Everything You Need To Know About Açaí Bowls + 15 Recipes

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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!

Be sure to tag #breakfastcriminals if you post your creations on Instagram.

 What is açaí?  

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. We explain why frozen puree packs are always preferred over powder in this video.

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.
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What makes a great açaí bowl?

There are 5 things you need to know to make a great açaí bowl every time. I share all of them in this video:

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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!
Two years later, when Breakfast Criminals became a global movement, I led a Goddess Dance, Yoga & Acai Bowls retreat in Brazil. That’s when I had my first authentic açaí bowl in the berry’s motherland, and my life changed forever. I’m sharing videos from my hunt for the best açaí bowl in Brazil on Breakfast Criminals YouTube channel.

What are the health benefits of açaí? 

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.
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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!

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15 Best Açaí Bowl Recipes:

1. Simple & Authentic Acai Bowl Recipe:

Easy acai bowl recipe low glycemic

2. Purple Love Bowl: Açaí + Overnight Oats Recipe:

Purple Love Raw Oats & Chia Bowl with acai

3. Blackberry Avocado Açaí Bowl Recipe:

blackberry açai avocado smoothie bowl | breakfast criminals

4. Mango Açaí Bowl Recipe

BreakfastCriminals - Mango Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe

5. Pumpkin Pie Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Acai Bowl

6. Strawberry Nectarine Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Strawberry Nectarine Acai Bowl

 

7. Beaming Protein Açaí Bowl Recipe: 

Protein Acai Bowl at Beaming | Breakfast Criminals

8. Chocolate Mango Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Raw Chocolate Mango Açaí Bowl | Breakfast Criminals

9. Raw Vegan Cherry Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Raw Vegan Cherry Acai Bowl

10. Berry Lucuma Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Berry Lucuma Acai Bowl Recipe

11. Cinnamon Spice Cookie Açaí Bowl Recipe:

CINNAMON SPICE COOKIE ACAI BOWL

12. Berry & Kale Superfood Açaí Bowl Recipe:

KaleBerryBreakfastBowl | Breakfast Criminals

 

13. Pumpkin Papaya Açaí Bowl Recipe:

Pumpkin Papaya acai bowl recipe

14. Raspberry Kiwi Açaí Bowl 

Blend:

  • 1 açaí smoothie pack
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
Toppings: 
  • Raspberries
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Mulberries
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Optional: amond butter, granola

15. Açaí Parfait In A Jar

Blend:

  • 1 açaí smoothie pack
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon maca
  • 1 scoop raw chocolate protein powder for an extra kick (optional)
Toppings:
  • chocolate granola
  • strawberries & blueberries
  • hemp seeds
  • raw cacao nibs
  • dried coconut flakes

Want more? Check out the Breakfast Criminals eBook for a ton more delicious breakfast recipes:

Breakfast Criminals ebook

Here’s what people are saying:

Jessica Sepel, Qualified Nutritionist & Wellness Coach (Sydney, Australia) @jshealth:

“I get such inspiration from Breakfast Criminals’ beautiful recipes. They’ve motivated me to whip up countless smoothies, oatmeals and pancake creations.”  

Sasha Nelson, Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Coach (New York, USA |  @sashayogawellness:

“The gorgeous Breakfast Criminals ebook will inspire you to get creative in your kitchen, nourish your body [so it nourishes you back], and have fun while doing it.”