I think I had my first Acai Bowl on a trip in my 20’s to San Diego. It was fantastic and I always thought it was full of calories. However, now that I am doing this blog, I decided to go on an exploration to find Low-Calorie Acai Bowl Recipes to enjoy for a Low-Calorie Breakfast. I tend to try and stay between 200 and 400 calories for breakfast depending on if I am dieting or trying to maintain my weight. In this search, I learned there are plenty of options to choose from to stay within that calorie range.
Acai bowls are particularly amazing to add to my vault of recipes because they are quick and easy to make. And, you can make them ahead of time and even freeze them for future use. I heard you only need to give them 15 or 20 minutes to let them thaw out and the acai bowl will be ready. It is always nice to have something on standby for those mornings you forget or did not have time to prepare for.
What Are Acai Berries?
According to the article What are acai berries, and what are their possible health benefits? from Mayo Clinic, acai berries are grapelike fruit from South America and are considered to be a superfood because they could have components that may help with arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, skin appearance, detoxification, general health and more. However, there is limited research on acai berries so the health benefits are not proven.
Acai Bowl Recipe – How to Make Your Own Acai Bowl from the blog The Forked Spoon
- 1 banana (sliced and frozen)
- ½ cup blueberries (frozen)
- ½ cup strawberries (frozen)
- ¾ cup milk or juice (use your favorite milk (dairy milk, soy, almond, etc) or juice (apple or grape))
- ½ cup plain yogurt ((substitute with milk or juice if desired))
- 200 grams (2 packets) frozen acai puree (broken into pieces)
- assorted toppings (nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, granola, coconut, etc.)
Low Calorie Acai Bowl Recipe from Loose Weight By Eating
Acai Bowl Ingredients
- 1 orange peeled and segmented
- 1.5 cups baby spinach
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 3.5-ounce packet frozen Acai
- 1/2 banana
Acai Bowl Toppings
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 banana sliced
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon coconut
345 Calories Per Serving
ACAI BOWL from Self Proclaimed Foodie
Acai smoothie bowl:
- 3.52 ounce acai puree (frozen)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup mango (frozen)
- 1 large banana (ripe)
Where Do I Find Acai Puree?
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- 2 tablespoon blueberries (fresh)
- ¼ banana (sliced)
Recipe to Acai Bowl
Blueberry acai bowls from the blog Choosing Chia
- 2 tsp acai powder (or 1 pack frozen acai)
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 1 large banana (frozen)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- fresh fruit
- nuts & seeds
180 Calories from 1/2 of Recipe
Recipe to Blueberry acai bowls
Açaí Smoothie Bowl from the Blog Simply Low Cal
- Açaí frozen packets
- Apple juice
- Frozen berries
- Greek yogurt
Recipe to Açaí Smoothie Bowl
Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe from the blog Suburban Soapbox
- 1 cup frozen acai puree, slightly thawed
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Fresh Fruit
- assorted nuts
- shredded coconut
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
Recipe to Homemade Acai Bowl
What Topping Should I Use On My Acai Bowl?
You can use any topping you would like on your acai bowl. Similar to smoothies, you can play around with the recipe and add in whatever you would like. Here are some suggested toppings I found from the blog Suburban Soapbox (info in Homemade Acai Bowl).
- Chocolate chips
- Butterscotch chips
- Vanilla chips
- Coconut Flakes
- Homemade Granola
- Fresh berries
- Sliced Banana
- Flax Seed
- Chia Seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Pineapple Nuts like macadamia, almonds, walnuts or pine nuts
How Do I Make An Acai Bowl With Less Sugar And Less Calories?
Acai bowls can wind up being very high in calories and sugar. To avoid that, first, I try to watch my portions, especially with the toppings. For example, I love granola and peanut butter both of which can really pack on the calories. Second, I try to manage the ingredients by making small changes such as using berries instead of bananas. I try to limit the use of bananas because they are high in sugar, but it is challenging because I almost always want bananas.
Where do I Find Acai Puree?
Some of these recipes use Acai Puree? Where do I find it? I had no idea so I google it and Acai Puree seems to be available everywhere such as Walmart, Wholefoods, Amazon, maybe your grocery store.