Buying acai bowls at fancy smoothie shops is expensive. Make one at one that is equally delicious and better for your budget with Trader Joe’s Acai Packets.
Confession: I’ve never had an acai bowl. Okay, well I’ve never had a fancy acai bowl that you can buy at those cute little shops or acai trucks that cost a million dollars. I just can’t stomach paying $11 for something I can make at home. Granted, I have a Vitamix and that makes things significantly easier and that thing was more than $11 but definitely worth every single penny. (Tip: buy a refurbished Vitamix. I did and that sucker is amazing. I’ve had it 5+ years)
Oh, and here’s another thing. Acai Bowls are all the rage, but really they’re just a thick smoothie that has some acai puree blended in there and then it’s all dumped in a bowl and eaten with a spoon. So it’s just a smoothie bowl. And that’s less intimidating right? Not all smoothie bowls are acai bowls, but all acai bowls are smoothie bowls. (I’m probably going to offend some acai bowl purist somewhere. Bring it.)
ANYWAY, I digress. I am now officially hooked on acai bowls, and I think it’s pretty impressive I hooked myself on them without a “professional” making one for me. Whole Foods sells Sambazon packets that are plain or have protein or have greens or have other berries, and those things are great — but also expensive. Enter the Trader Joe’s Acai packets. They have nothing but acai puree, but guess what – you can easily add greens, protein powder and extra berries. Which is exactly what I do. And the Trader Joe’s ones cost around $5 for a pack of 4 packets. (Say that 5 times fast.)
Trader Joe’s Acai Packets
Below is one of my favorite combos but definitely experiment and figure out what you like. I think one mandatory ingredient in the is adding frozen banana for extra creaminess. And if you like more sweetness, adding a date will help.
I usually add spinach or kale for some extra green nutrient goodness, but be warned – it won’t be a lovely purple color if you add too much. That doesn’t bother me, but if you’re a visual eater, keep that in mind. Vanilla protein powder works just as well as chocolate, but I like the richness of chocolate. (I used this chocolate protein.) Or, toss in a tablespoon of cocoa powder. See? The options are endless.
And toppings are kind of the best part, so I included a list of my favorite options under the recipe.
Blend all your ingredients together until very creamy. Top with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, chia seeds -- whatever you desire! You may need to use your blender stick or scrape down the edges to get it to blend given the small amount of liquid. It should be very thick! Only add more liquid as needed.
Quick & Easy Acai Bowl Print Recipe
Blend all your ingredients together until very creamy.
Top with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, chia seeds -- whatever you desire!
You may need to use your blender stick or scrape down the edges to get it to blend given the small amount of liquid. It should be very thick! Only add more liquid as needed.
Now the toppings are the fun part! Here are some of my favorites:
- any fresh fruit! banana and berries have the best texture in my very professional smoothie bowl opinion
- bee pollen – don’t knock it till you try it (ideally buy locally)
- granola – I used Love Grown
- chia seeds and/or hemp seeds (Trader Joe’s sells both of these)
- sliced almonds
- hemp seeds
Now go forth and enjoy your smoothie bowl/acai bowl/thick smoothie dumped in a bowl that you eat with a spoon. And do share in your comments your favorite topping for smoothie bowls or acai bowls!