How to Make an Acai Bowl - The Ultimate Guide


How to Make an Acai Bowl

Many people struggle with how make an acai bowl at home the same way it is served in juice bars. At Pure Green, we get asked all the time why when our guests try to make acai bowls at home, it never seems to taste the like it does at Pure Green locations. There are numerous reasons why people struggle to get the right consistency when they make acai bowls at home; many people report that the efforts of their labor results in a thin soupy mess. As acai enthusiasts, this breaks our heart and we are excited to get into the specific acai blending techniques and troubleshoot common amateur mistakes.


Pronunciation of Acai

Many people mispronounce acai calling it ‘ah-cay-yee’ which is like nails on a chalkboard for brazil natives and juice bar enthusiasts. The correct pronunciation of acai is:


Got it? Good. Let’s move on.

What is Acai and where does it come from?

The acai berry is native to South America and grows on the acai palm tree. These trees require rainforest conditions to grow which is why Brazil and it’s surrounding countries are the only area in the world where acai berries and be found. Acai is a staple food for Brazil natives and acai berries are typically manufactured in Brazil, frozen in packs and imported to the United States.

Acai Berries from Rainforest

Health Benefits of Acai

Acai is rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, protein and includes trace minerals including chromium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. The most potent benefit in acai berries is from anthocyanins which give acai berries their deep purple color and act as antioxidants in the body. Acai berries have higher amounts of antioxidants than fruits like blueberries.

The antioxidant content of foods is measured by Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score and 100 grams of frozen acai pulp has an ORAC value of 15,405 crushing blueberries where the same of amount on blueberries only has a score of 4,669.

Best Way to Consume Acai

Fresh Acai Berries? Unless you live in Brazil or are visiting, fresh acai berries are not an option. They go rancid quickly which is why they cannot be shipped and which is the reason why you typically see frozen packs of acai. The frozen packs of acai and processed acai powder are the two main forms of acai in the United States.

Acai in Sorbet form is Higher in Sugar than Frozen Packs

Acai berries in their raw form are a bitter and tart fruit. Adding some fruits or sweeteners is needed in order to make the taste more palatable. Although, acai sorbets that don’t need to be blended is certainly a convenient option, however, the main issue with acai sorbets is that they contain very high sugar levels compared to most frozen packs. The reason for the higher sugar level in ready to serve sorbets is to achieve the ice cream like consistency, double the sugar content of the acai packs is required. This is the reason that the frozen acai packs are the best option for making acai bowls. However, not all acai packs all created equally and some acai packs contain higher sugar levels than others.

Acai sorbet

The Best Frozen Acai Packs

An issue with many of frozen acai packs is the sugar level is high but not as high as the acai sorbet. There are brands that contain zero sugar in the acai packs although these much be combined with other ingredients in order to create a flavor that has a sweetness to it. Pure Green uses proprietary acai packs that are slightly sweetened which provides more of a mainstream taste profile. If you are very conscious of sugar, go with the zero sugar acai packs.

The Best Blender for Acai Bowls

In order to get the right consistency, a powerful blender is needed. The best blender to use is a Vitamix Blender which has a powerful motor and can handle the blending needed to create the perfect acai bowls. Blenders like the Magic Bullet blender will struggle to blend and you will be forced to use more of your liquid base in order for it to blender.

The Best Acai Bowl Recipe

The Best Acai Recipes

The key is to blend for the right consistency in the base of the acai. Try these recipes and make sure you are using a Vitamix blender:

Traditional Acai

2 packs of frozen acai

4 ounces of coconut milk or almond milk

3 to 4 slices of frozen banana

Blend using a Vitamix Blender for 60 seconds and use the tamper as needed

Recommended Toppings: Organic hemp granola, sliced fresh banana and a dollop of cashew or almond butter

Tropical Acai

2 packs of frozen acai

4 ounces of coconut water

3 small slices of frozen pineapple and 4 small pieces of frozen mango

Blend using a Vitamix Blender for 60 seconds and use the tamper as needed

Recommended Toppings: Organic hemp granola, chia seeds, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, fresh strawberries

Berry Acai

2 packs of frozen acai

4 ounces of coconut water

4 frozen strawberries

Blend using a Vitamix Blender for 60 seconds and use the tamper as needed

Recommended Toppings: Organic hemp granola, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries

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About Ross Franklin

He is the CEO and Founder of Pure Green Franchise. He is an entrepreneur, podcast host, biohacker and sought after wellness keynote speaker. He is leading the rapid expansion of Pure Green Franchise to build locations across the United States with the mission of building healthier communities and connecting people with performance driven superfoods.

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