Chocolate Banana Açaí Bowls

Rich and creamy chocolate açaí bowls are a nutritious breakfast that tastes like dessert. Get your superfood fix and satisfy your sweet tooth all in one bowl!

Oh, hello Monday! Where the f/stop did you come from?

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowls with Chia Seeds - a healthy breakfast full of antioxidants and vitamins! | #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

I’ve been tinkering around with this new thing called insomnia.

Have you dabbled?

I can’t say I mind the lack of sleep all that much, given all the badass things that tend to occur at 2am.

Okay, I should clarify: By “Insomnia,” I really mean “Self-inflicted coffee drinking at 3:33pm and dark chocolate bar-eating at 9:28pm, because: delicious, and antioxidants (respectively), and then mysteriously find myself still wide awake at the devil’s hour doing real badass things like…

  • Writing deep, nonsensical poetry about my 2am feelings
  • Baking grain-free muffins,
  • Sliding around the hardwood floors in my fuzzy socks,
  • Dance partaaaaay!,
  • Binge watching The League on Netflix,
  • Binge watching music videos on the YouTubes,
  • Researching tattoos and piercings on Pinterest,
  • Psyching myself up to book an appointment the very next available business hour to get a dream catcher tattooed down the whole length of my side (ironic, considering I’m in no dream-like state at this juncture), and my septum pierced, because 2am me is such a bigger badass than 7:30am me. Or 2pm or 6:30pm me for that matter.
  • Squats,
  • Window shopping the internet,
  • Real shopping the Etsy,
  • and
  • Finally pressing the GO button on this photography workshop in Iceland after months of debate while simultaneously fantasizing about all the Walter Mitty-like things I’m going to do while I’m beebopping around the country, because haven’t you seen the movie? Iceland is a total badass.

I’m so glad you can relate. Our insomnia selves could totally hang. You’re so wild and crazy at 2am. You’re so attracted to yourself right now. You’re a real rebel, you dishevel-headed daredevil, you.

Making plans like a boss. Buying things your stone-cold 1pm self would have no business purchasing. No regrets, we’ll deal with that later. Let the 2am you reign. Basically, you’re a freaking superhero.

It’s okay that 5:30am is going to hurt like a cardboard papercut. Because 2am you is SAVAGE. Insomnia ROCKS.

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowls with Chia Seeds - a healthy breakfast full of antioxidants and vitamins! | #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

Okay, real life: Once we climb off our insomniatic superhero cloud and are launched into the lack-of-sleep 7am doldrums, what kind of breakfast could we possibly eat? I mean, one with C H O C O L A T E in it, for starters!

This açaí bowl fools you into thinking you’re doing something uber naughty for your body, when, in fact, you’re doing something nice. Real nice. Because: vitamins, fiber, antioxidants. In case you’re unfamiliar with açaí bowls, they’re basically a super thick smoothie made with the superfruit, açaí berry. They are eaten out of a bowl with a variety of toppings, like granola, nuts, fresh fruit, etc. In summary: we like them because they’re super nutritious and also super delish for your head trap.

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowls with Chia Seeds - a healthy breakfast full of antioxidants and vitamins! | #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

I’ve made this bowl a half a dozen times, and love the rich chocolate-berry-banana-cinnamon flavor. It’s so creamy and tastes decadent but is just so healthful and packed with nutrients. This recipe makes two açaí bowls, but you can easily double the recipe to serve more people. Or halve it in order to just feed your onesie.
Don’t let the 7am you talk yourself out of this. Eat like a badass.

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowls with Chia Seeds - a healthy breakfast full of antioxidants and vitamins! | #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

Chocolate Banana Açaí Bowls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 acai bowls
Author: Julia



  1. Add all of the ingredients for the acai bowls to a high-powered blender. Blend until thick and smooth - you may need to start and stop the blender to stir several times, and/or add slightly more liquid.
  2. Pour the acai smoothie into two separate bowls. Serve with chia seeds, coconut milk, sliced banana, and shaved dark chocolate.

Recipe Notes

*I use Sambazon acai smoothie packs, which you can get at most natural food stores
**You can also use unsweetened cocoa powder

More smoothie bowls for your enjoyment:

Cherry Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Cherry Coconut Smoothie Bowls with peaches, blueberries, and granola - a healthy vegan and paleo-friendly breakfast | #brunch #healthy #recipe

Strawberry Kiwi Acai Bowls

Strawberry Kiwi Açaí Bowls - packed with vitamins and antioxidants | #breakfast #healthy #recipe #paleo

Apple Walnut Acai Bowls

Easy Fruit and Nut Açaí Bowls


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  1. marcie

    I’ve had insomnia…sometimes because recipes are floating through my head for the next day. Seriously! Food induced insomnia is a thing. 🙂 I’d have it thinking about these acai bowls too — this chocolate banana combination in a smoothie bowl sounds amazing!

  2. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    Bouts of insomnia are the worst! I am having a sleep study done next week because i think I might have sleep apnea and I’m terrified that I won’t be able to sleep when I’m in a weird room hooked up to a bunch of machines. UGH #sleepproblems!

    The nice thing about this acai bowl is that it can help make up for a poor night’s sleep! (well…sort of) Looks amazing dear!

  3. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    Though I do not have self-induced insomnia and rarely stay up that late, on the nights when I do I go into it thinking “ok Erin, stay awake and be super productive. Just like bust out 3 posts and schedule all your social for the week.” But it always ends up being more of a combination of Pinterest-ing and binge watching whatever show happens to be on the background (i.e. House Hunters, always). … I have a problem.

    On another note, I have heard Iceland is the place to go these days. You’re going to have so much fun!

  4. Heather@TheSoulfulSpoon

    I love this recipe! And PS- I quit calling it insomnia after 6 months of regular 3 a.m. turn-ins too. I just sleep later and actually get more work done this way. It’s a new found love in my book! (I drink coffee late in the day too … kind of mellows me out;) Love me some acai and cacao too … lovely bowl here!

  5. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Okay first, insomnia sucks balls. I try to avoid caffeine pretty much all day long because I’m naturally high anxiety. Me all jacked up is not a pretty thing. However, I’ve found that taking the time to write down (literally hour for hour) my schedule and to-do list for the next day really helps. Then I just tell myself, Scarlett O’Hara style, tomorrow is another day and I’ll worry about it then. Or whatever the f she says.

    Second, I just got done stalking the Iceland workshop and I WANT TO GO WITH YOU SO BAD. Hot springs?! Waterfall picnics?!! I just stopped breathing.

    And third, the only thing that could possibly get me out of bed after only 3 hours of sleep is this amazing bowl of chocolately goodness. I want to lay my entire face inside of it and inhale as big as I can. Mmm…

  6. Ashley

    haha oh gosh – insomnia = totally not fun. I had one of those nights recently getting myself worked up about a stupid doctor apt that was nothing (can you say hypochondriac??).

    But these bowls! And chocolate for breakfast is always always a very good thing!

  7. Jennie @onesweetmess

    Iceland? Girl, you are as badass as they get. I’m totally jealous. I’m sorry to hear about your insomnia, but it sounds like you’re gettin’ shit done. This bowl is totally happening for breakfast tomorrow. Because: chocolate in the morning, duh!

  8. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Insomnia really sucks!! Few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep because I had severe lower back pain in the middle of the night. I slept about 3 hours a day. Next day I was so tired!!!! But now I am feeling much better.

    Ju, this açaí bowl looks as good as the ones I had in Brazil. This is such a hit in Brazil and I used to have it every weekend on the beach. Your recipe brought me good memories. Thanks for sharing it 😉

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    Last time, faiklure management the boat almost cost both folks lives.
    There aren’t an lights hanging from the cave ceiling or outer walls.
    I have been here four times and have got another trip planned forr November
    of 2011.

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