This simple recipe for an acai berry fruit bowl involves blending frozen fruit with acai powder or puree, honey, and milk then topping it all with fresh fruit, coconut flakes, and seeds. Enjoy this bowl for breakfast, as a snack during the day, or as a healthy dessert after dinner.
What Is an Acai Berry Fruit Bowl?
The acai berry has a distinct flavor that is reminiscent of blackberries with a hint of chocolate. It is loaded with the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which gives the berry its deep purple color. Acai berries have a short shelf life, so you will find acai in powder, frozen puree, or juice form at the store.
In addition to the acai berries, this fruit bowl is full of other healthy ingredients, such as other berries, bananas, kiwi, milk, coconut, and seeds. Together, they are a delicious combination that will satisfy your taste buds and keep your body happy.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe
For the base:
- Frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, red currants, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)
- Acai powder or frozen puree
- Frozen banana
- Milk of your choice
For the toppings:
- Fresh strawberries
- Coconut flakes
- Mixed seeds (flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc.)
How to Make this Acai Berry Fruit Bowl
- Add the frozen berries, frozen banana, milk, honey, and acai powder or puree into the blender. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Peel and cut the kiwi into thin slices.
- Cut the strawberries into slices.
- Pour the blended mixture into a bowl. Top with the kiwi, strawberries, coconut flakes, and seeds.
How to Serve an Acai Berry Fruit Bowl
This acai berry fruit bowl is best served cold. You can also add more honey or milk to adjust the sweetness or texture of the bowl as desired. Use your favorite fruits and toppings. It makes for a great breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert option.
Tips and Variations for this Recipe
For the best acai berry fruit bowl, follow these tips and try these variation ideas:
- If you are using acai powder, start with a smaller amount and adjust to your liking. The powder is more concentrated and potent than the puree, so you will not need as much.
- Use fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit if desired. Using frozen fruit gives a creamier ice cream-like texture than fresh fruit.
- Adjust the amount of milk to achieve a thicker or thinner base.
- For more texture, add different nuts or granola for crunchy toppings.
- Try other interesting variations, such as coconut milk in the blend with mango as a topping or pineapple in the blend with peach as a topping.
- To make this recipe vegan, substitute plant-based milk and maple syrup for the honey.
How to Store Leftovers
This acai berry fruit bowl is best eaten right after you make it. But if you want to make it in advance to have it ready for breakfast, make the bowl with fresh fruit and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the blend. The chia seeds will absorb the moisture and develop a gel-like texture. You will end up with a creamy thick consistency. The chia seeds have a neutral taste, so they will not affect the flavor. Store this mixture in closed containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Make a Frozen Acai Berry Fruit Bowl
You can freeze your acai base to enjoy later. Pour the mixture into an airtight container and place in the freezer for a few hours or until frozen solid. Store for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, thaw at room temperature until softened. Add your toppings and enjoy.
Other Berry Recipes
- Strawberries Romanoff Cups
- Quick Cinnamon Rolls with Blueberries
- Raspberry Hazelnut Dutch Baby
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pound Cake Pudding
- 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, red currants, blackberries, blueberries…)
- 1 tbsp açai powder (2 if using puree)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- 2-3 fresh strawberries
- 1 kiwi
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp mixed seeds (flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds)
- In the blender add the cup of frozen berries, the frozen banana, the milk, the honey, and the açai powder, and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Peel and cut the kiwi into thin slices. Cut the strawberries into slices too. Set aside.
- Serve the blended mix in a bowl and add the fruit toppings, the coconut flakes, and the seeds.
Açai berries are very difficult to find fresh, so you can use frozen puree packets or dehydrated powder as I did. If using the powder form have in mind is very concentrated and potent, so you will not need to add as much as in the pureed form.
My recommendation is to start with less and adjust to your liking by adding more to the mix.
You can make this bowl with fresh fruit instead of frozen but making it with frozen fruit will give you an ice cream-like texture that is very refreshing for summer.
Adjust the milk quantity to achieve a thicker or lighter texture.
Try adding different fruits to the mix, either to the blended mix or to the toppings. Other interesting variations are coconut milk in the blend + mango as a topping, pineapple in the blend + peach as a topping… combinations are almost endless.
Switch the seeds for the nuts of your licking to add more fiber to the bowl, like nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or have them both!
This bowl is best eaten right after being made if made with frozen fruits. But if you want to make it in advance and have it ready for breakfast and still have the creamy consistency, I recommend doing it with fresh fruit and mixing it with a tablespoon or two of chia seeds, these will absorb the moisture and get their characteristic gel-like texture, so you’ll end up with a creamy thick consistency. This will turn it into an açai chia seed pudding, and thanks to the chia seeds being neutral in taste will still have the same flavor.
If doing this, have it in closed containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.