Don’t miss out on this super creamy and darn delish Acai bowl recipe (acai na tigela). A healthy breakfast and snack from my home country, Brazil, made from only 3 ingredients.
Ahhhh, summer! I am starting mine off on the right foot, like we say in Brazil. That’s right: my mornings start off with the quick, energy-boosting, and super refreshing Açaí Bowl (or Açaí na Tigela).
WHAT’S ACAI BOWL?
Açaí bowl is a Brazilian dish from the Amazon rainforest. The recipe varies from one region to the next, as well as at which meal it is served, revealing different customs.
In most of Brazil, açaí bowl is made from frozen açaí pulp, blended and sweetened with guaraná syrup until it is like a smoothie in consistency. Granola and banana slices or other fruits and are the most common toppings. It is served either at breakfast time or either before or after exercising at the gym.
However, in the Amazon region, the açaí bowl recipe is made from fresh, mashed acai berry which is sold unsweetened by the liter (a machine separates the thin layer of the fruit from its pit).
It’s then mixed with manioc flour, and topped with shrimp, dried fish, and/or tapioca pearl. It’s eaten at lunch or for dinner– something cheap to fill you up!
HOW HEALTHY IS ACAI BOWL RECIPE?
Açaí bowl (acai na tigela) has antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and healthy fats. So it is healthy! The only issue may be the amount of sugar added to it.
IS ACAI BOWL GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
There is nothing about acai berry that supports any weight loss claim. A 100-gram serving of pure açaí puree has about 80 calories. But the total amount of calories in acai bowl may vary depending on added ingredients such as sugar.
USES FOR ACAI BERRY
Açaí (ah-sigh-EE), the fruit of a palm, is known for its antioxidant, immune-stimulating, and energy-boosting properties.
In the United States, as in the rest of the world, it is added to juices or marketed in beauty products or as a dietary supplement.
In contrast, in Brazil it is mainly used to prepare açaí bowls, smoothies, ice cream, candies, and fashion jewelry. Many beach snack kiosks and juice shops carry at least one of these items.
WHERE TO BUY FROZEN ACAI PULP
Have you ever tried açaí? If so, how about an açaí bowl? Well, this is your chance!
Frozen açaí pulp is available in the U.S. from different brands, both online and at many local market chains such as Sprouts and Whole Foods.
Some of them come sweetened with guaraná syrup.
HOW TO MAKE ACAI BOWL
To prepare the traditional sweet version of the Brazilian açaí bowl recipe, all you need is frozen açaí pulp, water, and guaraná syrup or honey. Bananas and granola are common toppings.
This acai bowl recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. It can be Whole30 and Paleo, if you use coconut flakes instead of granola. It can be vegan, if you sub maple syrup for honey.
(SEE RECIPE ACAI BOWL RECIPE BELOW)
WHEN TO EAT ACAI BOWL
You can spend very little time in the kitchen making something healthy, and yet still get some great nutrition out of it! You can have açaí bowl for breakfast, as a snack, or before/after the gym. Açaí bowl is a summer must-have!!!!
HOW TO STORE ACAI BOWL OR ACAI NA TIGELA
You can make acai bowl the night before if you’d like to.
Store in the fridge in a mason jar for up to 3 days, or freeze it in bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge.
OTHER BREAKFAST/SNACK RECIPES TO TRY:
- Breakfast Egg Cups
- Avocado Smoothie
- Mango Lime Smoothie Bowl
- Mango Coconut Streusel Muffins
- Peach Maple Breakfast Pie
- Strawberry and Cream Frozen Yogurt Bark
- Sunny Side Up Eggs
- How to Hard Boil Eggs
- Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats
Açaí Bowl Recipe (Açaí na Tigela)
- 8 oz frozen açaí pulp cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp coconut water (or water), chilled
- 2 tbsp honey (or guarana syrup or any other of your choice)
- 1 banana (add other fruits if desired), optional
- 1 tbsp granola optional
- In a blender, blend together the chunked frozen açaí pulp, coconut water,and honey until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to blend, stop the blender and stir. Pour mixture into one medium or two small bowls.
- Serve açaí bowl immediately topped with bananas slices and granola, or any other toppings of your choice.
- To make this acai bowl vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey.
- Buy a gluten-free granola if you are on a GF diet.
- If you are on a Whole30/Paleo diet, skip the granola and use coconut flakes instead.
- You can make acai bowl the night before if you'd like to. Store in the fridge in a mason jar for up to 3 days, or freeze it in sealable bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge.
1. Machine that separates the açaí pulp from its pit — License: Public domain.
2. Açaí dangles off the palm — Source: Zoom50 .