If joy were a dish it would probably be frozen. It would be in a bowl because things taste better in bowls. It would be sweet and cover a vast territory of textures and flavors: smooth, crunchy, creamy, crispy, fruity, nutty, floral… If happiness could be consumed and enjoyed, it would be a thick and frosty classic Acai Bowl.

Acai BowlNot much compares to the flavor combinations of a classic acai bowl.

Since moving to San Diego, I’ve had more acai bowls than I can count because they seem to be the only meal that will satisfy me after a few hours in the sun. When you are surrounded by sand, salt, and palm trees, fruit and water are the only things you really crave. Or at least that’s me.

And boy does this classic acai bowl satisfy the craving!

The Classic Acai Bowl

I’ve become something of an acai bowl snob. I try to be flexible, and I always want to try a new one made in a different way, but when push comes to shove, my vision of an acai bowl looks like this:

Acai Bowl

It’s inspired by the best acai bowl I’ve encountered yet, from the Lazy Hummingbird cafe in Ocean Beach. It’s a quaint tea and coffee house that hosts live music and has charm coming out their ears.

Their acai bowl is special because they don’t water down the acai, so it’s thick, creamy, and rich, and they have the best granola that they get from the CO-OP down the street. Plus, they always pile up the fruit and coconut generously.

But what is truly unique about the Lazy Hummingbird’s acai bowl is the way they put granola above and below the acai smoothie. As you dig in with your very long spoon to the bottom to grab some granola and bring it back up to the top, that bite is worth a million regular acai bowl bites. And that’s saying something.

This classic acai bowl tastes like heaven:

It starts with a layer of crunchy, crispy granola with plenty of puffed grains and flax, and it’s topped with a thick, soft serve-like acai smoothie. Then, it’s piled high with a sprinkle of more granola, blueberries, bananas, slivered almonds, a heap of shredded coconut, and a generous drizzle of honey. Bliss.

The classic Acai Bowl is basically a fruit sundae that is so delicious you’ll end up making a meal out of it.

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The reason that the classic acai bowl is so epic and fantastic is the combinations of flavors and textures. The acai soft serve alone isn’t the star. If the acai is the body of the operation, then the granola, nuts, fresh fruit, coconut, and honey are the heart and soul.

I think if I had to choose my favorite part, it would be the way the honey freezes and acts like the fanciest caramel in the land atop the most luscious sundae in the universe.

Acai Bowl

The Classic Acai Bowl
Recipe type: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Summer, Spring, Vegetarian
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Makes: 2 Acai Bowls
A dreamy classic acai bowl inspired by San Diego's finest.
Acai Bowl:
  • 2 C frozen strawberries
  • 2 packets of pureed acai, unsweetened
  • 1 fresh banana
  • ¼ C almond milk
  • ⅔ C + ¼ granola, divided (we like Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola)
  • 2 T coarsely chopped almonds
  • Fresh, sliced, seasonal fruit: ½ a sliced banana, a handful of blueberries, or sliced peaches, get creative!
  • ¼ C shredded coconut (coarsely shredded is preferred)
  • A drizzle of your favorite honey (local and raw is ideal)
Acai Bowl:
  1. Run the acai packet, still in the plastic, under warm water until you can break it up into smaller chunks.
  2. Cut open the plastic, add to a food processor along with the frozen strawberries. Pulse until the mixture turns into pea-size crumbs.
  3. Add the banana and almond milk.
  4. Blend thoroughly.
  5. Once it is smooth and thick like soft serve ice cream, it’s ready.
To Assemble:
  1. Divide the larger portion of granola between the two bowls.
  2. Divide the acai evenly.
  3. Evenly distribute the rest of the granola, fresh fruit, the almonds, coconut, and lastly, a generous drizzle of honey on top.
  4. Eat it!

Now, grab a spoon, enjoy, and remember that life is good! Happy summer!

P.S. If you like this, I think you’ll really like my Breakfast Banana Soft Serve with Vanilla Sauce!

Let’s chat: What does joy taste like to you? Have you ever tried an acai bowl? What do you love to eat after a day in the sun? I wanna know your thoughts!

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20 thoughts on “The Classic Acai Bowl”

    1. Thank you! San Diego does acai bowls beautifully. Try one and let me know how you like it! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to SD!

    1. Great question! You can find it in the freezer section at select grocery stores and most natural markets. I can usually find it by the frozen fruit at Whole Foods, Jimbo’s, and some Vons stores. I’ve used and liked Acai Roots and Sambazon brands. I hope this helps you! Thanks for asking!

  1. I lived in Brazil for 10 months and I had açaí at least 3 times a week. I miss it so much now that I’m back in the U.S.! The best açaí I found was from northern Brazil, where they serve it simply with puffed tapioca. Not to sweet and soooo tasty. Thanks for posting and bringing back some good memories!

    1. Hi, Lily! Wow, Brazil + an acai bowl lifestyle sounds so idyllic. I’ve never had puffed tapioca, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some. I’ll have to check that out! I’m glad this California take on acai could bring back some happy memories. Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. when someone uses the words “joy, heaven, rich” to describe food, I’m completely in on it. I’ve been meaning to try making acai bowl and I think this might be the first recipe I’m willing to try! Thanks for sharing!

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