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Hawaiian Acai Bowl

This refreshing and delicious acai bowl can be enjoyed for breakfast, or anytime of day! One bite and you'll be transported on a tropical Hawaiian vacation.

I love smoothies. Especially in the summer when all of the fresh berries are in season. I’m obsessed. Honestly, is there any better way to cool off than with one of these refreshing drinks? I definitely don’t think so! Unless, it’s ice cream of course…Then that’s definitely a toss up.

I considered myself to be the “smoothie queen” when I was in college. My mom taught me how to make a dang good smoothie when I was growing up, so naturally I took her recipe with me when I moved out. I’d make smoothies for my roommates quite often, and they loved them. The funny thing is, my smoothies weren’t anything amazing, just a simple combination of orange juice, berries, banana, yogurt and ice. Nothing too special right? I thought they were so delicious, and I didn’t know there was anything better out there…

Meet acai bowl.

This refreshing and delicious acai bowl can be enjoyed for breakfast, or anytime of day! One bite and you'll be transported on a tropical Hawaiian vacation.

Since visiting Hawaii three years ago (how has it already been three years?!), I have seriously upped my smoothie game. Being the foodie that I am, I was naturally drawn to acai bowls. I saw people buy these smoothie-like bowls layered with fruit, coconut, granola and honey. And I knew I definitely had to get my hands on one of them. After trying the refreshing tropical treat, I couldn’t look at a normal old smoothie the same way again.

Now, I know acai bowls aren’t exactly the same thing as smoothies that you drink. But I consider them to basically be smoothies on steroids. Yum! So if you’re a big smoothie fan, there’s no way you won’t like acai bowls. The best part about acai bowls is the crazy variety of toppings. Coconut, honey, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, granola, you name it! Just thinking about it makes me want to head toย Haleiwa again just for a delicious acai bowlย and maybe some shave ice too while I’m at it…Ugh, I love Hawaii too much.

This refreshing and delicious acai bowl can be enjoyed for breakfast, or anytime of day! One bite and you'll be transported on a tropical Hawaiian vacation.

Ok, so acai bowls can be pretty expensive. Like $8 a bowl expensive. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly have the budget to buy one of those on a regular basis. Luckily, making your own acai bowl is so easy and you only need a couple of ingredients.

I love how versatile acai bowls are as you can use a variety of different toppings depending on your preference. The options are endless! Acai bowls make for a great breakfast, or snack, or lunch, or basically whenever you are in the mood for something healthy and refreshing. Midnight treat anyone?

So forget those traditional smoothies, it’s time to start making acai bowls instead!

Hawaiian Acai Bowl

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Smoothie Base:
  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of your choice (more or less depending on thickness of smoothie)
  • 1 cup frozen berries (a combination of any of your favorite berries)
  • 1 6 oz packet of frozen acai puree*
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Toppings:
  • Granola
  • Coconut flakes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Honey

Instructions

1

Place almond milk, frozen berries and frozen acai puree in a blender. Blend until smooth.

2

Serve in a bowl and top with you favorite toppings.

Notes

*I love the Sambazon acai puree at Whole Foods, although you may be able to find it at Sprouts or Safeway too.


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This refreshing and delicious acai bowl can be enjoyed for breakfast, or anytime of day! One bite and you'll be transported on a tropical Hawaiian vacation.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana
    July 23, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I love acai bowls. This looks very nourishing and delicious!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Me too! They are so yummy!

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    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    July 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I used to think smoothie bowl were the silliest things, then I started making them about a year ago and well… a little hooked. This sounds so deliciously nutritious!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Oh my gosh, I did too! I always thought they looked like too much work, until I made one for the first time and it was amazing! I’m definitely hooked now.

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    July 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

    What a gorgeous smoothie bowl. One of my favorite breakfasts for summer!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s one of my favorites too!

  • Reply
    Jeni @ Coquette Kitchen
    July 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This acai bowl is gorgeous. I tend to get bored of smoothies, so this is a great way to power up! You make me want to hop a flight to Hawaii right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you! I get bored of smoothies sometimes too, this is certainly a refreshing change. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I definitely agree about Hawaii!

  • Reply
    debi at Life Currents
    July 23, 2017 at 9:51 am

    This looks delicious! I love all the fruits on it too! And I’m on a big coconut chip kick right now, so that appeals to me as well!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      It is so delicious!! Me too, I love coconut chips!

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    Wendy Pence
    August 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Looks delicious! I’ve never heard of acai bowls before. Definitely have to try one now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Ashley
      August 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

      They are so delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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