This Quinoa Acai Bowl is filled with peanut butter flavor, plus good-for-you foods like banana, blueberries and of course, QUINOA!
A quinoa acai bowl?! YUP. So many millennials are addicted to acai bowls, myself included, because acai bowls are guaranteed to be thick and perfect for eating with a spoon. If you’ve already had an acai bowl (or rather, many acai bowls), then you know the joys and versatility and DELICIOUSNESS of them, and if you haven’t, now’s as good a time as any to become obsessed. No doubt this QUINOA acai bowl is a sneaky way to add in extra protein—holla!
I’ll admit that I’ve had to scale down my acai addiction because plain and simple, acai bowls are expensive. They just are. The good news is that you can buy your own acai packs from the freezer section (I know Whole Foods sells them, and I assume other stores do as well) for much less (we’re talking 4 packs for around $7 instead of one bowl for $10) and customize them to your liking.
WHAT IS AN ACAI BOWL?
An acai bowl is made from a frozen acai packet, which is made from blended up acai berries. Acai berries are full of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats, and they taste really good too.
HOW TO MAKE AN ACAI BOWL
Acai packet: You can't make an acai bowl without the frozen acai packet. I typically purchase mine from Whole Foods in the frozen food aisle, and they tend to come in packs of four. You may want to call your local grocery store ahead of time to see if they sell them.
Liquid: The key to a successful acai bowl is to not add much liquid to your blender because you want it to be super thick. That way, you’re able to add toppings on it without them sinking to the bottom of you bowl, plus you want to be able to eat it with a spoon vs. drinking it through a straw. I recommend starting with 2 tablespoon liquid—in this case I used almond milk—and go from there.
Add-ins: This is the fun part! In this recipe, the add-ins include peanut butter, banana, blueberries, and quinoa, but the possibilities are truly endless. Other add-ins include pineapple, granola, honey, maple syrup, nut butter, spinach, and so much more!
As you can see, I opted for banana, blueberries, bee pollen, crushed peanuts, some quinoa, a couple strawberries, and some cacao nibs to place on top of my bowl. Lastly, feel free to drizzle it with some peanut butter or your favorite nut butter, too!
Peanut Butter Quinoa Acai Bowl
- 1 banana
- 1 acai packet
- 2 tablespoon cooked quinoa
- ⅓ cup blueberries preferably frozen
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon almond milk or milk of choice
- Bee pollen cacao nibs, crushed peanuts, banana, strawberries, blueberries, quinoa, quinoa brittle, nut butter drizzle, etc.
- Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse. Start with the 2 tablespoon liquid, but if everything seems to be getting stuck in the blender, add more liquid 1 tablespoon at a time. You don't want to add too much liquid because you want it to be thick enough to eat with a spoon!
- Pour mixture into a bowl, top it with your choice of toppings and enjoy!
Melissa Griffiths says
Unfortunately, I live int he middle-of-nowhere so acai bowls are just not a thing I could ever buy here - so making it is my option! When it looks this good, though, I can't imagine it could get much better!
Acai bowls areeeee still a fairly new thing, but if you're able to find acai packets at one of the groceries stores and/or order them online, do it! They're super thick and my go-to when I wake up craving something sweet for breakfast.
Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says
This acai bowl is almost too pretty to eat! Almost... 🙂
I'm obsessed with them too and you're so right that buying them can be super expensive. Making them at home is much more cost effective and I love that you included quinoa for an extra protein boost. Looks like a beautiful bowl of perfection!