Truth be told, I have never had a 'real' açaí bowl before. My first one ever is this recipe I'm sharing with you today, and I'd say it's pretty delicious!
I've seen other recipes for açaí bowls, and to be honest they look a little too sweet for my taste. If I'm having a smoothie bowl for breakfast, it needs to have a balance of protein, carbs, and fats to keep me satisfied for a couple of hours. That's why I created a bowl including protein powder (my favorite) and frozen cauliflower (which adds to the thickness and creaminess, without tons of added fruit). The result is a super thick, delicious smoothie bowl with açaí.
Texture is key when it comes to açaí bowls! Here are a few tips to a thick, almost soft-serve like açaí bowl texture:
Use a high-power blender. I personally love my Vitamix (this is the model I have).
Only use a tiny bit of liquid at a time. Start small and add more as needed.
PATIENCE. Stop and stir as needed. If using a Vitamix, use the tamper the whole time to keep things moving.
Use frozen fruit and veggies. The more frozen ingredients you use over fresh, the thicker the bowl will be.
Don't forget the toppings! Like self-serve frozen yogurt shops, the toppings are the best part! My personal favorites are Purely Elizabeth granola, nut butter, and either chia seeds, hemp seeds, or toasted coconut.
Okay, now onto the recipe!
Protein Acaí Bowl
1/2 frozen banana
1 Trader Joe's frozen açaí pack
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2-2/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
1 scoop vanilla protein (the one I use)
about 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (may need to add more)
Smoothie toppings: granola, nuts, seeds, additional fruit, nut butter, etc.
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Add more liquid if needed, but not too much! Stop and stir as needed to keep it moving. Pour in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings!
Please let me know if you love this recipe by leaving a comment! I hope you adore it as much as I do!
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