Peanut Butter Acai Bowls – Thick, creamy acai bowls made with plenty of berries and peanut butter. This healthy breakfast or snack is perfect any time! (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Know what might be the most perfect breakfast ever for summer? Acai bowls!
Acai bowls feel like getting to eat a bowl of berry ice cream for breakfast, which is PERFECT for the warm summer mornings or cooling off in the afternoons. They’re gorgeous (topped with all sorts of goodies), taste incredible (like berry heaven!), and come together in a flash (thank you, blender!).
We even do build-your-own acai bowls for dinner sometimes! I set out a bunch of fruit + toppings and everyone can decorate or garnish however they please.
Peanut butter acai bowls are my favorite acai bowl twist lately. They’re everything I love about a classic acai bowl, with a peanut buttery vibe that tastes FABULOUS.
Here’s what you need to make a seriously amazing peanut butter acai bowl…
HERE’S WHAT I PUT IN MY PEANUT BUTTER ACAI BOWLS:
FROZEN ACAI PACKETS. I prefer using frozen acai puree packets (rather than powder) for my acai bowls and smoothies. The texture and flavor are better, in my opinion. I like using unsweetened açai packets when I can find them.
BANANA. You can use fresh or frozen banana for peanut butter acai bowls. Frozen banana will make the bowl thicker, while fresh banana will be easier to blend.
FROZEN BERRIES. Then, I like adding plenty of frozen berries. I use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, but you can also totally use a frozen mixed berry or mixed berry + cherry blend. The berries give this loads of flavor and really play up the peanut butter acai bowl flavors–almost like a PB&J!
PEANUT BUTTER. What makes these peanut butter acai bowls special is the peanut butter! Paired with the berries, it really takes on an almost peanut butter and jelly vibe, but with so much more flavor! I prefer using natural peanut butter (just peanuts or just peanuts + salt) for taste and texture.
ALMOND MILK. To help the mixture blend, I use almond milk. We’re dairy-free, so we favor unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk, but you can use whatever milk you drink and like, whether that’s dairy or non-dairy.
HONEY OR MAPLE SYRUP. I usually don’t sweeten my smoothies, but I recommend adding just a little honey or pure maple syrup to these peanut butter acai bowls since acai can be a bit flat on its own. Trust your tastebuds! If you don’t need any, great! If you need more, great!
OPTIONAL: COLLAGEN, PROTEIN POWDER, OR HEMP SEEDS. If you’d like to add some protein, feel free to add in a scoop or two of collagen or protein powder, or a few spoonfuls of hemp seeds. They’ll blend in nicely and give these bowls even more staying power!
YUMMY WAYS TO TOP THESE PEANUT BUTTER ACAI BOWLS:
FRESH BERRIES. The easiest way to add some pretty color to a peanut butter acai bowl is with plenty of fresh berries! I love echoing the same berries I put in the smoothie–red strawberries, bright blueberries, and purple-pink raspberries. So much color + flavor!
BANANA SLICES. Similarly, a few slices of banana can look and taste great. (Slice the banana at a diagonal angle for prettier slices!)
PEANUT BUTTER. I really love adding a little dollop or drizzle more peanut butter on top of my peanut butter acai bowls. It plays up that peanut butter flavor and looks pretty. (It’s all about pretty with acai bowls, right!?)
GRANOLA. Lastly, a bit of crunch is the BEST pairing with smooth, creamy acai. Top those peanut butter acai bowls with a sprinkle of granola (or this paleo grain-free granola!) for some crunch!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER ACAI BOWLS:
CAN I USE POWDERED ACAI INSTEAD? I don’t recommend it for acai bowls unless you plan to add more bananas to use to give these peanut butter acai bowls enough body. (Eating that many bananas at once upsets my stomach.)
WHERE DO YOU BUY FROZEN ACAI PACKETS? They’re becoming easier and easier to find these days. I can get frozen acai packets in the frozen fruit section of most of my grocery stores (Kroger, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods, etc.), Target, Walmart, and even Costco.
I’M ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS. CAN I MAKE THIS WITH SOMETHING ELSE? Sure–you can swap in other kinds of nut or seed butter. Just know the flavor will reflect whichever nut/seed butter you choose. (Or, you can try this version which is peanut-free!)
HAVE LEFTOVERS? TRY THIS! If you have leftover peanut butter acai smoothie, pour it into a popsicle mold! It makes such a tasty popsicle later. Or, you can refrigerate it 1 day. I’ve done this several times, and it still tastes great (even though it loses its frosty texture).
NEED A GOOD BLENDER? We LOVE this one. We’ve had it for 7 years and used it more than 1400 times (there’s a counter!)
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TOOLS + INGREDIENTS TO GET YOU STARTED ON THESE ACAI BOWLS: