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Copycat Juice Generation Acai Smoothie Bowls

Acai Bowl

When I visited my younger sister a few weeks ago in New York City, she insisted on taking me to a healthy fast-food place called Juice Generation for their famous acai smoothie bowls she claimed were “the best things ever!”

I found this proclamation to be really funny, and if you knew my sister you would immediately understand why. Although Michelle is a very healthy individual, she’s not exactly the vegan, yoga-loving, kale-obsessed, health-food-touting type.

No, not exactly.

Juice Generation

We arrived at Juice Generation to find a line out the door, mostly young girls in workout clothes who were buzzing energetically about their morning SoulCycle class or 6-mile run through Central Park.

By osmosis, I suddenly felt very fit… even though my only exercise for the day had been walking the single block from Michelle’s apartment to the store.

Copycat Acai Bowls

I did enjoy my authentic Juice Generation acai bowl… But at over $9 for one bowl, it’s just as easy (and much cheaper!) to make your own.

Acai Smoothie Bowls

(Serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk or more milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch salt (to bring out the sweetness)
  • 1 overripe frozen banana OR 3/4 cup Thai coconut meat
  • 1 tbsp acai powder (found at Whole Foods or online)
  • sweetener of choice, as desired

To make: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite granola, shredded coconut, and/or fresh berries. **Note: The acai bowls will be much richer if you opt for the canned coconut milk, but lower in fat and calories if you use 1 cup milk of choice (such as almond milk), so choose whichever option best fits your dietary needs. Feel free to double or triple the recipe for multiple servings.

Click for: Acai Smoothie Bowls Calories & Nutrition Information

Flavor Variations:

Peanut Butter Acai Smoothie Bowl: Add 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter (or allergy-friendly alternative) to the ingredients before blending. Top with granola, sliced fruit, and more pb.
Hawaiian Acai Smoothie Bowl: Replace 1/2 of the banana with 2/3 cup frozen pineapple tidbits. Top with granola, fruit, and shredded coconut.
Green Power Acai Smoothie Bowl: Add loosely-packed 1/4 cup greens of choice, pre-blending.
Chocoholic Acai Smoothie Bowl: They do not offer this flavor at Juice Generation… but obviously I think they should! Add 1 tbsp cocoa powder before blending, and top with chocolate chips (or melted chocolate).

Acai Bowl   Juice Generation

Question of the Day:

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Or do you prefer to drink your smoothies in a glass with a straw? Although I do like smoothies in a glass, I will often eat them in a bowl if I want to add toppings. This way I’m not struggling to drink berries, chocolate chips, or nuts through a straw, and smoothie bowls can be a really refreshing snack, especially in the summertime. Link of the Day:

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Published on May 28, 2014

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  1. EVELYN PARSONS says

    Hi Katie, I love your blog. Being diabetic I have to be careful of what I eat because of the sugar content. I’ve read the ‘Nutrition Information’ and notice the sugar content is high on some of the recipes. I try not to eat anything with more than 2 grams of sugar. If I substituted unsweetened almond milk for all the milk in the recipe, what would the sugar percentage in the recipe be? Are your recipes diabetic friendly even though the sugar content is high? Hope you can help. Thanks.

    • Michelle says

      I’m certainly not an expert or anything, but I thought I’d try to help you out. The nutrition info for this recipe is already calculated using unsweetened almond milk. The sugar is from the banana, so if you used the coconut meat option instead it MIGHT have less sugar. Also, have you looked at Katie’s recipes that are tagged sugar free? While most of them aren’t actually completely sugar free (such as this recipe), you’ll likely have some luck finding recipes that are lower in sugar. https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/tag/sugar-free/ Hope that helps 🙂

  2. Joan says

    I like my smoothies in a pint size mason jar with a spoon! I have been making this with rice milk, a teaspoon of acai powder and a 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, and a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter instead of canned. It is so good! Thank you for this recipe!

  3. shaina seidner says

    i’ve been making my own smoothie bowls for breakfast for years and love them. it takes less than 3 minutes to make one for my husband and i. I do it a bit different though

    1 banana
    handfull of almonds
    scoop of blueberries
    chia seeds/flax seeds
    a few chocolate chips

    so easy with ingredients that i always have around. and adding pb or coconut makes it extra fun!! looooveeee

  4. Raquel says

    That’s a very interesting recipe. I’m curious to find out how it tastes. I live in Brazil and the acai bowl is very different here. The basic acai bowl is just the frozen acai pulp mixed with Guarana syrup. it’s pure acai yet healthy and low sugar. Sometimes we add milk powder and granola or banana as toppings. But I will definitely try this one.

  5. Efi says

    Thanks for the recipe. I don’t understand why should I use 2 types of milk (1 cup in total)

    (You wrote 1/2 cup milk of choice
    1/2 cup canned coconut milk or more milk of choice)

    • Julie Dove says

      You can use all coconut milk if you want to use just one type. Coconut milk is thicker and makes for a richer smoothie, so you should use at least some coconut milk for best results.

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