In my travels to South America, I encountered acai, a fruit native to the Amazon River Basin of South America that’s a cross between a grape and blueberry. With a taste described as wild berry-meets-dark chocolate, I was immediately inspired to create this Turmeric Acai Bowl Recipe as an antioxidant-rich breakfast.
You see, this low-sugar fruit is rich with health benefits, including a high antioxidant level and excellent amounts of iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A—making it a perfect way to start your day.
So, let’s take a closer look at acai bowls, including what they contain, how they support your health, and how they come together. Then, I’ll share my Turmeric Acai Bowl Recipe, which only takes 5 minutes to prepare. Let’s dive in!
What Is an Acai Bowl Made of?
Acai bowls are typically a mix of acai and other fruits, such as antioxidant-rich blueberries or strawberries potassium-rich bananas, and topped with filling ingredients such as shredded coconut, seeds, or nuts. You can think of it as an antioxidant-packed smoothie that’s served in a bowl with delicious crunchy toppings.
In my opinion, this Turmeric Acai Bowl Recipe is the best acai bowl recipe I’ve come across because it includes not only a great source of healthy fats in the form of avocado and coconut but also the incredibly delicious spice turmeric.
Are Acai Bowls Healthy?
Because they’re naturally rich in antioxidants, finding a healthy acai bowl recipe shouldn’t be too difficult. That said, make sure it’s based in whole foods and doesn’t include added sugar or processed ingredients.
I created this Turmeric Acai Bowl Recipe to support a high-fiber keto diet, which is why it’s high in healthy fats that support everything from your hair and skin health to a healthy gut microbiome.
Additionally, as I mentioned above, this acai bowl healthy recipe contains turmeric, which is a spice indigenous to Southeast Asia that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Siddha practices to combat a myriad of health woes from indigestion to liver ailments and skin disorders. Its primary compound, curcumin, is found in the turmeric root and has been scientifically shown to help cool inflammation and support immunity.
Finally, I made sure to include Ceylon cinnamon, which contains inflammation-cooling properties and is known to support healthy blood sugar levels.
As you can see, my Turmeric Acai Bowl Recipe is filled with health-promoting ingredients designed to provide you with a healthy, energetic start to your morning. All that’s left is to learn how to make an acai bowl like this one!
How to Make an Acai Bowl
When it comes to making a classic acai bowl recipe, the process is quick and easy. Just as you would with any other smoothie, you begin with your base ingredients and blend them in a blender until smooth. Then, you pour it into a bowl and garnish with your preferred toppings.
But how do you determine what all goes into your acai bowl recipe? And what liquid do you use for acaibowls? Should you use acai puree or acai powder instead of the actual berries?
The great part about making acai bowls or any smoothie for that matter is that you can customize it to your personal preferences. Personally, I like to use the whole acai berries to cut down on any processing. But as for other ingredients, this is a great time to get creative and feature your favorite flavors!
If you’re a fan of raspberries or strawberries, combine those with acai berries and add in your favorite spices, ideally some healthy fats, and toppings of your choice.
Tips for Smoothie Bowl Toppings
If you’re looking for some suggestions on healthy toppings for your acai bowls, here are a few of my favorites:
- Sliced bananas
- Nuts and seeds
- Shredded unsweetened coconut
- Cacao nibs
Turmeric Acai Bowl
If you are seeking the optimal reset for your body, this smoothie is it! The anti-inflammatory ingredients stabilize blood sugar levels, (especially the Ceylon cinnamon) allowing you to soar through your morning without needing to stop at the bakery or have a sugary latte.
2 cups wild blueberries, frozen
1 packet (100 g) of acai berry, frozen (such as Sambazan)
1 teaspoon ginger powder (can use more if preferred)
1 teaspoon turmeric (can use more if preferred)
1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 cups unsweetened coconut, hemp, or almond milk
1 scoop Collagen Beauty Peptides (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour to thicken to desired texture.
For a thicker texture, reduce the milk to 2 cups.
Add more as necessary to reach preferred consistency.