Coconut Acai Bowl

Between this Coconut Acai Bowls and this newfound energy I have post vacation, I feel like a whole new person this week!

Strawberry Banana and Coconut Acai Bowl / What's Gaby Cooking

Does that ever happen to you? I’ve found that sometimes you just need a minute (or a week) to really reset. For me, the past week or so has been all about that. After a few too many holiday cookies and about 4 pounds of Christmas Crack (that’s not an exaggeration) I needed to take a breather. Both in terms of what I was eating and just to decompress and relax.  So what did I do? Escape to Palm Springs with my family and do nothing but relax. That meant daily hikes or walks, cooking meals without worrying about recipe testing or taking pictures of everything I made,  and spending time with my husband and family. It was perfect and it’s exactly what I needed to get back on track. I’m feeling totally refreshed and ready to take on 2015! And that starts with this Coconut Acai Bowl.

Acai bowls have been on my mind for months. I learned all about harvesting Acai while I was in Brazil last year (more on that tomorrow) and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Between whipping them up at home and walking to the various Acai Bowl cafes that have opened around my neighborhood, I’d say I have about 5 of these a week. They are the perfect way to start my day and they also double as an energy packed lunch! Plus they are loaded with tons of antioxidants that are said to be all the rage when it comes to weightloss and lowering the risk of certain diseases. Rather than continuing to spend $10 a day getting them at various cafes, I’m now making them at home and topping them with my favorite ingredients! I’ll save the $10 Acai Bowls for special occasions or when I’m feeling lazy! In my perfect world my Acai Bowl is piled high with strawberries, bananas, a healthy spoonful of this granola and shredded coconut. Pure perfection.

Coconut Flakes

Coconut Acai Bowl

Yield: 2 bowls

Serving Size: 1 bowl

Coconut Acai Bowl


    For the Acai Puree
  • 2 acai Superfruit Packs (I use the Sambazon packs found at Whole Foods)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut water or vanilla almond milk
  • For the toppings:
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Crumbled Granola


  1. Blend the 2 frozen acai packs in a blender with the banana and coconut water or almond milk until it’s thick and smooth like a smoothie.
  2. Top with sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, toasted coconut and crumbled granola. Enjoy immediately.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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    1. Never had acai either but it’s on my wife’s New Year’s Resolutions for me (Try new foods, be more flexible with dinner, and so on). She’s also trying to get me to eat coconut. I think this recipe is going to make her really happy.

  1. This is awesome! We love acai bowls but hate spending all that money on them! Can’t wait to try this out! My favorite one at our favorite place is the chocolate peanut butter, sooo good!

  2. These look great, but acai bowls have not gotten to Illinois yet. Will try one as soon as I find them.

  3. Do the little chocolate covered Acai balls count as healthy? I love them! I have never thought of making my own bowl. What a great idea. I can’t wait to dig into this over the weekend!!

  4. Ooo – these look delicious and such a tasty way to start the new year. I’m looking forward to the Acai post – I no nothing about Acai, but I’ve always been intrigued by that flavor! Happy New Year Gaby!

  5. Can you start with a base of acai juice? I have no frozen puree. How would you recommend getting from juice to puree?

  6. I just returned from Hawaii and had Acai bowls daily. Frozen fruit helps with the smoothie consistency. The North Shore had amazing acai bowls that I crave till this day. Frozen banana with nut butter in the mix was so good, topped with banana, cocoa nibs, granola, fresh fruit and drizzled with honey…mmmmm

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