This peanut butter acai bowl is a great way to start your morning or to cool off in the afternoon heat. Who doesn't love a smoothie bowl full of antioxidant-rich berries, creamy bananas and delicious peanut butter?
This quick and easy peanut butter Acai bowl is not only nutritious but filling as well. I blend peanut butter inside the smoothie but also add a dollop on top for some extra protein.
We can't forget the tasty toppings like crunchy peanut butter granola, fresh berries, Mickey shaped dragon fruit and one of my favorites, bing cherries. To add a touch of sweetness, I drizzle some honey on top.
WHAT IS ACAI
Açaí pronounced ah-sigh-EE, is a round, grape-like fruit that grows on the acai palm tree in South America.
What makes this berry so special is their high concentrated amount of antioxidants. Many believe this berry can promote a healthy heart, lower cholesterol and improve brain function.
It is also rich in fiber and can help aid in digestion. So many wonderful benefits from just a little berry, isn't it? My guess is that's why they call it a superfood.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
- Quick and easy to make. Ready in just a few minutes, this Acai bowl will become your go to when you're crunched for time but still want something healthy and delicious.
- Customizable. Add your favorite fruits or switch up the toppings. Use almond milk instead of oat milk. Whatever your preference, this recipe can accommodate it.
- Great way to use up frozen fruit. If you're like me and freeze fruit that aren't exactly bad but are kind of on their way out, this recipe is a great way to use them up.
- Endless toppings. The fun part about these bowls are the variety of toppings you can use.
- Kid-friendly. While this seems to be very popular among adults, it's also a healthy-ish treat to share with your kiddos. My son is 9 and he absolutely loves them.
Here are some notes on the ingredients. For a full list of ingredients, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Acai puree- You can find this in the frozen food section at your local grocery store. They are usually near the frozen fruits.
- Oat milk- This adds a creamy texture to these acai bowls and is great option for those with allergies or dairy restrictions. You can substitute almond or coconut milk if you'd like.
- Frozen berries- I like to use frozen fruit inside this recipe as it keeps everything thick and creamy.
- Peanut butter- I use Natural smooth peanut butter, but you can also replace it with other nut butters.
- Granola- To add extra protein and peanut butter flavor, I use peanut butter granola from Trader Joe's. But feel free to use your favorite granola.
- Honey- This adds a little sweetness to the smoothie and I also drizzle some on top of the fruit and granola.
- Dragon fruit- This is completely optional, but a fun way to incorporate some Mickey shapes on top.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Here is how to make this Acai smoothie bowl.
STEP 1: Add ingredients to the blender. Inside a blender, add frozen Acai puree, frozen berries, frozen sliced banana, oat milk, honey and peanut butter.
STEP 2: Puree ingredients. Blend ingredients until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add a couple more tablespoons of oat milk and scrape down the sides to help things blend quicker.
STEP 3: Divide into two bowls. Pour mixture into desired bowls and spread evenly with the back of a spoon or spatula. Mixture should be thick, almost like frozen yogurt.
STEP 4: Add toppings. Arrange fruit in any way you like. Add granola and spread peanut butter. Lastly, drizzle with honey and serve immediately.
- The key to a great smoothie bowl is using frozen fruit. Having some on hand and in the freezer will make it so easy to whip up an Acai bowl anytime. You can use fresh fruit but the frozen fruit gives you that thick, creamy consistency we all love.
- If you can't have peanut butter, substitute with other nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter.
- Use a high powered blender. Obviously this isn't a quick fix for some, but using a high speed blender makes it so much easier to blend up the frozen ingredients.
- Get creative and have fun with the toppings. Add splashes of color with a variety of seasonal fruit. Use granola, chia seeds or coconut for some added texture.
The actual fruit isn't naturally sweet. I use honey in this recipe but you can also add fruit juice or other sweeteners if you prefer.
Acai bowls can be high in calories and sugar. Since your base is packed with acai and fruit, skip the fruit to add on top and opt for healthy fats like nuts or chia seeds. To cut back on the sugar, omit the honey and add less granola.
You can use any type of nut butter for added protein, tropical fruits, unsweetened coconut, cocoa nibs, or your favorite nuts.
FREEZING AND STORING
This peanut butter acai bowl is best served right away before it melts and becomes soupy.
If you have any leftovers, you can place it inside the freezer. Remove the toppings and place them in a separate container and refrigerate. Pour the smoothie into an airtight container and place it inside the freezer.
When ready to eat, remove container from freezer and set on countertop. Thaw out for 10 minutes. Add any desired toppings and enjoy a second time around.
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Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
- 200 g Frozen acai packets Sambazon
- 1 Banana sliced, frozen
- ¼ cup Blueberries frozen
- ¼ cup Raspberries frozen
- ½ cup Strawberries sliced, frozen
- ½ cup Oat milk or your favorite
- 2 tablespoon Peanut butter smooth
- 2 tablespoon Honey
- Assorted toppings granola, fresh fruit, honey, peanut butter
- Run acai packets under some warm water to help loosen them from the packets. Add to blender.
- Add frozen banana, berries, oat milk, peanut butter and honey.
- Blend until completely smooth. If mixture is too thick, you can add more oat milk, a couple tablespoons at a time.
- Divide into two bowls. Top away with granola, fresh fruit, peanut butter and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.