Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

As the summer heat really starts to set in, I am all about cold breakfasts. At first I was super into overnight oats but recently I’ve started making myself smoothie bowls. One of my favorites is this peanut butter acai bowl!

image of pretty peanut butter acai bowl decorate with fresh fruit, granola, and some edible flowers

This smoothie bowl incredible easy to make and only takes a few minutes to whip up. It’s exactly what you need to get through a busy day and will keep you going for hours! As an added bonus it’s packed with antioxidants, protein and healthy fat.

This peanut butter acai bowl is inspired by the delicious bowls I used to get at Juice Press! Their founder shared their recipe a while back, which is what this recipe is based on.

Acai Bowl Ingredients & Substituions

While I love this peanut butter acai bowl recipe just the way it is, I know you might not have all of these ingredients on hand.

image of frozen unsweetened acai ready to be used to make a peanut butter acai bowl

Or if you have food allergies or restrictions, I’ve got you covered. Below are some swaps and substitutions that you can make:

  • Frozen, unsweetened acai – I’ve been able to find frozen acai packets at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and in my neighborhood grocery store. However, if you can’t find any you can use acai powder!
  • Frozen banana slices – Using frozen banana slices gives this acai bowl just the right consistency. If you forget to freeze your bananas ahead of time, slice them into thin pieces and spread them out on a plate. Pop them in the freezer for 15 minutes and you’ll be good to go!
  • Frozen mixed berries – You can use 1 cup of pretty much any frozen fruit you have on hand or that you like. I like using mixed berries because that way I get a little of all my favorite fruits!
  • Peanut butter or nut butter – You can use any peanut butter or nut butter to make this acai bowl. I like using honey roasted peanut butter to amp up the flavor! You can also use a peanut butter powder like PB2.
  • Greek Yogurt – Plain greek yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess to this smoothie bowl along with a lot of protein. However, you can use any yogurt you like or dairy free yogurt! You can also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder in place of the greek yogurt.
  • Water – I prefer using water but you can also use milk or your favorite dairy-free milk.
  • Ice Cubes – Throwing in a few ice cubes at the end gives this acai bowl the perfect consistency. I like my acai bowls pretty thick so I can easily eat them with a spoon.
image of a peanut butter acai bowl without any toppings

Dressing Up This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Once you’ve blended up your acai bowl, it’s time for the best part. Decorating it! I know it sounds silly to dress up a smoothie bowl, but I live by the saying “you eat with your eyes first.”

Plus all those toppings aren’t just there to look pretty! They add wonderful flavor and texture.

Common acai bowl toppings include shredded coconut, sliced bananas, peanut butter, chia seeds, fresh berries, granola, chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey. Some people even take it a step further and add edible flowers.

image of an acai bowl made with peanut butter and decorate with fresh fruit, granola, and some edible flowers

I recommend adding whatever toppings you like best. After all, this is your breakfast! Just be sure to set them out before you make your bowl so that you can quickly top and enjoy it before it starts to melt.

Tips for Making The Best Peanut Butter Acai Bowl:

  • Portion out your frozen banana slices in advance! Peel and slice several bananas, then freeze them on a sheet tray in a large batch. Once they’re frozen, use a measuring cup to freeze 1 cup portions in sandwich bags.
  • Set out your toppings before you make your bowl so that you can quickly top and enjoy it before it starts to melt.
  • Run your frozen acai packed under hot water for easy removal and break it into smaller pieces white it’s in the package to make it easier to blend.
  • Make this peanut butter acai bowl vegan or dairy free by using dairy free yogurt or vegan protein powder.
  • Be sure to blend the mixture for at least a minute to make sure your acai bowl turns out nice and smooth.
  • Make a vegan acai bowl by using dairy free yogurt!
  • Throw in a few ice cubes at the end once the mixture is fully blended to help thicken it up.
  • Get creative decorating your acai bowl! I love adding bananas, berries, coconut, chia seeds, and more peanut butter.
  • Be sure to enjoy immediately after making! That’s when the texture is best.
image of a pretty acai bowl topped with coconut, chia seeds, bananas, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries

Let Me Know What You Think

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image of a spoonful of a peanut butter acai bowl recipe

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Yield: 1

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

image of peanut butter acai bowl topped with fresh fruit and peanut butter

This peanut butter acai bowl is the ultimate breakfast! It comes together in a few minutes and is a delicious way to start your day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

  • 1 packet frozen unsweetened acai (100 grams)
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana (150 grams)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (140 grams)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter or nut butter (32 grams)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt (55 grams)
  • 3/4 cup water or milk (180 grams)
  • 4 ice cubes (120 grams)

Optional Toppings

  • Peanut butter
  • Chia seeds
  • Additional banana slices
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Run the frozen acai packet under warm water for a few seconds, then cut the packet open and squeeze it into your blender.
  2. Add in 1 cup of frozen banana slices, 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt and 3/4 cup of water or milk.
  3. Blend on a low speed at first, working your way up to high. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add in an additional splash of milk or water until it's fully blended and smooth.
  4. Next add in 4 ice cubes to thicken the mixture up a bit and mix until they're fully blended.
  5. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings like shredded coconut, berries, granola, and (of course) some more peanut butter!!

Notes

Tips for Making The Best Peanut Butter Acai Bowl:

  • Portion out your frozen banana slices in advance! Peel and slice several bananas, then freeze them on a sheet tray in a large batch. Once they're frozen through, use a measuring cup to freeze 1 cup portions in sandwich bags.
  • Run your frozen acai packed under hot water for easy removal and break it into smaller pieces white it's in the package to make it easier to blend.
  • Make this peanut butter acai bowl vegan or dairy free by using dairy free yogurt or vegan protein powder.
  • Be sure to blend the mixture for at least a minute to make sure your acai bowl turns out nice and smooth.
  • Throw in a few ice cubes at the end once the mixture is fully blended to help thicken it up.
  • Get creative decorating your acai bowl! I love adding granola, blueberries, coconut, strawberries, and more peanut butter.
  • Be sure to enjoy immediately after making! That's when the texture is best.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 602Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 33mgSodium 280mgCarbohydrates 111gFiber 14gSugar 60gProtein 28g

Let me know what you think!