This Nutella acai bowl is so chocolatey, creamy, and divine that you’ll stop buying acai bowls. With just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes; step-by-step instructions and photos included!

Vegan Nutella acai bowl with banana and granola, with cacao nibs and melted Nutella in smaller bowls.

In this post you’ll learn:

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • 🥣 Done in 5 minutes, perfect for busy days.
  • 🌱 Vegan-friendly but can also be made with regular cow’s milk.
  • 👩‍🍳 Easy-peasy, making cooking less intimidating and more enjoyable.
  • 📸 Instagram-worthy presentation tips to make your acai bowl Nutella even more appetizing.
  • 💪 Packed with nutritious ingredients.
  • 🍫 Nutella twist adds a decadent touch.
Two hands holding a pink bowl of Nutella acai smoothie bowl with a white marbled background.

Ingredients

  • Banana: Use frozen bananas since that’s really what makes acai bowl so creamy! Use spotty ones for a naturally sweet Nutella acai bowl.
  • Frozen Acai Puree: Packed with antioxidants and a unique berry flavor, it provides a vibrant purple color and a refreshing taste.
    • Substitutable with frozen mixed berries + acai powder. And if you still can’t find acai, this Banana Nutella Smoothie Bowl is a great alternative! Just serve them in a bowl instead of a glass 😉
  • Plant-based Milk: I used oat milk but any kind of milk will do! From soy milk to almond milk, even regular milk if you’re not eating plant-based.
  • Nutella: Adds a luscious chocolate-hazelnut flavor, making your acai bowl with Nutella irresistibly decadent.
Frozen acai puree, Nutella, plant-based milk, and banana in small white bowls with labels.

Is Acai Really a Superfood?

One important thing about superfood is that there is no legal or standard definition of superfood, although Medical News Today defined superfoods as “foods that have a very high nutritional density” when compared to the calories they contain.

Since acai has many health benefits such as containing more antioxidants than other common berries, improving brain function, heart health, and having anti-cancer properties as explained in this other article by Medical News Today, no wonder why they are often called superfoods.

Are Acai Bowls Healthy?

Acai bowls can be a healthy option when made with wholesome ingredients like fruit, nuts, and seeds, providing fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, some commercially prepared or store-bought acai bowls may contain added sugars or high-calorie and highly processed toppings, so it’s crucial to choose wisely and enjoy them in moderation.

For this Nutella acai bowl recipe, opt for this Homemade Vegan Nutella which does not use any refined sugar and uses dates instead as a natural sweetener!

Close-up of acai bowl with Nutella drizzled down as toppings, topped with banana, granola, and chopped chocolate.

Are Acai Bowls Healthier Than Ice Cream?

Compared to ice cream, acai bowls typically offer more nutritional benefits due to their higher fiber and antioxidant content. However, both can be high in sugar and calories. Always double-check the ingredients and to be on the safer side, just make your acai bowls at home with this Nutella chocolate acai bowl, or this ‘plain vanilla’ Vegan Acai Breakfast Bowl!

Step-by-step Instructions

Add: In a high-powered blender, combine frozen banana slices, acai puree (or frozen berries + acai powder), and milk until smooth.

Break Apart: If the banana slices clump together, let them sit for 15 minutes, then separate by hand or with a knife.

Blend: Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth, pausing and stirring as needed.

Adjust: If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, for smoother blending.

Garnish: Transfer to a bowl, drizzle Nutella down a spoon for garnish. Or you can also blend Nutella in the blender.

Top and Serve: Add desired toppings. Serve your acai bowl Nutella immediately within 15 minutes!

How many calories are in a Nutella acai bowl?

The calorie count in a Nutella Acai Bowl can vary depending on portion size and toppings, but typically ranges from 400 to 500 calories per serving.

A disclaimer is that I personally am not a fan of calorie counting since a healthy diet is so much more than the calories, as explained in this article published in Harvard Healthy Publishing, titled “Stop counting calories”.

Top Tips

Slice and Freeze Bananas: Slice bananas before freezing for easier blending.

Ripe Bananas: Select bananas with lots of dark spots for natural sweetness.

Acai Options: If you can’t find frozen acai puree packs, sub with acai powder + frozen mixed berries. When using the latter, it will be more sour—consider adding liquid sweetener to balance.

Liquid and Blender: More liquid facilitates easier blending. Without a high-powered blender, extra liquid may be needed. Just be careful not to add too much so you still get that thick and creamy consistency.

Nutella Topping: If you find it hard to drizzle the Nutella, microwave it for 10-15 seconds until runny.

A bowl of acai Nutella bowl with sunflower seeds, banana, and cacao nibs.

Toppings Suggestions

I used banana, Nutella, cacao nibs, and granola as toppings but here are some more tasty options.

  • Berries: Both fresh and dried.
  • Peanut Butter: Adds richness, healthy fat, and protein.
  • Chopped Dark Chocolate: Use a chocolate bar of chocolate chips.
  • Coconut flakes: For a tropical twist
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Yogurt or Vegan Quark

Storage, Meal Prep, and Freezing Instructions

Storage: Consume within 15 minutes to maintain its creamy consistency.

If you do have leftovers, store in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It will be more liquidy and the color may darken slightly to a brownish hue, but this acai bowl with Nutella is still safe to eat.

Meal prep: Prepare smoothie packs ahead of time for faster morning preparation. Combine all the frozen fruits required for one serving in a Ziploc bag. In the morning, simply empty the pack into the blender, blend, and you’re done!

Freezing: Do NOT freeze this Nutella chocolate acai bowl. For longer storage, see the meal prep notes above.

A spoonful of acai bowl with Nutella and granola plus cocoa nibs.

FAQ

Why Do Acai Bowls Taste So Good?

The natural sweetness of ripe bananas complements the slightly tangy flavor of acai, while the various toppings add indulgent richness and crunch. This combination of flavors and textures creates a satisfying bowl that keeps you coming back for more!

Why are acai bowls so expensive?

Acai bowls are often pricey due to the cost of importing acai berries, which are native to Central and South America, as well as the labor-intensive process of harvesting and processing them.

Why is acai always frozen?

Acai berries are highly perishable and start to degrade rapidly after harvesting. Freezing them helps preserve their nutrients and freshness, allowing them to be transported and stored for longer periods.

A bowl of Nutella acai bowl, topped with banana, sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs, with a spoon peeking on the bottom right.

Looking for More Breakfast / Brunch Recipes?

Try my 5-Minute Flax Seed Pudding (3 Variations) for another creamy and nutrition-packed breakfast, which also went viral on YouTube!

Or check out my Biscoff Overnight Oats, Oreo Overnight Oats, or this Frozen Berries Overnight Oats which are all done in under 5 minutes!

I also love having Baked Oats for breakfast since they’re so indulgent but are still healthy! Try this Baked Oats Without Banana (5 Variations) or this Chocolate Chip Baked Oats.

Or How About More Nutella Recipes?

I got you! First of all, try DIY-ing your Vegan Nutella to keep it sugar-free and healthier. Or try one of these!

5-Minute Nutella Acai Bowl (Chocolate Acai Bowl, Vegan)

Nutella acai bowl with banana and cacao nibs, taken from above.
This Nutella acai bowl is so chocolatey, creamy, and divine that you'll stop buying acai bowls. With just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes!
Jem @ The Fruity Jem
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 banana sliced and frozen
  • 1 package frozen acai puree (100 grams, 7 oz), OR sub with 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (105 grams) + 2 Tablespoons acai powder
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk (180 ml) I used oat milk but any will do!
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutella either homemade or store-bought

Instructions

  • Into a high-powered blender, add the banana, acai puree (or frozen berries + acai powder), and the milk.
    If the banana slices stick together to form a big lump, let them sit on the counter for about 15 minutes until you can break them apart either by hand or using a butter knife.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth and there are no more chunks.
    Two tips:
    – You might need to pause in between, stir/shake, then re-blend especially if your blender doesn't come with a tamper.
    – If they aren't blending well, you can add up to 1/4 cup of more milk, adding it 1 Tablespoon at a time.
  • Transfer into a bowl. Now use a spoon and let the Nutella drizzle down the spoon to garnish. You can also just mix the Nutella altogether in the blender.
  • Add other toppings if using, and serve this Nutella chocolate acai bowl immediately within 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

Top Tips
  • Slice and Freeze Bananas: Slice bananas before freezing for easier blending.
  • Ripe Bananas: Select bananas with lots of dark spots for natural sweetness.
  • Acai Options: If you can’t find frozen acai puree packs, sub with acai powder + frozen mixed berries. When using the latter, it will be more sour—consider adding liquid sweetener to balance.
  • Liquid and Blender: More liquid facilitates easier blending. Without a high-powered blender, extra liquid may be needed. Just be careful not to add too much so you still get that thick and creamy consistency.
  • Nutella Topping: If you find it hard to drizzle the Nutella, microwave it for 10-15 seconds until runny.
Storage Instructions
  • Check the post above for storage, meal prep, and freezing instructions.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Didn’t know that making acai bowl is this easy, thank you!😋

  2. 5 stars
    The Nutella adds a nice touch, it’s a great variation for an acai bowl. Curious to try your homemade Nutella next!