Acai Bowl with Berries, Banana, Granola, and Raw Honey


The Happy Cookbook

Published by St Martin's Press

This image courtesy of Armelle Habib

I tasted my first ever acai bowl in Hawaii. Acai is a small berry from the Amazon jungle and it’s a super source of antioxidants. An acai bowl is like a really thick purple smoothie – so thick you eat it with a spoon. It’s topped with fresh seasonal fruit, granola and raw honey. I’ve probably tasted every acai bowl on the island of Oahu! My favorite was from a little place on the north shore, where they make something called Haleiwa bowls, which have every fruit topping you could imagine, and they’ve inspired my version.

Although it’s a tropical fruit, acai berries are not very sweet, so acai is usually blended with fruit and fruit juice, which can add loads of sugar so you have to be careful. This acai bowl creation is super healthy, though, and a little gift from Hawaii that I’m excited to be sharing with you.



Total TimeUnder 15 minutes

Dietary RestrictionsVegan, Vegetarian

Dietary ConsiderationHealthy, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian




  • 1 cup (155 g) frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana (peel it before you freeze it)
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened acai powder
  • 1 cup (250 ml) almond milk
  • 1?4 cup (40 g) chia seeds
  • Fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of Crunchy Paleo Granola to serve
  • Raw honey (or maple syrup), to serve


Pop the blueberries, banana, acai powder, almond milk and chia seeds into the blender and whirl everything up. You might need to give it a few pulses to get the right consistency. Then pour into sweet little bowls and top with the fresh strawbs, granola and a dash of honey drizzled on top. Hello Hawaii magic!

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