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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it 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
1 Packet Unsweetend Acai
1/2 Cup Blueberries (or other frozen fruit)
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 Banana sliced
1/4 Cup granola
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
Berries (for topping)
1 Tbsp. Coconut Shreds
1. Blend acai, banana, almond milk, and blueberries until smooth.
2. Pour into a bowl, and decorate with toppings until you feel happy.
4. Yes, it’s that easy.