This keto acai bowl is smooth, refreshing, and incredibly creamy, you won’t believe it is low carb! No banana or dairy needed, it’s ready in seconds and perfect with all your favorite keto toppings!
Keto Acai Bowl
One of my favorite things to do with my friends is to catch up over brunch. Brunch should be its own food group, as it also incorporates being somewhat social. What I love about brunch is that no foods are off limits- Sweet, savory, non-traditional breakfast foods, or even salads!
When I’m out at brunch, I tend to choose foods that I don’t tend to eat often at home. This would usually be some potato based dish or an acai bowl. Acai bowls reminded me of frozen yogurt, and I’d always choose lots of crunchy toppings. It was as though I was eating dessert for breakfast! Since going keto, it’s no longer something I can enjoy when I’m out, but that’s not the case for when I’m at home!
Is acai keto?
As acai berries are, as the name suggests, a berry, they are keto friendly. They are low in net carbs and have very little added sugar. Per 1 cup serving, there are 2 grams of net carbs and almost zero sugar. While they can be enjoyed for various things, I only use them to make acai bowls.
I’ve been meaning to share a keto acai bowl recipe for quite some time. I’ve been making them for ages, ever since I could buy frozen acai berry puree from the grocery store. Not only did I save a ton of money by making my own, but I could control the carbs and sugar! It also is made without banana, a popular ingredient in most acai bowls!
No high carb fruits or refined sweeteners are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture is extra thick, creamy, and almost like ice cream. It’s pleasantly sweet, thanks to the berries, and you can top it with anything and everything!
I had some friends over for brunch and served them all customized acai bowls and NO ONE believed me when I told them they were low carb- They also loved that they were a fraction of the cafe prices and had no banana!
How do you make a keto acai bowl?
- Acai puree– Unsweetened acai puree. They usually come in 100 gram/4-ounce packages.
- Coconut milk– Canned coconut milk. For a richer flavor, you can use coconut cream.
- Yogurt– Unsweetened coconut or plain yogurt. Opt for ones that have lower carbs, like keto yogurt.
- Strawberries– Frozen strawberries. You can use any frozen low carb berries or fruit of choice.
- Toppings of choice– All your favorite low carb toppings, like granola, shredded coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, or even sugar free chocolate chips.
Start by breaking apart the acai puree into smaller pieces, so it is easier to blend. Add it to a blender, along with the coconut milk, yogurt, and strawberries. Blend until thick and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add extra coconut milk.
Now, transfer the mixture into a serving bowl and add your toppings of choice.
Tips to make the best low carb acai bowl
- Do not over blend the mixture, or else it will be too thin and the toppings will sink into it.
- You must use frozen acai berries and strawberries. This helps keep the bowl thick and creamy.
- This acai bowl isn’t overly sweet, relying on the fruits for sweetness. If you prefer a sweeter acai bowl, add some keto maple syrup or some powdered sweetener.
While the original acai bowl is delicious on its own, here are some fun flavors to try out!
- Protein acai bowl– Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder. Look for a brand that has little to no carbs.
- Chocolate acai bowl– Add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
- Coconut acai bowl– Replace half the strawberries with unsweetened frozen coconut chunks (coconut flesh or coconut meat). Top with shredded unsweetened coconut and coconut flakes.
- Peanut butter acai bowl– Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to the blender and drizzle with more.
- Lemon coconut acai bowl– Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the blender and replace half the strawberries with frozen coconut chunks.
Storing acai bowls
- To store: Acai bowls are best enjoyed fresh. However, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. Any longer, and it will lose its thickness.
- To freeze: Place the acai bowl mixture into a shallow container and store it in the freezer. When ready to enjoy, break apart into pieces and re-blend.
More keto breakfast recipes to try
Keto Acai Bowl
- In a high speed blender, add your acai berry puree, coconut milk, yogurt, and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth and thick. If the mixture is too thick, add extra coconut milk.
- Transfer the mixture into two bowls. Top with blueberries, walnuts, and keto granola and serve immediately.