Acai Bowl

by Kiran on June 2, 2016 · 40 comments

in Frozen Treats, Smoothie, Snack

Hi friends!

How’s your week going on so far? Don’t fret, weekend is just around the corner. I can’t say the same about myself because sleep deprivation is taking its toll on me. Weekday or a weekend, it doesn’t really matter. I’m still not getting enough sleep.


Acai Bowl | @KiranTarun
It’s almost 2:30 am and I’m writing this post. Sleep have been eluding me these days. It’s a huge blessing if I can just fall asleep. I’ve tried everything to help remedy this sleep deprivation. From drinking calming teas, to milk, using a pillow spray that has calming essential oils, doing some yoga and meditation, etc.

If you have any tips on helping to ease into a goodnight sleep, I’d appreciate it!

Acai Bowl | @KiranTarun
Sleep deprivation aside, breakfast gets me out of the bed with so much excitement. Even after a sleepless and exhaustive night, nothing can really come close to disrupting my zen time in the kitchen, preparing a wonderful breakfast.

I take my time planning my breakfast the night before and doing all the required prep work. I go to bed with the anticipation of having a glorious breakfast when I awake.

Not having a wonderful sleep. Nope. That’s not my priority 😉

I live for breakfast. I literally do. Lunch and dinners are fine, but breakfast has a special place in my tummy. In my soul.

Acai Bowl | @KiranTarun
And if you follow me on Instagram, you’d spot my love for smoothie bowls! It’s mind boggling. I could eat this stuff every day, for every meal. And I wouldn’t mind a bit about sleep deprivation, if fed bowls of acai.

I was introduced to acai bowl last year while visiting Miami. The collage below are snippets of my obsession for acai bowls. It’s so refreshing and keeps me full long enough until the next meal. I used to love ice cream so much but now, acai/smoothie bowls are my go-to fix.

It’s almost healthy and good for you! In moderation of course 😉

Acai Bowl | @KiranTarun

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Makes 2 servings


  • 2 very ripe bananas, chopped and frozen
  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 2 packets of raw acai puree (we love both Nativo and Sambazon) or 2 tbsp of acai powder
  • about 1/4 cup of coconut water or any milk

toppings: chopped fruits, coconut and granola


  1. In a high-powered blender, add chopped frozen bananas, strawberries and acai puree or powder. Drizzle in coconut water to aid with blending. Blend until smooth and very thick.
  2. Divide blended thick acai smoothie into two bowls.
  3. Topped with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Note: this is a basic and common acai bowl recipe. you can definitely experiment with different ingredients and flavors here.


Acai Bowl | @KiranTarun
Have a great Thursday! And please google how to correctly pronounce acai. It’s a very fun name 😉

What is your favorite meal of the day? Have you tried acai?


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1 All That I'm Eating June 2, 2016 at 11:11 AM

This looks so good, great way to use acai too!
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2 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 12:55 PM

Thank you! Love acai, especially this time of the year 🙂


3 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

I’m not a breakfast person myself but I do know it is important. As to your not sleeping,that is terrible. I found to help me sleep, I never use my computer in the evening after eight, I put soothing music on so low that I can almost not hear it an hour before I go to sleep, and I never drink caffeine after 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
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4 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

All good tips, Karen. I try so hard to avoid being online in the evening, but my phone wouldn’t let me 😀


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM

I usually use acai powder, but I love that fresh puree even more! This looks terrific!
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6 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Angie, both tastes great but if you need texture and thickness, puree is the best 🙂


7 Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 6, 2016 at 1:10 PM

sleep deprivation is really bad, hope you get a good night sleep soon. This Acai bowl looks so pretty and delicious. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! 🙂
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8 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Thanks, Anu. I’m hoping the same 🙂


9 Faith (An Edible Mosaic) June 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your sleep deprivation lately! Recently I’ve been having trouble falling asleep and then staying asleep, so I know how frustrating it is. Sending sleepy thoughts your way!

And I swear you make the most beautiful breakfasts ever! I always enjoy seeing your lovely breakfast bowls in Instagram. xoxo
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10 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Faith, you are so sweet. Pretty sure there are other more beautiful breakfast insta’s out there. You are just so kind. Love you xoxo


11 Denise Browning June 7, 2016 at 12:32 PM

It looks so creamy, refreshing, and delicious. My youngest daughter and I are crazy for acai bowl. In several regions of Brazil, it is often eaten at Gyms and for breakfast but at the Northern region where this berry comes from, it is commonly enjoyed for either lunch or dinner. 🙂


12 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Oh Denise, I am so glad Acai paid us a visit here in USA. Such a miracle berry with so much deliciousness. I could really gobble this in every meal 🙂


13 Juliana June 7, 2016 at 5:18 PM

What a beautiful and healthy bowl Kira…perfect way to start the day…dessert for breakfast 🙂
Have a wonderful week!


14 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Thanks Juliana. So nice to see you back here 🙂 Have an awesome weekend.


15 Liz @ Ready to Yumble June 7, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Absolutely with you! Most nights I don’t get nearly enough sleep, yet breakfast still gets me excited…especially with something delicious like these smoothie bowls! Way to power up!
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16 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM

somehow, i am finding solace that i’m not alone in the sleep deprived category. hugs.


17 John/Kitchen Riffs June 7, 2016 at 8:51 PM

What a great recipe! This would get me out of bed, too. SO much flavor. Sorry to hear about the sleep — no suggestions, alas. But I know how frustrating that can be. Hope you find a solution soon!
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18 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Thanks John. I’m hoping too 🙂


19 Katerina June 8, 2016 at 5:53 AM

Oh I have my sleepless nights too! I don’t have any remedy, I just sometimes take valeriana pills which are natural and manage to relax me a bit and make me sleep. Although I don’t have the time to eat breakfast, I do appreciate a great suggestions as this one!
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20 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Katerina — no time to eat breakfast? girl, you are breaking my heart 😀


21 Balvinder June 8, 2016 at 11:57 AM

The color of this Acai bowl is blowing my mind. SO GORGEOUS! And sounds super tasty too 🙂


22 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:10 PM

And it’s totally gluten free, so enjoy! 🙂


23 Ashley@CookNourishBliss June 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

I’m sorry you’re not sleeping well!! That’s the worst. It happened to me a few weeks ago … the only thing that helps me is exercise (as long as I do something during the day I sleep way better at night!!). And these acai bowls sound just lovely!
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24 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Ashley — i actually do exercise frequently and hoped that helps in sleeping better at night. But i guess my brain just becomes way too active 😀 I don’t know. For now, I’m just sticking to my regular routine and lets hope it’s just a phase that’ll eventually pass.


25 Asha Shivakumar June 8, 2016 at 5:52 PM

This is so beautiful Kiran. I absolutely know your love for acai bowl, each one looks delicious and artistic.
Sorry to hear about the sleeping situation. It’s happened a lot and I go through it on and off. Soaking your feet in bath salts before bed and add some euclyptus oil to your feet might help too. They say turning off the comp or any screen 2-3 before bedtime helps, but I could never do that.
Take care and hope all is well my friend.


26 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Thanks Asha — you are right about bath salts, it actually works! and i’ll definitely try the eucalyptus oil tip 🙂


27 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

Smoothie bowls are huge here too. I find them a bit confusing eating a smoothie with a spoon but they are are pretty! 😀 I hope you get the sleep thing sorted out. It’s so frustrating isn’t it?


28 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM

I was at first, weirded with the thought of “eating” smoothies, but i’m hooked now. And you should too! 😀

I’m a grumpy kid without enough sleep!


29 Mariana June 9, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Breakfast also has a special place in my heart. And so does açaí. I grew up eating it, and it offers amazing nourishment so I love this recipe.


30 Kiran June 10, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Oh wow, I am so glad we get to savor acai here 🙂


31 Simi Jois June 9, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Have you tried drinking warm milk before bed ?? I’ve heard it helps…I think it’s more about your state of mind than anything else. I really hope you find peace and tranquility….

Loved the berry bowl…I have to try this…looks sinful !
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32 Kiran June 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Simi — yes, i tried drinking milk before bed, doesn’t work for me. State of mind, maybe.

You need to try acai bowl. It’s a revelation.


33 Coffee and Crumpets June 10, 2016 at 4:56 AM

I like the idea of breakfast, I don’t like making it, I love it when someone else makes it 🙂
Never tried smoothie bowls..never too late to start!


34 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Nazneen — don’t we all 😉


35 sippitysup June 10, 2016 at 11:07 AM

The best sleep I know comes after hard labor and a hot bath. If you can follow that up with a sweet treat in a bowl all the better. GREG


36 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Greg — true about hard labor. not so when it comes to sweet treats. it’s a sugar coma that i must avoid, especially with having trouble in sleeping 😀


37 Laura | Tutti Dolci June 11, 2016 at 12:22 PM

What a dreamy way to start the day!


38 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh, thanks Laura. You are just too kind 🙂


39 Shumaila June 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM

Audiobooks and this sleep meditation app- meditation studio generally helps me go to sleep. I have trouble silencing my thoughts and thats where these two things come to the rescue. Lovely acai bowl. Need to try one soon.
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40 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Shumaila — oh, thanks for the app rec. I would definitely give it a try 🙂


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