Blog post

Low Sugar Acai Bowl Recipe

Okay, fine, so we were about 3 years late jumping on the acai bowl trend. APPARENTLY, it’s been a thing for forever now (we blame everyone we know for leaving us in the dark). It was only this past summer in Vegas that we actually experienced it. And holy delicious, sweet, crunchy, fruity, flavor bomb goodness. It was like a bowl of happiness. So now, of course, it’s a must every time we visit Vegas. BUT, we also wanted to re-create this bodacious bowl at home. The only thing we didn’t want? The boatloads of added sugar that commercial bowls tend to have. Thus, we set off on a mission to create a low sugar acai bowl recipe.

acai bowl recipe

And NO, this does not mean no sugar, or low fruit sugar. For goodness sake, 90% of this bowl is made up of fruit. There’s a LOT of fruit sugar people! But, fruit sugar shouldn’t have a bad rap. It’s slow digesting, and it doesn’t cause your blood sugar to spike. Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Anyone who tells you that fruit is bad… IS WRONG! Fruit is a fantastic alternative to processed treats loaded with gross crap. EAT FRUIT.

acai bowl recipe

Alright, now that we got that out of the way… HOW did we minimize the added sugar for our acai bowl recipe? To begin with, we chose unsweetened acai. This stuff is damn delicious on its own and the unsweetened version has 0 grams of sugar. There’s seriously no reason to add sugar. But if you don’t specifically buy the unsweetened kind, you’re getting 12 grams of added cane sugar per packet.

NO thanks.

acai bowl recipe

Another way we nixed sugar was to use our own granola (recipe here), which only contains 1/3 of a cup of honey or agave in the whole batch. Avoiding granola that has 20+ grams in 1/4 cup is huge if you want to cut down on the sugar buzz.

acai bowl recipe

Finally, we didn’t add honey (or any sweetener) drizzled over the top. Yes, when we’re splurging in Vegas, the extra sweetness is absolutely delicious. But it’s so not necessary. This bowl is sweet, flavorful, and refreshing just the way it is.

We don’t believe in limiting foods to one time of the day. This bowl can be enjoyed for breakfast (especially before a hike!), a snack, a dessert (one of our favorite ways to eat it), a midnight munchie… The options are limitless.

acai bowl recipe

Can we also add that this is one of those recipes that seems complicated, but is actually stupid easy to make? We almost felt silly that it took us so long to try it. It’s pretty much like a smoothie, in a bowl, with fancy toppings.

But don’t get us wrong, the fancy toppings really do make itΒ that much better.

And this is yet another recipe that’s easy to customize. If you don’t like granola, throw some pumpkin seeds or chopped up walnuts and almonds on top. Or, mix up your acai blend and throw different fruits or berries in (cherries is a personal favorite).

We’d love to know what your variations are!

Happy bowling dreamers!

Low Sugar Acai Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

(smoothie)

1 Packet Unsweetend Acai

1 Banana

1/2 Cup Blueberries (or other frozen fruit)

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

(toppings)

1/2 Banana sliced

1/4 Cup granola

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

Berries (for topping)

1 Tbsp. Coconut Shreds

Instructions

1. Blend acai, banana, almond milk, and blueberries until smooth.

2. Pour into a bowl, and decorate with toppings until you feel happy.

3. Enjoy.

4. Yes, it’s that easy.

36 Comments

  • the adventurer

    February 2, 2018 at 4:19 am

    I love making acai bowls! A bowl of acai and my favorite granola is my favorite weekend breakfast, I also like to add strawberries into the smoothie mix =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 3:13 am

      Ahhhh they are seriously the best! And is it just us, or have the strawberries been AMAZING lately?! So much yum!

  • Heather Rowland

    February 2, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Even if you weer a little late on the trend, you’re still ahead of me – I’ve never even tried an aΓ§ai bowl!! Love the sound of this recipe (lowish in sugar is always helpful!) so will definitely be making this weekend!!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 3:14 am

      Haha you NEED to try them. It’s so incredibly delicious! We hope you love it!

  • All That I’m Eating

    February 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    This would be a great bowl to wake up to for breakfast!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 3:14 am

      It is! Or at night… Or mid afternoon… πŸ™‚

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    February 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    i’m gonna be honest here, it bugs me SO much when people say fruit is bad for you. like WUT.

    but more importantly, this bowl looks absolutely delicious and now i definitely want one of these for breakfast…i think it’s pretty crazy how much sugar can be added when we buy acai bowls out. i much prefer to make them at home so i know what’s in them, plus it’s waaaaay cheaper!! thanks for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      RIGHT?! It makes us cringe every time someone says that fruit has ‘too much sugar’ or ‘isn’t good for you’. Fruit is magical and delicious! And it’s insane how much added sugar we feel the need to add to everything these days! We’ve definitely moved towards making more of our own foods to control what goes in it.
      We hope you enjoy it!

  • Gabrielle

    February 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Oh, I’ll definitely be keeping your tips in mind to make them healthier! I’ve spent this winter eating food with fuel in mind, rather than complete health. Nearly, but not completely. There’s a lot of room for improvement that’s for sure, and so I’ll bookmark this ready for Spring! Have a lovely weekend guys πŸ™‚

    aglassofice.com
    x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Haha there’s always room for improvement! But, food is definitely the #1 way to feel better and have more energy. You’ve got this!

  • Kelsey!

    February 2, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    This looks amazing!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Kelsey!

  • Nancy

    February 3, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Acai bowls are so delicious! Traveling is great where you get to learn new things. It’s great that you came up with a low-sugar solution! It aligns with the purpose of being healthy. This is something I’m keeping in mind when I’m making my next acai bowl. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    exquisitely.me

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      We’ve gotten SO many fun ideas for foods through traveling. That’s basically our favorite thing to do in another place, is eat! Nixing the extra sugar is always a good idea!

  • Pauline

    February 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I jumped on the Acai Bowl trend quite late too actually, I only started having it in the summer last year. I immediately FELL IN LOVE! It’s surprisingly filling! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can’t believe how much I suck at making it (there’s an amazing place in London that does them OMG) but I’ll definitely try it again!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 3, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      It is SO filling! Especially if you load it up with nuts and yummy stuff like that. When we get down to London, you’ll need to tell us where to go!

  • Deborah Brooks

    February 4, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I love Acai bowls! You are right they can be loaded with sugar and for no reason. All the delicious fruit does not need any extra sugar.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 4, 2018 at 12:52 am

      We so agree! It’s perfect the way it is!

  • Lauren

    February 4, 2018 at 6:23 am

    I have been trying to get into doing these – I am definitely going to try this recipe out!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 4, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      They’re so much easier than you’d think! You’ll love this one because it’s especially simple!

  • Freeoversea

    February 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Aww guys this looks so yummy! We are going to try this for our next Sunday morning boost πŸ˜›
    The greens and all other vibrant colors are part of us, there is nothing better than that feeling after you energized yourself with fruit bowls!

    With love,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      We so agree! It’s the best kind of energy!

  • Amy Gibson

    February 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve never tried an Acia bowl before, but they look great! I’ve never understood when people say fruit is bad for you. I’m sure as long as you’re not eating tonnes and tonnes of it it’s fine. Glad you’ve managed to come up with a low sugar alternative to store-bought ones. I’d love to give this a go!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      We think you’ll love it Amy! It’s so sweet and delicious. And fruit is the BEST! Everything in moderation, right?!

  • Chynna

    February 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Hmm, this looks delicious and healthy! Definitely, have to try this out one day πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Chynna! It is! We think you’ll be hooked just like us :).

  • Emily

    February 5, 2018 at 3:54 am

    I love that you pointed out that fruit has a ton of sugar!! It’s so funny when people say they’re not eating sugar but then they eat fruit. Definitely better micronutrients though!! I don’t eat acai bowls too often, but they always look so good! Would definitely make this one at home. Love that it’s mostly just fruit too. πŸ™‚

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 6, 2018 at 2:27 am

      Way better form of carbs! It’s all about understanding the difference between processed simple sugar and natural complex carbs. We don’t make them nearly as often as we should either!

  • Rosanna

    February 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the tasty sounding recipe! I’ve never tried an acai bowl before but I really must!!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 6, 2018 at 2:27 am

      You NEED to try it! Holy moly, they’re delicious!

  • Gemma

    February 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    This looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 6, 2018 at 2:28 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Carly

    February 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I was late to the acai bowl movement too, but man it is so yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I’m a huge fan of substituting the sugar for high quality honey

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 7, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Haha it really was worth the wait! Have you ever tried Manuka honey?! We’ve been seeing that everywhere lately!

  • Kim

    February 8, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Omg I’m actually drooling here haha your pictures look so good! Definitely want to try this out this weekend!

    Kim
    http://www.simplylovebirds.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

      Haha it was SO good Kim. Let us know what you thought!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous Post Next Post