We can't wait to give this rainbow-hued recipe a whirl.

Karla Walsh
July 30, 2020
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Celebs, they're just like us! Fighting with their blenders, trying to sneak nutrition into their picky eater kiddos...Jessica Alba shares all that and more—oh yes, and a delicious-looking açai bowl recipe—in one of her most recent YouTube videos with pal Lizzy Mathis. (It's a follow-up to their first "cooking show" all about avocado toast three ways, which we're also jazzed to try ASAP.)

"Both of us have never tried an açai bowl at home," Alba admits early on in the cooking video. "I eat them on the reg, but I like to support my local businesses that are very good at making them. It's about time I learned how to make an açai bowl."

For the uninitiated, açai are antioxidant-rich dark purple berries grown in Central and South America that are most often ground into a paste and offered in frozen form. Think of these bowls as a smoothie bowl's anthocyanin-packed cousin.

Lizzy Mathis, founder of The Cool Mom Co., dubs herself the "Queen of Quick and Tasty Meals," so she and Alba are a natural duo in the kitchen. As they blend and build the bowls, the pair share helpful hints (not to mention a swoon-worthy kitchen that we love peeking into), such as:

  • Find the açai packs at Whole Foods Market or your local supermarket
  • If you have berries that are almost past their prime, pop them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag to use in açai bowls and smoothie recipes later
  • To make this fun for kids, blend up the açai base then set out a toppings bar so they can create their own masterpiece

Alba and Mathis walk through every step of their process, which we've translated below. Feel free to customize with your favorite frozen fruit, milk or non-dairy milk substitute and whatever toppings (any nuts, seeds and seasonal fruits work well) you enjoy or have around. Keep in mind that the base as-is is packed with antioxidants and fairly low in calories, so it's best to be mindful with the toppings if you want to keep this açai bowl as a healthy meal. Chances are, whatever you choose, you'll be better off going DIY vs. buy on the nutrition front.

Jessica Alba's Açai Bowl Recipe

YouTube / Jessica Alba

Yield: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 Sambazon Frozen Açai Pack ($4.99 for 4, kroger.com)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (Alba used blueberries and strawberries)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ red apple (like Braeburn), cored and finely diced
  • ½ green apple (like Granny Smith), cored and finely diced
  • 4 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 8 blackberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 tablespoon chia and flax seed blend (Alba used as Garden of Life Super Omega-3 Flax and Chia Blend; $8.33 for 12 ounces, Amazon)

Directions

  1. In a blender, add açai pack, berries and almond milk.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl.
  4. Top açai mixture in bowl with fruit, nuts, granola and seeds as desired.

Watch the complete cooking show video on YouTube and you, too, will be an açai pro like Alba in now time. Seeking a shortcut? Trader Joe's now sells fairly low-sugar, ready-to-assemble açai bowls in the freezer section (ditto for these Sambazon's ready-to-eat bowls). And if you're on an açai kick and are in need of a protein boost, don't miss our Açai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl recipe.