Berry Beet Açaí Breakfast Bowl (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

An easy make-ahead, anti-oxidant packed breakfast bowl featuring three kinds of berries that’s a little sweet, a little tart and totally satisfying.

acai bowl recipe

I’m head over heels for smoothies.  Not only are they delicious but they’re quick, portable and a great way to pack your first meal of the day with all kinds of nutrients, which is also why I’m partial to this  breakfast bowl since it shares all the same qualities.

It’s a bit of a hybrid, with a thick smoothie-like consistency that’s meant to be served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon like cereal, topped with plenty of fresh fruit, coconut flakes and nuts and/or seeds.

ingredients for acai bowl

While beets are probably not the first ingredient you think of for breakfast, given a chance they might just surprise you.  Their sweet earthy taste pairs well with the tartness and acidity of the berries not to mention that the deep garnet root, traditionally valued for its blood and liver cleansing properties, is a good source of folate and betaine.

Chances are you’ve probably heard of açaí (ah-sigh-ee) the berry of an Amazonian palm tree by now.  Native to the rain forests of South America, açaí berries have become quite famously known as a super-food.

acai berry breakfast bowl

The old adage that the more vibrant the color of a fruit or vegetable the higher its nutritional value certainly holds true with this deep purple berry, rich in both anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.  And while you can’t find fresh açaí berries the pulp is available in the frozen section of many grocery stores these days.

All blended together with a couple Brazil nuts for added selenium, chia seeds to keep you full and coconut milk to add creaminess and healthy fat to help you absorb all those vitamins and you have yourself an easy make-ahead breakfast, snack, dessert (or whatever meal you choose) that’s a little sweet, a little tart and utterly refreshing.

Have you ever had açaí?

Serves Serves 1

Berry Beet Acai Breakfast Bowl (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

10 minPrep Time

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    For the bowl:
  • 1 large medjool date , pitted and soaked in warm water until soft
  • ½ cup/120ml coconut milk (either light or regular )
  • 1 Tablespoon/12g chia seeds
  • 1 or 2 brazil nuts
  • 1 small raw beet, peeled and finely chopped (or grated if you don’t have a high speed blender)
  • ½ cup/75g frozen mixed berries (I like a blend of raspberries and blueberries)
  • 1 3.5oz/100g package of %100 frozen acai , run under warm water to thaw slightly
  • For the toppings:
  • 1 Tablespoon/5g unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon/10g hemps seeds
  • Sliced fresh fruit and berries


  1. Start by soaking the medjool date while you prepare peel and chop or grate the beet.
  2. Place the coconut milk , chia seeds brazil nuts and drained soaked date in the blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Add the chopped or grated beet, frozen mixed berries and slightly thawed acai packet. Blend on high, scraping down sides as necessary until thick and smooth.
  4. Serve immediately in shallow bowls with toppings or as a smoothie in a tall glass. Alternatively you can prepare the bowl ahead of time the night before and keep the bowl covered without the topping in the fridge overnight.


Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Paleo

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  1. says

    Gorgeous and delicious healthy breakfast! To me, it would be similar to eating yogurt or porridge in the morning. A nice change of pace for spring instead of the usual eggs or nut and seed granola. Looking forward to trying this recipe right away. Thanks for sharing, Sylvie!

  2. says

    Found this via Pinterest – what a PRETTY recipe!! And it looks super tasty and nutrient packed too – perfect! I’m adding this to my menu plan for next week!

  3. says

    The first time I thought about beets for breakfast, it was a woman who was buying a whole bunch of them. She was telling me how she tricked her kids into eating it by mixing it into pancake batter and making gorgeous pink pancakes. I always wanted to try that out, but never got around to doing it.
    But this looks even better. I think I’m going to put this on my super long list of “to-make” recipes.

  4. says

    I’m very inspired. I just bought a nutri bullet and started making healthy smoothies. I’ll come back here more often to get all your healthy drinks you’ve posted earlier. 🙂 And this sounds not only healthy, but how gorgeous. My morning is brighten by looking at this dish!

  5. Lynette says

    This looks really wonderful! When I entered the recipe into MyFitnessPal, it came up as 1577 calories for one bowl. That’s an awful lot of calories for a breakfast! Does that sound right? If so, then I think this will have to be one of those splurge breakfasts. I had hoped it would be something I could enjoy on a more regular basis. Darn.

  6. Susan says

    So glad to see you posted an açai recipe. I first encountered it in Brazil almost 3 years ago, and fell in love. The bowl I make for our breakfast uses frozen strawberries and mango (or papaya), & vanilla protein powder, and I top it with homemade granola. This one sounds delicious, too, so I’ll have to try it.