Protein Acai Bowl (With 3 Variations)

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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.

protein acai bowl

Macro Breakdown & Calories

  • Calories: 573
  • Carbohydrates: 70 g
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Fat: 22 g


protein acai bowl ingredients
  • 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. 
  • 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

Step 1

Combine all of the ingredients except for the toppings in a blender. 

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Pour into a bowl and top with your desired ingredients.

Step 3b on how to make a protein acai bowl: 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: 

protein acai bowl

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.

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protein acai bowl

Protein Acai Bowl

  • Author: Kelsey Butler
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
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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.


Units Scale
  • 1/8 cup acai powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 banana (divided)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk


  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • 1 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup granola



Blend all ingredients except toppings, pour into the bowl, and top with hemp seeds, slivered almonds, granola, and fresh fruit.


If you want to make this ahead of time, I recommend blending all ingredients except the toppings.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Meal
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Bodybuilding Meals


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 573 kcal
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 70 g
  • Protein: 28 g

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.