraná syrup, and depending on how much you add, you can turn your healthy bowls into super sweet (I’m personally not complaining!) sugar bombs.
The puree itself can be sweetened, sometimes already blended with some guaraná extract, or sometimes with guaraná + sugar. But you can also find unsweetened açaí puree.
You can use whichever you prefer to make a bowl.
I tend to like my simple açaí bowls to be more on the sweet side. So, in this recipe I use a packet that’s already blended with guaraná extract, and I add a little extra sugar too. But adding sugar is entirely optional. Instead, you can sweeten it with honey, agave, or not at all! Up to you!
I add sugar to mine, because it makes the flavor a lot similar to the açaí bowls I had growing up that were absolutely loaded with guaraná syrup. But, this is a treat I definitely don’t have everyday.
To make a bowl, all you need to do is blend the açaí puree with water and your sweetener of choice, if any. Then add your favorite fruits and granola e pronto! Your açaí na tijela is all done.
This is my absolute favorite açaí bowl recipe. Just açaí + guaraná blend, sweetened with a little sugar, topped with nothing else but banana and vanilla granola. It’s the life!
I hope you enjoy it.
Homemade Açaí Bowl FAQ:
In California, açaí puree as well as powder can be easily found in most grocery stores, primarily Whole Foods and Sprouts, or online at Amazon. I also always find frozen açaí at Costco!
I mean… Açaí by itself, similar to other berries, really is healthy and a fantastic fruit loaded with health benefits. They’re nutrient dense, full of antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, boosts immunity.
Some açaí bowls, however, aren’t considered healthy, because of their high sugar/guaraná syrup content. So, it’s super important to keep an eye out for the ingredient list from the puree you’re buying, as some of them have A LOT of sugar already added.
I tend to like my açaí bowl on the sweet side, and I feel no guilt – I just enjoy it in moderation.
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- 2 packets of frozen Açaí Berry + Guaraná puree I use Sambazon Original Blend
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup french vanilla granola
- In a cup, combine the sugar with the water, and mix until sugar is dissolved
- Add the 2 frozen packets of açaí to a blender, then add the water/sugar mixture
- Blend well, about a minute, then scoop the açaí into a bowl
- Top it with sliced bananas, and granola