When my husband and I took our dream trip to Hawaii for our 20th anniversary, we discovered Vegan Acai Smoothie Bowls! These are very popular in Hawaii, can be made vegan, and can be topped with just about anything.
Once we got back from our vacation, my husband asked if I could make them for his breakfast. I said I’m sure I can figure it out!
These Healthy Vegan Acai Superfood Smoothie Bowls has now become his absolute favorite breakfast and I meal prep the whole week in advance – which I’ll share with you some tips on how to do that!
What is Acai?
Acai is actually a very nutrient dense berry – a superfood berry – that even has more antioxidants that blueberries!
Acai is also high in those heart & brain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids as well as a good source of fiber.
Where do you find Acai?
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You can find Acai at many grocery stores in powder and frozen packet form. For this recipe, I use the unsweetened frozen Acai packets made by Sambazon. Please note, that some stores carry the unsweetened version and others have the original that has added sugar. I find the unsweetened frozen Sambazon packets at my local H.E.B. grocery store in Texas, so you’l just have to check your local stores.
I have seen them at Costco, but unfortunately the ones I saw were the original sweetened ones, which I bought on accident once!
You can also order Sambazon unsweetend Acai packets from Amazon Fresh if you it’s available in your area.
How to sweeten your Vegan Acai Smoothie Bowl?
Unsweetened acai by itself, has a bitter flavor, so I recommend adding in some extra frozen and or fresh fruit to the smoothie to help lightly sweeten. For my recipe I use fresh banana and frozen strawberries to give it a good flavor.
What toppings to use for a Vegan Acai Smoothie Bowl?
One thing we noticed on our trip to Hawaii, was that the sky is the limit for toppings on your Acai Smoothie Bowl!!
Fresh fruit including berries, mango, cantaloupe, grapes, apple chunks, mandarin oranges and any combination you like.
Also dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate chips.
And of course, granola came on just about every Acai Smoothie Bowl we got!
How to make your Healthy Vegan Acai Smoothie Bowl whole food plant based
It’s pretty easy to make your Acai Smoothie Bowl vegan and whole food plant based. The first being, make sure you buy the unsweetened Sambazon Acai Frozen Packets, so you aren’t adding extra sugar. Use fruit like banana and strawberries or whatever you like to sweeten it. Then of course, use an unsweetened plant based milk – doesn’t matter what kind – oat, soy, almond, etc.
Lastly, make sure your granola is whole food plant based, so oil free, vegan, and no added sugar. Which is hard to find at the grocery store!
So the easiest is to make your own granola like my Easy Vegan Crunchy Oatmeal Raisin Granola Recipe that is totally whole food plant based.
Then just make sure the rest of your toppings are WFPB like any fruit, dried fruit, unsalted nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, and/or vegan dark chocolate chips. Almond butter or peanut butter are another great topping for a boost of protein!
How to meal prep your Healthy Vegan Acai Superfood Bowls?
One challenge is to figure out how to meal prep your Healthy Vegan Acai Superfood bowls so that you don’t have to spend time making them every morning.
My husband leaves for work at 5:30am in the morning and I was NOT about to wake up butt early and run the loud blender every morning LOL….sorry honey, but no.
The problem is that once you freeze your Acai bowl it’s rock hard. But if you leave it in the fridge, it’s becomes runny & soupy…AND I don’t want the granola to get soggy.
So here’s the secret I figured out!
Once a week, I batch prep a bunch of Acai Smoothie bowls in divided meal prep containers (3 sections) and freeze them.
I pour the Healthy Vegan Acai Smoothie mixture in the biggest section of the meal prep container.
Next, I put the fruit in the 1st smaller section and the granola, nuts, & coconut in the 2nd smaller section.
Then the NIGHT BEFORE, you take one out and put it in the fridge to thaw over night.
And in the morning OILA! It’s the perfect Acai smoothie texture – not too hard and not to runny! Just scoop the toppings on to your perfectly thawed vegan Acai smoothie and enjoy.
If however, you forget to move your frozen Acai bowl from the freezer to the fridge the night before, you can always thaw it in your microwave!
Here are some more Whole Food Plant Based Recipes you might like:
- Healthy Vegan Breakfast Tacos
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes
- 5 Minute Vegan Chocolate Hummus
- Homemade Oil Free Granola
- How to make Frozen Grapes
- Vegan Cashew Whipped Cream
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Healthy Vegan Acai Superfood Smoothie Bowl
- High-powered blender
- 1 packet frozen acai Sambazan Frozen Unsweetened Acai Packets
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 medium banana fresh or frozen
- 1/8 cup unsweetened plant milk
- Thaw frozen acai packet under warm water for 1-2 minutes. Cut open and add to high powered blender or food processor. Add frozen strawberries, banana, & plant milk to blender. Blend until smooth & creamy.
- Pour acai smoothie into a bowl & top with desired toppings!
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