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How To Perfect An At-Home Acai Bowl

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Fairfield chapter.

Almost every college girl dreams of being able to create a picture-perfect acai bowl.  However, no matter how hard we try, making what seems to be a simple smoothie bowl always goes south.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you show off your new perfect at-home acai bowl:

Step One:  It’s all about the ingredients.  Creating an acai bowl depends on what you like.  I personally love to blend my acai with banana, a splash of fruit juice, some cacao, and top it off with granola, banana, and peanut butter.  Every collegiette will obviously have a different idea of what she wants to blend and top her bowl with, but here are some of the essentials:

  • Acai (I typically use the Samboza brand acai which can be found at the Whole Foods here in Fairfield!)
  • 1 Banana
  • Fruit Juice (I typically go with apple juice but you can also substitute for coconut milk)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of fruit of your choice (Blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries are always great choices!)
  • Tablespoon of protein powder (Try chocolate protein powder if you are topping the bowl with peanut butter–yum!)

Step Two:  The next step to creating your perfect at-home acai bowl is blending.  The easiest way I find to blend up your bowl is to make sure that you have just enough liquid so that the ingredients can move throughout the blender but not too much to the point where your bowl will be too liquidy.  Now, with that being said this can also be the hardest part.  I recommend slowly adding in your juice/coconut milk as you blend the ingredients that way you don’t pour too much in from the start–remember it’s easier to add in juice than it is to take out juice.  You’ll know you’re done blending when your bowl is a sorbet-like smooth texture.

Step Three: The last step is to top your bowl!  This step really depends on personal taste, some people top bowls of with just granola, banana, and honey or peanut butter/Nutella whereas others top of their bowls with different types of seeds, fruit, granola, and honey, peanut butter, Nutella, or almond butter.  Here are a few ideas on what to top your bowl with:

  • Flax seeds,
  • Chia seeds
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut shavings
  • Granola
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella
  • Almond Butter
  • Protein powder
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mango slices
  • Kiwi

So there you have it!  Making acai bowls at home may seem difficult at first but with these three steps it should be a breeze!  Now you’ll be able to show off your new homemade creation all over Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest, and Tumblr! 

Pamela is currently in her senior year at Fairfield Univerity where she is majoring in management. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family and binge watching reality television. *guilty*.... Follow her on instagram! @pamelagrant