Acai bowls are something every (ok, most) smoothie lovers love. Fun fact, I actually used to hate smoothie bowls, but that might be because I couldn’t get the right consistency and, well, because sometimes I don’t like smoothies. Shhh, don’t tell the smoothie lovers. All of that changed when I had my first açaí smoothie bowl from a legit place (not my home). It was freaking de-li-cious!! So good that I went to the store the next day and bought all the ingredients I needed to make my very own because spending $7 on a smoothie bowl daily isn’t in my budget.
I had that first smoothie bowl last year, but as the fall season rolled in, I stopped making them because it gets a little too cold here for me to happily enjoy a smoothie bowl. *cue the hot cocoa and bowls of warm soup* However, we are now getting some warmer weather. I mean, it is still technically winter, and the high temperature for today was 57 degrees (Fahrenheit), but any true Washingtonian knows that’s good weather here. I was feeling inspired by both a local cafe and a podcast I was listening to this week to make my own açaí smoothie bowl again, and since it’s warm-ish out…and the sun was shinning, allowing me to trick my brain into thinking it’s summer here, I figured today was the day.
I stopped by my fav store, Trader Joes, to pick up the ingredients I’d needed. I’ll list them here so you can snatch them up too and make your own açaí bowl.
- Coconut/aloe water (This is one container, it comes in a box, and it’s made/produced by Trader Joes.)
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen wild blueberries
- Acai mixture (in the frozen isle)
- Fresh strawberries
- A banana
- Granola (Ok, I picked up the Kind brand from Target, but Trader Joes does carry a granola that I’ve used in the past. Just pick one you like.)
I want to quickly note, you can change up the fruit, this is just what I like. I do suggest a banana though to help with the consistency. Also, the frozen fruit is for the part you’ll be blending. It needs to be frozen. The other fruit is for toppings.
HOW TO MAKE:
- Run one açaí smoothie packet under hot water to begin thawing. It doesn’t have to be completely thawed. I only did it for about 1-2 minutes. Toss into blender.
- Add 4 frozen strawberries. Mine were good-sized. Adjust if yours are smaller.
- Add ~1/4 cup frozen blueberries. I eyeballed it, as I do for most things when cooking/blending.
- Add half of a banana. Save other half for the toppings.
- Pour 1/2 cup of the coconut/aloe water into the blender.
- Put the lid on. (Important step) Blend. From here, add small amounts of the coconut/aloe water as needed. You don’t want to add too much, or else you get a runny smoothie bowl. (This is where I’ve messed up in the past.) You are looking for a think consistency, but all the frozen berries need to be blended in. The strawberries are usually the thing that take the most time. *If you add too much water, toss some more frozen berries in. Don’t use ice because this will dilute the flavor of your smoothie bowl, and nobody wants that.
- Once everything is smooth and blended up well, grab your favorite bowl and pour/scoop the smoothie in.
- Slice up the fresh berries and banana, then top your smoothie bowl with whatever design (or no design) your heart desires. Add some granola on there too because the crunch is nice. Drizzle with a touch of honey to add a little sweetness (because that açaí is tart).
- Grab a spoon and enjoy!
You can also add blueberries to the toppings, I’ve done it and it’s super tasty. Another popular topping is shredded coconut. I can’t testify to this, as I hate all things coconut (except the water…I can tolerate that because I can’t taste the coconut).
Well, there you have it. That is how I’ve mastered the smoothie bowl. No more smoothie soups for me! Try making one for yourself, switch up the ingredients, and share your fav combos with me. You can drop your specially created versions below in the comments, or find me on my insta (@emburr) and share them on the post that has the same smoothie bowl picture you see above, or here. I’m always down for some new recipes! If you create a delicious peach strawberry one, definitely let me know. That sounds SO GOOD, but I need to think of some good toppings for it.