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You may’ve heard of acai bowls, which are basically thick acai smoothies served in a bowl with lots of toppings. Acai is a sweet, tropical berry that’s basically a super fruit with lots of antioxidants! It’s pronounced ah-sigh-ee. To make your own acai bowl, you can buy frozen acai packets at most grocery stores or use acai powder.
But there are also a bunch of other super fruits you can use for a smoothie bowl. For these, I used maqui powder, which is similar, although less well-known, and it has even more antioxidants. It’s actually the highest antioxidant fruit in the world! And it has a great berry taste.
There’s a place in Chapel Hill where everyone loved to get acai smoothie bowls in college (although it was pretty pricey for what you get!). I thought it was good, but after I tried one there, I knew I wanted to make my own at home.
And, as a note, you absolutely don’t have to buy maqui or acai or anything to make a delicious smoothie bowl. They just add that fancy smoothie shop touch, and they’re a great source of antioxidants. However, you can get lots of great vitamins and minerals from using just everyday grocery store fruits like bananas, berries, and cherries.
No matter what types of super fruit you add or don’t add, the steps for making an ultra-thick, creamy smoothie bowl are the same.
How to Make a Perfectly Thick Smoothie Bowl
• Start with frozen fruit, and add as little liquid as possible for a thick smoothie.
Use a powerful blender. The more powerful the blender, the less liquid you’ll need to add! I use a Vitamix and use the tamper to push the frozen fruit down into the blades without having to add much liquid at all.
• Use almond milk, regular milk, or coconut milk rather than water in your smoothie bowl.
If desired, place your smoothie bowl back in the freeze for 15-20 minutes before you add toppings and enjoy it. It’ll be even thicker!
• Load your bowl with lots of toppings! For a more figure-friendly bowl, start with fresh fruit before adding those yummy, more calorie-dense toppings like nuts, nut butter, and granola. I also love adding a sprinkle of chia seeds!
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I hope you love this smoothie bowl tutorial! If you make your own smoothie bowl, let me know in a comment or take a photo and tag me @livbane on Instagram! I’d love to see!
The Ultimate Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- 3 cups frozen mixed berries (I used a strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and cherry blend)
- 2 small bananas, cubed and frozen
- 1 Tbsp. maqui berry powder
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cups almond, coconut, or dairy milk (use more as needed if your blender is less powerful)
- Add fruit, maqui powder, and chia seeds to blender first. Slowly add just enough milk to blend smoothly. Pour into shallow bowls. Optional: place bowls in freezer for 15-20 minutes to thicken smoothie even more.
- Top with sliced fruits and then add nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc.
- Drizzle about a tablespoon of nut butter onto each bowl. If your nut butter is thick from refrigeration, spoon into another bowl or cup and microwave briefly to melt into a drizzling consistency. Serve immediately.