Peanut Butter & Jelly Açaí Bowls

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Acai Bowls topped with fresh fruits, peanut butter, and coconut

On a recent trip to Kansas to visit friends and family, we stopped at a local juice shop called Songbird that had the delicious, healthy offerings I was craving when away from home.

Are you surprised to know I went two days in a row? And that I ordered the same thing both days? I’m so predictable it’s not even funny.

This was one of my first açaí bowl experiences, and the flavor combination of banana peanut butter finally compelled me to create an inspired version for the blog. Let’s do this!

Wood plank with banana, peanut butter powder, nut milk, spinach, and acai for making Peanut Butter & Jelly Acai Bowls

This recipe is SO simple, requiring just 10 minutes, 4 ingredients, and 1 blender.

The base is açaí, the wonder fruit everyone seems to be raving about, especially when it comes to smoothie bowls.

Açaí is a South American-based berry that’s becoming quite popular in the health community, boasting loads of antioxidants, amino acids, electrolytes, and vitamins.

I personally love it because (depending on the brand you buy – I like Sambazon), it has very low sugar content. Plus, it blends extremely well with other ingredients as it’s quite neutral in flavor, which is what makes it perfect for this banana peanut butter version!

Blender filled with ingredients for making Peanut Butter & Jelly Acai Bowls

In addition to frozen açaí (which is easy to find at most grocery stores and health markets in the frozen section), I relied on bananas for creamy sweetness, peanut butter powder for a lower-calorie yet high-protein addition, coconut milk, and spinach (hello, fiber and folate).

The result is a creamy, thick smoothie bowl that ends up tasting like a banana peanut butter milkshake!

Freshly blended mixture for Peanut Butter & Jelly Acai Bowls

For toppings, I went with sliced bananas, berries, coconut, and sunflower seeds. Hemp seeds also make a great addition.

I also think this smoothie bowl would be delicious with the addition of your favorite vegan protein powder (chocolate, vanilla, or plain)!

Bowls of low-sugar Peanut Butter & Jelly Acai with delicious toppings

I hope you all LOVE this smoothie bowl! It’s:

Creamy
Perfectly sweet
Peanut buttery
Nutritious
Super healthy
& Mega delicious

This would make the perfect breakfast or snack for days when you don’t have much time or it’s too hot to cook.

If you’re into smoothies, be sure to check out my Go-To Smoothie Bowl, Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl, Super Green Smoothie Bowl, 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie, Carrot Turmeric Ginger Smoothie, and PB & J Date Smoothie!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot of an overflowing Peanut Butter & Jelly Acai Bowl with fresh fruit, coconut, and nut butter

Peanut Butter & Jelly Açaí Bowls

Creamy, nutritious açaí bowls with banana, peanut butter, coconut milk, and spinach! A 4-ingredient healthy breakfast or snack that tastes like a milkshake!
Author Minimalist Baker
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PBJ Açaí Bowl topped with sliced banana, berries, coconut, and nut butter
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 (bowls)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 2 Weeks
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

ACAI BOWL

  • 2 packets frozen unsweetened acai (organic when possible // I used Sambazon unsweetened)
  • 1 1/2 medium ripe bananas (previously sliced and frozen)
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter powder (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, almond, rice or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup spinach (organic when possible // I buy mine washed + freeze it) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup mixed berries (optional // for color)

TOPPINGS optional

  • 1/2 medium banana, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds/hemp seeds

Instructions

  • Add frozen acai, frozen banana, peanut butter powder (or butter), and the lesser amount of dairy-free milk (1/4 cup as original recipe is written) to a high-speed blender. If adding spinach, add at this time. I only added berries for purple color and recommend leaving them out for best flavor.
  • Blend on low, using a wand to push the fruit down. Smoothie bowls will be thick, so it takes them longer to blend. Continue blending, scraping down sides as needed, adding only as much dairy-free milk as it takes to help it form a thick smoothie texture.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more peanut butter powder (or butter) for peanut butter flavor, banana for sweetness, or berries for fruity flavor. The flavor should resemble a peanut butter banana smoothie, as the açaí is quite subtle in flavor and slightly tart.
  • Divide between two serving bowls and garnish with desired toppings. I went with coconut, berries, banana, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and peanut butter.
  • Enjoy immediately - best when fresh! Freeze leftovers up to 2 weeks. Thaw to enjoy.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without toppings.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 bowl Calories: 229 Carbohydrates: 44.5 g Protein: 9.6 g Fat: 4.5 g Saturated Fat: 0.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 180 mg Fiber: 6.5 g Sugar: 24.5 g

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  1. Emily says

    This was really good! I didn’t use the frozen berries and I added some extra peanut butter to the smoothie (in addition to the peanut butter powder) for extra peanut butter flavor. I couldn’t taste the spinach at all and the texture was super creamy.

  2. Kate says

    There is no acai packs were we live, is there another way to get it? Or an possible similar subs? I know it won’t be the same 🙁

  3. Ro says

    This is a super easy and just great recipe. I made 1 serving only because I do breakfast solo. It’s a big portion and super yummy, nutritious, filling, and refreshing which is important after a long and hot run (please don’t hate me, I live in Hawaii).

    I also subbed berries, which are optional in any case, with mango, pineapple, and even oranges. I never know what I am doing, but this recipe gave me a room for interpretation and I loved it. Sometimes I skip the peanut butter for a more berry-licious taste for my hubby.

    Thank you and so glad I stumbled upon your site! Has everything I love.

  4. Macaela says

    This is an amazing breakfast recipe for those wanting to get their peanut butter & jelly fix! I made mine with spinach, added ground flax, & used freshly ground peanuts, omitting fresh berries from blender mix and although the color wasn’t the most appealing, the flavor certainly was! I topped mine with unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, peanut butter, and sliced strawberries. YUM!!!

  5. Ttrockwood says

    For readers near a Trader Joe’s they now sell frozen organic unsweetened acai! Four packets for under $5. I make a similar combo but using frozen mango since i hate bananas and regular peanut butter

  6. Grant// skywatersystems.com says

    I love sambazon. I learned to love acai on a trip to brazil and I searched High and low for the right stuff when I got back to the states. Sambazon is by far the best. They also have a super tasty energy drink. Good stuff!

  7. Brynn says

    Yum! The idea of a PB&J combined with an acai bowl is so cool! Pure genius, if you ask me. I bet granola would be a delicious topping. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    Peanut butter and jelly has to be my favorite combination in the world–besides chocolate with anything, of course! Anyhow, I most certainly always love making acai bowls in the summer. Sometimes (or almost all the time) I drizzle peanut butter on top for some extra richness. Delicious!

  9. Becca says

    Im in the UK and for some reason we have very limited access to acai, the best I can get is acai berry powder :( will have to give this one a miss. Shame, it looks so yummy!

      • Becca says

        Oh my your right! I left out the frozen part and google was just giving me links to the acai powder and capsules. Thank you so much Linda! I’m going to order some in now. Hope you enjoy your acai bowl goodness :)

  10. Emma says

    Hi Dana, just wanted to say that you are by far my favourite recipe blog that I have come across. I went vegetarian a few months ago and hope to go vegan eventually and your blog and book have been complete life savers, I haven’t tried a recipe that I haven’t loved. Thank you!

    Also, I was wondering in which section of the grocery store you can find frozen acai as I have never come across it before. Hopefully I can find some and try this out!! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much, Emma!

      The açaí is usually near the frozen fruit! Of course, you can ask someone for help as well.

  11. Lisa says

    Yay this looks scrumptious! Anything pb&j related combined with vitamins and nutrients is a must-try! Thanks for coming up with this and sharing:) can’t wait to try!

  12. Jesi says

    This is awesome and delicious . I’m so happy I found a recipe finally that I like for a peanutbutter smoothie!

  13. Michelle says

    Dana,
    I made something very similar this morning after a long run. I love Sambazon! Next time you are traveling check out Vitality Bowls they make the best acai bowls – I’m determined to try all of them on their menu this summer!