Make Your Own Acai Bowl this Summer

July 5, 2017


add some flowers to your acai for an aesthetic touch - M Loves M @marmarFor the past few years, acai bowls have been all the rage, especially living in Southern California. I’ve always gone out and bought them when I’ve had a craving but they can be hit or miss- sometimes they’re too overpriced or I’ll wait in a 30-minute line. No one has time for that! I heard they’re super easy to make at home so I decided to give it a try. If you’re interested in how to make your own acai bowl, keep reading!

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Make Your Own Acai Bowl

makes 2


2 Sambazon Acai packets

1/2 cup apple juice

1 1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 fresh or frozen berries

1/4 teaspoon organic agave



Run each frozen packet under water for 10-20 seconds to soften it up. Add the ingredients to a blender {I used a Vitamix} and blend them up! The acai can feel hard to blend at first but this amount of liquid will be just enough to give the correct consistency. You don’t want it to be too thin! If your blender is having a bit of trouble, though, add a little more liquid, a tablespoon at a time.

Add your toppings! Here are some of my favorites that I always have on hand:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh banana
  • Fresh berries
  • Coconut shavings
  • Oat + Honey Granola
  • Organic Agave
  • Goji berries
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Chia seeds
  • Bee pollen
  • Almond butter

I love using a combination of these toppings. You could also make a more tropical acai bowl with pineapple, mango, and kiwi, and instead of using almond milk you could use coconut milk. No matter the toppings, your acai bowl will be delicious. And you’ll probably crave it daily!

Have you made an acai bowl at home before? What are your favorite toppings? I’d love to know for next time!

P.S. I made a festive 4th of July acai bowl yesterday!


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photos by Julianna Marie

  • Peppermint Dolly

    So pretty! You did an awesome job 🙂 I’ve not made one myself yet, but I know i really should give it a whirl!


    • aw thank you so much! I absolutely recommend trying your own at home 🙂


  • Rach

    Love love love acai bowls! Thanks for sharing the recipe Mara!

  • Michelle Joseph

    I’ve never had acai before. I don’t think it’s big in the UK yet. What exactly is it and what does it taste like? The creations are so Instagrammable, but I’ve actually wondered about the taste.

    Mich x

    • It’s really big in the US and more tropical areas like Southern California. It’s so yummy, it’s an antioxidant berry that’s said to speed up metabolism and help cleanse your digestive track. These bowls have only become more popular in recent years. A natural acai isn’t very sweet but if you add banana or honey it’s so delicious.


  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    We love making our own acai bowls! We love getting the packets from Trader Joes! They’re quit a bit cheaper than other grocery stores!


    • Yes! Those are the best and most affordable option!

  • carmen

    Hi Mara, as a brazilian I love acai bowls!
    Here is popular and fortunately we don’t have to wait in the line nor pay too much for it 🙂
    I never mixed up with apple juice, and I’ll give a try. Here the most common way to mix is with guarana and bananas. Very yummy!

    • Wow that sounds so good! I’ll have to try that as well 🙂

  • Omg, Mara! We published the same exact post on the same day, haha! Although my acai bowl isn’t nearly as pretty as yours! I definitely have to make your recipe because Matthew eating a big bowl of it on your IG stories made it look so yummy! Sidenote, I’m just dying that our minds are so alike, lol!

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • That’s so funny! I love when that sort of thing happens 🙂


  • Sandra Manley

    LOVE acai bowls!!! Trader Joe’s also has an unsweetened 4 pack, which is convenient. (I do prefer the Sambazon brand!).

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