Everything You Need To Know About Açaí Bowls + 14 Recipes
The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Açaí Bowl
December 2016 UPDATE: I’ve published a new blog post about açaí after going to the açaí rainforest in Brazil and learning about how it grows, its benefits & the traditional way to eat açaí. See it here:
A traditional dish eaten on the beaches of Brazil, açaí bowls are crazy popular around the world, and for a good reason.
A delicious way to start your day with clean energy and one of my all-time favorite breakfasts, an açaí bowl is super easy to make. The best part is that you can make it completely your own – depending on what you have available. Here is a little more about açaí, some of my favorite ingredients and toppings, and top recipes for you to try!
The açaí (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a grape-like fruit harvested from açaí palm trees, native to the rainforests of South America. You can find açaí in the form of frozen smoothie packs or freeze dried powder.
What is an açaí bowl?
Açaí smoothie bowls – simply frozen açaí pulp blended with fruits and berries, and topped with banana, granola, coconut and other goodies, is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts.
Açaí + Breakfast Criminals Story
I tried my first açaí bowl in Hawaii, where it’s also now big part of the food culture favored by surfers, since it provides clean energy and a feeling of satisfied lightness (you’ll know what I mean when you try it!)
When I came back to New York, I realized that there’s no place that makes açaí bowls the way they’re meant to be – with soul. So I started making my own and posting them on Instagram. That’s how Breakfast Criminals was born!
Açaí is an amazing source of antioxidants, fiber, heart healthy-fats, and minerals. It’s also low on sugar – just make sure you grab the unsweetened version. You can find açaí at health food stores and online. My my favorite brand is Tambor – their açaí products are wild harvested and non-GMO project verified.
How do you make an açaí bowl?
Now let’s get to the fun part. The cool thing about an açaí bowl is that you can make it completely your own.
After tasting açaí bowls in their most pure, fresh form in Brazil with nothing added but some guarana and feeling their healing, grounding power, I like to have my açaí bowls naked, with nothing added (except for a splash of water to get the blender going and some raw cacao nibs on top).
On days when I want to get crafty, I do have my staple açaí bowl ingredients: banana, berries, coconut water, raw cacao to blend, and granola, coconut chips, almond butter, goji berries and blueberries to top the bowl. You can experiment and increase anti-inflammatory benefits by adding greens (spinach, kale) and superfoods such as maca, lucuma, mesquite and baobab.
Adding avocado for satisfying creaminess will make your bowl… açaí-mazing! Here are a few of my favorite açaí recipes – feel free to follow the instructions, and add your own twist for more fun!
Açaí bowl ingredients
Here are all my favorite ingredients to make an açaí bowl. mix, match, use what you have, and make it your own!