This peanut butter acai bowl is full of antioxidant-rich fruit and studded with dreamy peanut butter. All of the ingredients are frozen or pantry staples so it’s a great on-the-fly meal when you’re short on fresh produce.
Can we talk about pantry meals for a second? Smoothies and smoothie bowls are one of my favorite meals in a pinch when I’m low on fresh ingredients. You can use whatever frozen fruit you have, blended with your milk of choice, maybe some nutrition “boosters” like nuts and seeds and you’re all set.
But have you tried the magic that is acai?
What is Acai?
The acai (AH-sigh-EE) berry is a fruit native to Central and South America that has gained popularity in recent years, mainly because acai bowls have become trendy. These always remind me of my California honeymoon because that was the first time I tried one. Now it’s easy to find an acai bowl, even in Denver, because they have become so widely available.
While acai isn’t necessarily the magic bullet superfood that some people have claimed, the berries are antioxidant-rich and can still be a great addition to most people’s diet. Interestingly, most of the calories in acai come from fat (almost 80%). Not a bad thing by any means, just a unique trait for a fruit.
Thanks to Trader Joe’s frozen acai packets, the bowls are really simple to recreate at home. Each bag contains four individual (100 gram) packets.
Per the package directions, you should run the packet under warm water for a bit to partially thaw and break the frozen puree into pieces. This makes it easier to add to the blender, which I found to be true.
Note: if you’re searching for a quality blender to get that super creamy consistency, this is the one I have and love (affiliate).
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl Ingredients
Along with the packet, here are a few other things you need to make the perfect peanut butter acai bowl:
- Frozen fruit: I went with a combination of pitted cherries (love them), mango chunks and banana. You can definitely customize if you have different options available.
- Water: Juice, coconut water, milk, or a milk alternative also work as the liquid. I wanted this bowl to be all about the fruit and less smoothie-like so I used water.
- Peanut butter: Nut butter pairs beautifully here. It’s blended in and drizzled on top for max peanut flavor. Kind of like PB&J vibes?
- Toppings of choice: granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, nuts, hemp hearts, sliced bananas or other fresh fruit (if you have it). Basically anything crunchy is good!
The texture is thicker because there is less liquid than a smoothie, so you can easily eat it with a spoon. To make it a satisfying breakfast, make sure your toppings add some extra protein and texture.
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Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
This peanut butter acai bowl is filled with antioxidant-rich fruit and studded with heart-healthy peanut butter.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 frozen acai pack (99 grams)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Toppings of choice: additional peanut butter for drizzling, granola, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, sliced banana
- Add all ingredients (besides toppings) to a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of choice.
- I used the frozen acai packets from Trader Joe’s (pictured above), but you should be able to find them in other grocery stores as well, near the other frozen fruit. Try not to omit it if possible! It really adds a wonderful signature flavor to these.
- All nutrition information is calculated based on the bowl only, no toppings included as this will vary based on what you use.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 405 calories
- Fat: 20 grams
- Carbohydrates: 48 grams
- Fiber: 9 grams
- Protein: 9 grams
Keywords: peanut butter acai bowl, acai bowl, smoothie bowl, dairy free, gluten free, frozen food, pantry meals
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