Acai Energy Bowl

Acai bowls are all the rage, and what’s not to love? Cute patterns on top, breakfast that tastes like dessert, everything looks better in a bowl, and you get permission to add stupidly indulgent ingredients like chocolate chips, granola and lashings of peanut butter and call it ‘healthy’ – because acai bowls are simply multivitamins in a bowl, right?

Not so fast. If you’re buying your acai bowl at your local fruit market or that cheeky little energy store, you might just be buying a shed-load of sugar, fat and more sugar. Ingredients lists in store-bought acai bowls often read like this: acai (sweetened – SUGAR), apple juice (SUGAR), mango or banana (SUGAR), blueberries (SUGAR), muesli (SUGAR).

Make your own with this Athletist Acai Energy Bowl and you’re in charge of exactly what goes into the bowl – and into your body.

But Acai is a Superfood, Right?

Yep. But so is broccoli. And I don’t see hordes of people clamouring to meet their besties for a blitzed broccoli bowl for Sunday brunch.

Be real, you’re eating the acai bowl because it’s dessert packaged as a health food, right?

If you’re really trying to supercharge your nutrition and your performance (all day energy, power at the gym, clear mind at work), you need to monitor your food and your macros. Avoid blowing out the whole day’s carbs on five minutes of purple goodness.

How to Make a Better Acai Bowl

Level up your acai bowl by making it at home. It takes minutes and a blender. For reals. And instead of paying $14 at your local Insta haunt, you can make this bad boy for a coupla bucks. Here’s what we used:

  • Pure acai powder from Aldi (100% acai, unsweetened)
  • Organic almond milk (unsweetened, unflavoured, from Woolworths)
  • Lakanto monk fruit syrup
  • Frozen blueberries from Aldi
  • Hemp seeds, chia seeds, toasted coconut flakes, LSA – all from Aldi

Acai Energy Bowl in Three Easy Steps

>> Blitz the avo, half the almond milk and hemp seeds until smooth. (I blitz them first so the hemp seeds get nice and crushed up, rather than getting lost in the mix when everything else is added. You’ll get a smooth little paste going here.)

>> Add all other ingredients except the chia, coconut and reserved blueberries, and hemp for the toppings. Blitz again until smooth. Using frozen berries makes it super cold and more like ice-cream consistency.

>> Decorate to your heart’s content. Yes, we eat with our eyes, but honestly, I just want to dig in, so my acai bowl was less Insta-art and more throw-it-on-and-snap-a-pic.

Ready to make your own high-energy acai bowl? Grab your blender and let’s get to it.

acai energy bowl with spoon
acai energy bowl - empty


If dessert for breakfast is your thang, try our Big As Ya Head Buttermilk Pancakes

If anything in a bowl floats ya boat, you’ve got to make our Chicken & The Egg Curry – warming, delicious, even better the next day, and yes, you could devour this for a savoury breakfast. We have!

Acai Energy Bowl

Low sugar, low fat, high energy and nutrient dense acai bowl you can make at home in minutes. With super foods for super energy, to super-charge your workout!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 240 kcal


  • 1 tsp pure acai powder unsweetened, no added anything
  • 30 g avocado
  • .25 cup almond milk unsweetened, unflavoured
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds keep a few aside for your toppings
  • 1 tsp LSA
  • 70 g blueberries frozen or fresh – frozen is even better in this recipe
  • 1 tsp chia seeds for toppings
  • 1 tsp toasted coconut flakes for toppings
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Blitz the avocado, half the almond milk and the hemp seeds in a small blender, to create a smooth paste and crush the hemp seeds slightly.
  • Add all other ingredients EXCEPT the chia, coconut and reserved hemp seeds and blitz again until smooth.
  • Pour into a bowl and decorate with your reserved toppings. Dig in!
Keyword acai bowl, smoothie bowl


2 Responses

  1. It’s winter in Seattle, but still – I can’t wait to try this! I love açai bowls but rarely get them due to the sugar. This recipe makes me so happy!

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