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How to Make a Homemade Acai Bowl

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A simple tutorial on how to make superfood-packed homemade acai bowls for breakfast.

Learn how to make an acai bowl for a healthy vegan and gluten-free breakfast option!This has become an almost weekly occurrence in my What I Ate Wednesday posts.  That is because I have made a habit out of eating acai bowls every. single. Saturday morning for the past couple of months.

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While they may have a fancy name that I can only correctly pronounce about 30 percent of the time, there is no fanciness involved when it comes to making these.  Four necessary ingredients + an endless amount of toppings = one healthy, superfood breakfast in five minutes flat.  Below you will find a step-by-step tutorial on how to make acai bowls at home.

Learn how to make an acai bowl for a healthy vegan and gluten-free breakfast option!How to Make a Homemade Acai Bowl

Makes 1 bowl


1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 Sambazon unsweetened acai smoothie packs, thawed for 30 minutes or run under hot water for a few seconds
1/2 large frozen ripe banana
1 tsp honey or agave nectar (vegan if using agave nectar)
2/3 cup frozen mixed berries*
1/2 cup granola or cereal*

*You can great creative with your toppings.  These are simply my go-tos.  I often see people topping their bowls with fresh banana slices, shredded coconut, nuts, and/or seeds.


1. Place almond milk, acai smoothie packs, banana, and honey or agave nectar  into high-powered blender.

2. Blend until well-combined and all chunks have disappeared.  The texture will be similar to a very thick smoothie.

3. Poor acai mixture into bowl and top with desired toppings.  I always select frozen mixed berries and granola for mine.

Learn how to make an acai bowl for a healthy vegan and gluten-free breakfast option!Acai bowls may look and sound fancy, but they are so easy to make at home.  Do yourself a favor and add this healthy, superfood bowl to your breakfast rotation!

Have you tried acai bowls?  Have you ever made your own?

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  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner November 25, 2014, 5:30 am
    I have seen acai bowls all over the blog-osphere lately but I never knew how to make them. I love oats and I love smoothies so I feel like this would be the perfect breakfast for me. Thanks for sharing! Where do you get the acai smoothie packs? Sara @ Lake Shore Runner recently posted...Tried it Tuesday #2: Goat Cheese, Sunchokes, Fennel + Blue Apron DiscountMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:12 am
      Yes, these are the BEST breakfasts!! I find the smoothie packs at Whole Foods. I bet you could search on the Sambazon website, too, for a store locator!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 25, 2014, 6:32 am
    YUM. When I was visiting my sister in Brazil, we would get these every single day- they had stands everywhere! I have never tried to recreate them, but I just might have to now! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Elf for Health Holiday ChallengeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:13 am
      Yes, you definitely should! It sounds like I need to take a vacation to Brazil sometime! So far I have two places on my list. Brazil for acai bowls and apparently Israel is VERY vegan-friendly.
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 25, 2014, 6:46 am
    I seriously NEED to get my hands on some acai packs! These bowls always look so good! I'm always jealous of everyone who shows them off ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:15 am
      Yes you do!!! They are a bit pricey, but SO worth it!
  • Linz @ Itz Linz November 25, 2014, 6:55 am
    i love getting acai bowls in california! i've never seen acai here in st louis - do you get those packets at the regular grocery store? Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted...I mustache you some questionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:17 am
      I buy them at Whole Foods. It looks like they have a store locator on their website that you might want to check out!
  • Farrah November 25, 2014, 8:34 am
    I love, love, love acai bowls. <3 I haven't made one in a while and there are a couple acai packs in my freezer (my mom mailed them over last winter because they don't sell any here and since it was during the polar vortex, they were still cold when they got here; silver linings!). Timeee to change that! Farrah recently posted...The Powerlifting & Pole ConundrumMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 2:50 pm
      Haha, that is SO funny! I guess there are SOME positive things about freeeeezing cold temperatures ;)
  • Morgan K. November 25, 2014, 8:39 am
    Oh I have never seen those acai packs before! I am going to have to look into getting some of those-- this looks SO good and definitely easy and yummy to make!! Re-Pinning for later! Morgan K. recently posted...Instagram LatelyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 2:51 pm
      Thanks Morgan! Yes, they are so delicious and SO easy to make. Let me know if you try making your own sometime :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 25, 2014, 10:25 am
    I love acai bowls! They remind me of Hawaii!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 2:54 pm
      Well if that is what Hawaii is like then I need to go there ASAP! I have never been, but I hear it is beautiful!
  • Kimchi Cakes November 25, 2014, 12:03 pm
    This made me so hungry. ^_^ Kimchi Cakes recently posted...Hyperbiotics Probiotics for Oral Health - Fights Bad Breath & Cavities ReviewMy Profile
  • Lisa Viger November 25, 2014, 3:57 pm
    Nice! I love the color of acai ... still can't pronounce it though! Lisa Viger recently posted...Chili Vegano, Best Vegan Chili RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:06 pm
      Is it SO pretty?? I love it too! I'm glad I am not the only one who cannot pronounce it right ;)
  • HeidiDee @ Beauty by HeidiDee November 25, 2014, 6:01 pm
    Those look amazing! My 18 month old is getting infinitely picky so I shall have to try one out on him ;) HeidiDee @ Beauty by HeidiDee recently posted...Falling Leaves- Fall Nail Art!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 8:08 pm
      Oh great idea! I hope he enjoys it! You might have to sneak some for yourself too ;)
  • Ashley November 25, 2014, 8:50 pm
    I've never seen those acai packs when I'm at the store - then again I'm never really looking looking for them either. Time to find out! These bowls look absolutely delicious! Ashley recently posted...Leftover Turkey and Cranberry EnchiladasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 25, 2014, 9:36 pm
      You should definitely track them down. They are a bit pricey, but SO worth it!
  • Joanna @Makingmine November 26, 2014, 7:14 am
    Thanks for sharing this - I always love the look of your acai bowls and now I know the secrets behind it all :) Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...8 non-toy christmas gifts your children will loveMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 28, 2014, 9:08 am
      Pretty easy, huh? Let me know if you try it!
  • Kim Roth February 25, 2015, 8:31 pm
    Trader joes carries the acai packets. They are sooo good :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 25, 2015, 9:16 pm
      They do?!? Wow, I need to check TJ's out! I bet they are cheaper there than at Whole Food :)
  • Alissa Apel March 16, 2015, 9:04 am
    These acai bowls look so yummy! I'm going to have to try them. I've never gotten those smoothie packs before. Alissa Apel recently posted...Mica's DoodlesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:27 am
      They are SO good!!! Hopefully they carry the packs in your area. If not, you should do a product request with your local grocery store :)
  • Jessica April 13, 2017, 3:56 am
    Amy idea what the calorie count is on this?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2017, 10:43 am
      I do not count calories or track macros so I do not have that information for you. Sorry!
  • Anna’s Mama August 2, 2018, 7:44 pm
    I made the açaí from the packet I got at Wegmans added coconut milk and a 1/2 banana blended it like your supposed to and mine is not thick at all it’s like a milk shake what went wrong
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 26, 2018, 10:43 am
      I would try adding less coconut milk next time. You could also add chia seeds to absorb some liquid. Since it is frozen, it will melt over time and become thinner.

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