Gut-Healing Açai Bowl

Gut-Healing Açai Bowl

Wondering why I started this blog? As a multi-passionate creative, I used to be plagued by the idea that success meant choosing one thing and sticking with it. The problem was choosing just “one thing” left me unable to show up in the world as my most authentic, full self. One day I woke up and decided to finally embrace and share all of my gifts. My next thought: I should start a blog as a space for my passions to play. I never looked back after that moment. 

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I arrived pretty late on the Açai train. I always thought there was some strange magic that needed to happen in order to get that purple goodness into my own bowl at home. Then, I saw that Trader Joe’s (my favorite local market) started carrying frozen Açai packets. So I bought some and never looked back.

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I’ve tested out many, MANY combos, all of which will make their way onto the blog at some point, but for this first one, I wanted to offer my “gut-healing” recipe. If you don’t know already, we need to consume probiotics regularly in our diets in order to ensure a healthy gut (gut health=brain health). Since I’m only a part-time vegan, I enjoy goat yogurt kefir as a great source of healthy probiotics. This creamy kefir is a smoothie superstar, and when I added it to my açai bowl one morning, this happened:

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I regret not rolling out this recipe out in mid-summer when peaches were at the peak of their ripeness. Grab up the peaches that are in stores and farmer’s markets now before the season comes to an end, or simply substitute the peaches for banana slices, it will be just as satisfying. As for the berries, frozen can work as well as fresh if you thaw them first.

 Let’s Get into it! Here’s the recipe:

Servings: 1
Total time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 cup plain kefir
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 packet of frozen açai puree
  • Berries of your choice (Blueberries/strawberries)
  • Seasonal stone fruit (peaches used in this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

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Follow my P.R.I.M.E method for home cooking and read this recipe all the way through, then gather all your ingredients, rinse/slice your stone fruit, rinse your berries, and portion out your chia seeds

1. Run the frozen Açai packet under cold water to thaw it a bit, then cut the packet open and break it up into your blender.

2.  Add the banana and 1/2 cup of plain kefir to your blender with the açai packet and pulse until smooth.

3. Pour the blended Açai mixture into a bowl, use a rubber spatula to get all the goodness off the sides of the blender and into your bowl.

4. Next, arrange your fruit in sweet little rows across your bowl. Leave some space for the chia seeds in between.

5. Add the chia into the reserved space.

6. Eat immediately, and lick the bowl at the end, I won’t judge. 😉

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it with a friend and/or leave a comment below to let me know what you think.



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  1. Adriana Alvarado

    September 26th, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ll give it a go!

  2. D'Ana Joi

    September 27th, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Thehyppomyselfthecat

    September 27th, 2017 at 5:58 am

    It looks delicious! I should definitely check this out as I really need to cleanse my guts due to a candida overgrowth problem. Thanks for the tips!

  4. D'Ana Joi

    September 27th, 2017 at 9:27 am

    This would be a great option!! You could also only blend in half of a banana for less sugar, and use an entire cup of kefir for extra probiotics. 🙂

  5. Naturally Sweebs

    October 3rd, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I love acai bowls, they are simply the best! The taste is so rich and totally replaces ice cream. I totally use it to detoxify my body xx

  6. D'Ana Joi

    October 3rd, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Yes! I love how they can be either sweet or savory. I’ll have more acai recipes coming soon!

  7. Naturally Sweebs

    October 3rd, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Oh so great! I also have one on my blog 🙂 xx

  8. beansandthings27

    October 9th, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I love how you said lick the bowl! I’ve always seen these pictures of these bowls around Pinterest but now that I’ve changed my diet around I will be defieintly trying this out !

  9. D'Ana Joi

    October 9th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Hey Asia,
    Licking the bowl is a key step in this recipe haha!

  10. MalajaDiorTV

    October 9th, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    *Hops out of bed & runs to TraderJoes*
    I will definitely be trying this recipe , it contains all of my favorites strawberries, Peaches , Bananas , and blueberries! The only thing I have never tried is Açaí , but thanks to you I most definitely will be trying it out ASAP !

  11. D'Ana Joi

    October 9th, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, you’re going to love it! Pop back by and let me know what you think. xoxo

  12. Autum Love

    October 9th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    First, off your blog layout is soooo cute!!! I’ve been wanting to try out an acai bowl, luckily there is a trader joes right by me I had no idea they sold those there!!

  13. D'Ana Joi

    October 9th, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks so much!! I recently gave my blog a little makeover and this layout was the perfect fit. 🙂

    Yes! The Açai packets are in the frozen section near the frozen berries. Enjoy!! Xo

  14. Chow Bella Travels

    February 1st, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Oh I’ll definitely be giving this one a try!! Sounds so delicious 😍🙈

  15. D'Ana Joi

    February 2nd, 2018 at 6:32 am

    It really is so yummy and EASY to make. Enjoy!!

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