This acai smoothie has all the fun of an acai bowl, in portable form! It’s got the best tropical flavor and a rainbow of healthy toppings.
Do you love a good acai bowl? Then we’ve got the next best thing…or maybe it’s even better. Meet this Acai Smoothie! It’s everything that’s great about the smoothie bowl, but it’s in easy portable form. You don’t have to worry about it melting in the bowl while you try to arrange the toppings with your best artistic flair. Just pop it in a glass and slurp with a straw! This Brazilian bowl is one of my favorite treats, and I was happy to find a fun new way to enjoy it. Here’s what to know!
What is acai, exactly?
Açaí is a berry that grows on palm trees in Brazil. (How to pronounce acai? Say “ah-sah-EE.”) This beautiful purple berry has taken off in worldwide popularity as the health food of the moment. Acai berries have an impressively healthy profile, loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. But keep in mind, they’re also just as nutritious as easily accessible fruits like the blueberry.
Acai bowls are the most popular way to eat this berry. This tasty dish originated from Brazil: it features a thick smoothie-like puree of acai berries and other fruits, topped with colorful fresh fruit, coconut, and other toppings. The next best thing to one of these bowls? An acai smoothie.
This acai smoothie is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
- 7 ounces frozen unsweetened acai pulp (such as Sambazon)*
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup cold water, plus more as needed
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup frozen diced or fresh mango
- 1 large banana (room temperature)
- For the garnish: almond butter, sliced strawberries, diced mango, blueberries, large coconut flakes, fresh mint
- Thaw the acai pulp under warm water until it can be broken into smaller chunks, then remove the packaging and add the chunks to the blender. Add the lime juice and water, then pineapple, mango, and banana broken into chunks. Blend until smooth, stopping and scraping when needed, adding a bit more cold water if necessary to blend into a puree (you’ll need more water with frozen mango vs. fresh).
- Top with desired toppings: make sure to add 1 dollop of almond butter to add protein and keep it filling. Stores up to 1 day refrigerated.
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