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This protein acai bowl is perfect for a quick and refreshing meal! It’s packed with beneficial nutrients and has a delicious berry flavor. You can also customize it with your favorite ingredients and toppings.
Macro Breakdown & Calories
- Calories: 573
- Carbohydrates: 70 g
- Protein: 28 g
- Fat: 22 g
- Acai Powder: Acai powder is the dried and ground form of a dark purple fruit that grows on palm trees in Central and South America. The berries are known for their high antioxidant content. I use this one from Nativas Organics, or you can find acai powder in most health food stores.
- Protein Powder: I used vanilla whey protein powder for this recipe (specifically this one from Transparent Labs) because I like the flavor it adds. I also find it has a better consistency than other types of protein. That said, you can use any protein powder you want (learn my 3 tips for making vanilla protein powder taste better).
- Frozen Fruit: I use frozen strawberries, but you can change the flavor a ton with different types of fruit (more info below).
- Almond Milk: I used my favorite high-protein almond milk from Orgain. It’s unsweetened but has a vanilla flavor, which makes this smoothie taste great. However, you can use any kind of milk you want.
- Banana: I used one-half of a banana to add sweetness and creaminess to the bowl. I used the other half for topping. I didn’t have a frozen banana on hand, so I used fresh, but you can use a frozen one, too.
- Toppings: I used a mix of toppings to add crunch and texture to the bowl. The granola and banana slices are optional, but I think they make the bowl more enjoyable to eat. I love hemp seeds because they’re a great source of plant-based protein, but you can use any nuts or seeds you want.
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How To Make A Protein Acai Bowl
Combine all of the ingredients except for the toppings in a blender.
Blend until thick and creamy, adding more almond milk, ice, or frozen fruit to reach the right texture. You want it thick enough to pick up a scoop with a spoon.
Pour into a bowl and top with your desired ingredients.
Protein Acai Bowl Variations
There are a few ways to customize this bowl. Check out some of my favorite variations:
1. Tropical Acai Bowl
Swap the strawberries for a frozen mango and pineapple mix here. You can also top with dried coconut, cashew nuts, and pineapple chunks. You can even swap the almond milk for coconut milk for a more tropical flavor.
2. Nutty Acai Bowl
This bowl is for nut butter lovers! Swap the vanilla protein powder for a chocolate protein powder. Add 1 tablespoon of almond butter (or nut butter) to the blender.
3. Green Berry Bowl
This variation is for those who want a nutrient-dense smoothie. Swap the vanilla protein powder for a green powder like spirulina or matcha. Add spinach or kale to the blender. Top with chia seeds, goji berries, and pistachios.
How To Store & Meal Prep:
If you want to make this ahead of time, I recommend blending all ingredients except the toppings. When ready to eat, mix it and top it with your desired toppings. Then, store the mixture in an airtight container in the freezer.
Other Protein Shake Recipes
- Casein Protein Pudding
- Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Protein Oreos – Only 180 Calories
- Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
About The Author
Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s in Nutrition Sciences. She is an expert in nutrition research, coaching, content creation, and recipe development. Kelsey takes a mindful approach towards health and values building relationships with all foods. She understands the importance of providing recipes that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary needs. When she’s not focusing on nutrition, Kelsey has a passion for cooking, the outdoors, running, and travel.