This peanut butter acai bowl is quick and easy to make. It’s filling, creamy, and packed with antioxidants.
I first heard about acai when I was in university. I was trying to be healthy (though I didn’t really know what was healthy at that time), and when I came across acai powder at the store, I just had to try it.
I mixed it into smoothies and oatmeal and I absolutely loved it! Years later, I still love a good acai bowl. And because I’m obssessed with peanut butter, of course I had to add it to this acai bowl!
WHAT IS ACAI?
Acai (ah-sigh-ee) comes from the dark purple acai berry that grows on the acai palm tree in the rainforests of Central and South America. The berries look similar to grapes and they have a sweet flavour that has been compared to blackberries and blueberries. They are high in antioxidants and fiber (like other berries), so they are great for your health. Learn more about acai here.
What kind of acai to use for this bowl
I have used acai in a powder form and as a frozen puree. The frozen form is much cheaper and for me it has been easier to find. It’s also great for smoothies, so that is what I use for this peanut butter acai bowl recipe. More specifically, I use the Sambazon Acai Berry Superfruit Pouches. You should be able to find them in the frozen section at a grocery store. I usually find them near the “natural” section in the frozen aisle.
Tips for making this peanut butter acai bowl
- When making a smoothie bowl, texture is very important. You want it to be thick and creamy so that you can eat it with a spoon instead of drinking it like a regular smoothie. This means you can’t add too much liquid. Start with just 1/3 cup of almond milk (or any other plant milk) for this recipe. If you can’t get it blended, slowly add a very small amount of more milk until you can get it blended. You will need a pretty good blender to make your smoothie bowl thick. It was easy to do this with my Vitamix, but when I tried with my other blender, I couldn’t get it going until I thinned it out quite a bit.
- If you accidentally add too much plant milk, you can add some more frozen berries or a couple more chunks of a frozen banana.
- Break up your frozen acai pack before opening it. Run it under water and break it up while it’s still in the package, then open and add it to your blender. This will make it much easier to blend.
- Make sure you freeze your banana ahead of time. Peel, then chop your banana into slices or chunks before freezing so that you can easily add half of a frozen banana to your blender.
- If you are concerned about the calories of adding two tablespoons of peanut butter to your acai bowl, you could use only one instead. But that would greatly reduce the peanut buttery taste so I recommend two tablespoons! It is a peanut butter acai bowl after all. Ensure you are using all-natural peanut butter, and indulge!
Toppings are of course not necessary, but they are common add-ons for acai bowls. Feel free to add any toppings you like. For this peanut butter acai bowl I used some fruit, coconut flakes, and chia seeds. Here are some of my favourite toppings to choose from:
- Nut butter
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Cacao nibs
Other smoothie recipes you may enjoy:
- Strawberry Banana Raspberry Smoothie
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Healthy Avocado Smoothie
- Chocolate Blueberry Green Smoothie
- Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to a bowl and add toppings of choice.
- Eat immediately to prevent melting.