How to Make a $10 Acai Bowl for $3Jump to Recipe
The Acai bowl has taken the food world by storm over the last 6 months or so. Honestly, I’m a very late adopter to this trend. I know that Acai are healthy, but I wasn’t quite on board with this trend just yet.
Ironically, the thing that got me on board was a ridiculously priced version of this dish. While I was traveling a few weeks ago, I noticed a $10 version of an Acai bowl at a popular juice spot. I actually tried it just to see what could possibly worth $10.
I mean, it was good, but $10!?
I think these places are taking advantage of of trending food right now and your wallet is suffering if you are regularly buying these bowls. When I got home, I did a little research and figured out that (shockingly) you could make a homemade version of these bowls for about $3.
Equally good. A third of the price!
Breakfast Acai Bowls are so popular but you might get sticker shock if you try to order one at a healthy breakfast spot. Here’s my homemade version!
1) Run Acai packets under hot water for a few seconds. Then break up and add to blender with blueberries, coconut water, coconut milk, banana, and syrup (or honey). Blend until smooth.
2) Transfer mixture to two bowls and top with handfuls of granola. Add fresh fruits and fresh mint.
Serve immediately while very cold.
What is an Acai Bowl?
Guys, it’s a smoothie that you eat with a spoon. That’s all it is. You can put anything in it that you would put in a smoothie. The idea is to make it slightly thicker though so you can’t drink it. Making it thicker makes it feel more like a meal, but it’s not rocket science (add less liquid).
The hardest part of this whole thing is hunting down the named ingredient. You can’t really find raw Acai or even frozen berries as far as I could tell. At least, they are not commonly available. What is though is this puree stuff that’s already perfectly sized for smoothies and bowls.
Four of these packets will set you back about $6. That seems like a lot until you compare it to the $40 you would spend at a smoothie bar on the same amount.
Making the Bowl
Team, this is just a smoothie. Toss the stuff in your blender. I added a banana, some frozen blueberries, agave syrup, and some coconut water and coconut milk to mine. The coconut milk isn’t totally necessary, but it smooths out some of the bitterness of the acai and makes it really creamy and delicious.
You might have to use a spoon to occasionally stir the smoothie while it blends (turn off the blender first!) because this mixture should be pretty thick.
It sounds crazy, but this finished mixture kind of tastes like slightly melted ice cream.
You can pile on whatever toppings you want to this bowl. Any nuts or fruit would go just fine. I went with some delicious fresh berries, a handful of granola for some crunch, and fresh mint.
Toss this all together and you are looking at one delicious breakfast.
I’ll spare you the math, but because you don’t use a ton of ingredients for each bowl serving, the cost per bowl is pretty low. It works out to about $3/bowl or maybe $4/bowl at the max if you use organic berries and stuff.
No matter what though, it’ll be as delicious as anything you buy at a smoothie shop and you can make it your own!
$10 for a smoothie in a bowl?! STOP IT.
Hello! My name is Nick Evans and I write and manage Macheesmo. I started Macheesmo 11 years ago when I was just learning my way around the kitchen. I love to cook and love everything food-related, but I have no formal training. These days I focus on fast, accessible recipes with the occasional “reach” recipe!
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