Protein Acai Bowl Recipe and a $100 Naked Nutrition Giveaway!

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Thank you Naked Nutrition for sponsoring this post. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to learn how to enter this awesome giveaway!

I am on a major acai kick right now! Acai bowls are nothing new, and they’ve been incredibly popular here in LA for the last 5 years or so. I’ve had them at juice shops around here, but I usually find them to be way too sweet, and I never felt like I was truly eating something that healthy. It wasn’t until recently, per the great recommendation of my friend Kelly, that I started buying frozen acai from Whole Foods and making my own Protein Acai Bowls at home.

Protein-Packed Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

So, you might wondering, what the heck is acai anyway? You can think of it as a cross between a blueberry and a grape, and they grow on skinny palm trees in South America. Acai is so popular to eat because it’s very high in antioxidants (which keep us healthy and prevent illness), while being extremely low in sugar.

Protein-Packed Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

You can find acai packets in the frozen section of your grocery store. Make sure to check the ingredients, though, because some contain added sugar. I really like these organic smoothie pouches from Acai Roots and they contain 0g of sugar.

Protein-Packed Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I love adding Naked Nutrition’s Pea Protein Powder to my acai bowls. Their products are called “naked” for a reason. There are no added colors, sweeteners, or anything artificial in their protein powders. In fact, the only ingredient in the pea protein powder is pea protein.  I add just one tablespoon of it to my acai bowl, and that contains 6-7 grams of pure protein. Because their protein powders are unsweetened (and unflavored), I always mix it with natural sweeteners like frozen bananas and dates.

Protein-Packed Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I’ve been looking for a good non-dairy protein powder for a long time because I can’t digest whey or casein, but most vegan protein powders I’ve tried tasted so earthy. When you blend this Naked Nutrition Pea Protein with the right ingredients in a high-speed blender, you’d barely know it’s there. You guys know I’m all about eating natural, whole foods, and this protein powder fits the bill.

Protein-Packed Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you’re interested in trying a Naked Nutrition product, you can use the code LILCHEF for 10% off your order

Plus, Naked Nutrition is giving away a $100 credit to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite way to use protein powder. I will randomly select one winner on Thursday, June 8th at 5PM ET. Good luck!

 

Protein Acai Bowl Recipe
 
Prep time
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 packet frozen acai
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ⅔ cup frozen banana chunks (about ¾ of a banana)
  • ½ cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon (1/2 scoop) Naked Nutrition Pea Protein
  • Granola and nut butter of your choice for topping
Instructions
  1. Run the frozen acai packet under hot water for 10 seconds. Cut the packet open and break the frozen acai into chunks.
  2. In a high speed blender, combine the acai pieces, almond milk, frozen banana, spinach, frozen blueberries, and protein powder. Blend for 1 minute, scraping down the sides and adding additional almond milk as needed. The consistency should be smooth, like a very thick smoothie.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite granola and nut butter.
 

Protein Acai Bowl with Blueberries and Spinach! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free! Plus, you can make it in under 5 minutes! // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

109 Comments

  • Courtney Henderson
    June 1, 2017 - 7:38 am | Permalink

    I love acai bowls!! What a great giveaway! 💗

  • June 1, 2017 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    I love acai and this recipe looks some yummy! I will give it a try, Amalia

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 7:54 am | Permalink

      Thanks for entering!

  • Maya Maceka
    June 1, 2017 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    Okay, why have I not tried acai bowls yet? I’m always drooling over them. I usually use protein powder in my smoothies but next time I’m making this!! 🙂

  • Janice Glassman
    June 1, 2017 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    This looks fantastic! I’ve never made an Acai bowl, but you’ve inspired me to do so! My favorite way to use protein powder is through baking. I make a “protein cake” and utilize different combinations of fruits and veggies, cocoa powder, nut butters, chia seeds, greek yogurt, protein powder flavors, etc. It’s great because it’s completely customized to your liking and dietary needs! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 8:40 am | Permalink

      That sounds so delicious, Janice!

  • Richie
    June 1, 2017 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Love just adding it to my post-workout shakes. This looks yummy!

  • June 1, 2017 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    I remember the world going nuts about acai bowls! I’m a huge health nut (or rediscovering my love of healthy food), so I think ‘acai bowl’ should be on my list of things to try!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 8:48 am | Permalink

      Yes, yes! Then you should definitely try this!

  • Adrienne Gordon
    June 1, 2017 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    I use it to make smoothies

  • June 1, 2017 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    I actually haven’t tried acai yet, and I feel like I really need to get on this bandwagon! Looks super delicious and healthy!

  • Denise S
    June 1, 2017 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    I haven’t tried these yet, but it sounds really healthy. I’d love to try it!

  • Gabriela Abrishamian-Garcia
    June 1, 2017 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    protein powder + frozen banana + spinach + cocoa powder + coconut flakes on top!!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Yum!!

  • June 1, 2017 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    My favorite way way would definitely be in smoothies! But I’ve also made some Nut milk and Nut butters recently which I’ve added the protein powder too for an extra kick and even flavor boost!! It’s been grand!! Love this giveaway would be thrilled to win!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for entering, Jade!

  • Shannon Baas
    June 1, 2017 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t tried protein powder but would probably use it in a smoothie.

  • Liz Stephenson
    June 1, 2017 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve literally never had an acai bowl. I don’t know what is wrong with me. They are right up my alley. Love protein powder tho… use it almost every day.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 1, 2017 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

      You would love them, I’m sure!

  • June 1, 2017 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I love adding protein powders to smoothies. Heck, I even add them to my flavored greek yogurt sometimes! Next time, I am trying them in Acai bowls!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 6, 2017 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Oh cool! I’ve never tried that.

  • Katie R
    June 1, 2017 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    My favorite way to use protein powder is in smoothies! I especially love using chocolate protein powder to make chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

  • Closet Confections
    June 1, 2017 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I love chocolate protein powders made with almond or coconut milk and a spoonful of peanut or almond butter. So delicious!

  • Kimmy Ripley
    June 2, 2017 - 4:02 am | Permalink

    I like to blend protein powder with a banana!

  • Tari Lawson
    June 2, 2017 - 4:02 am | Permalink

    We use protein powder in smoothies with seasonal fruits.

  • Julie Murphy
    June 2, 2017 - 4:12 am | Permalink

    I like to drink it straight up.

  • Richard Hicks
    June 2, 2017 - 5:23 am | Permalink

    I use it in all of my smoothies.

  • heather s
    June 2, 2017 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    In my morning smoothie

  • Ashley C
    June 2, 2017 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I love protein powder in smoothies!

  • Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog
    June 2, 2017 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    This looks SO good. I love Naked!!

  • Brittney House
    June 2, 2017 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I like mixing them in my protein shakes.

  • June 3, 2017 - 4:30 am | Permalink

    I add it to my smoothies and shakes

  • Dana
    June 3, 2017 - 4:44 am | Permalink

    I put protein powder in my smoothies along with fruit and veggies.

  • laura g
    June 3, 2017 - 6:15 am | Permalink

    I’ve never made an Acai bowl! Looks yummy!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 3, 2017 - 8:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks Laura!

  • Danielle
    June 3, 2017 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    We use protein powder in our breakfast shakes every morning!!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 3, 2017 - 8:24 am | Permalink

      Yum! Thanks for entering!

  • Michelle Coles
    June 3, 2017 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    I usually use Protein in shakes but this Acai Bowl looks tasty and must try it!

  • Angela Berry
    June 3, 2017 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    so many new superfoods pop up everyday. Acai is still the best.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 3, 2017 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

      I agree, I love it!

  • kayla sheehan
    June 3, 2017 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    i love using protein powder, to make protein muffins, in smoothies and in pancakes!

  • Wendy R.
    June 3, 2017 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    To be totally honest, I have never used protein powder. I’m finding out as I get older that I have disorders because my stomach will not absorb vitamins and nutrients the way it should. So, I have had to learn about supplements in order to try to heal myself.

  • jeremy mclaughlin
    June 3, 2017 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Like to add in my workout shakes.

  • fran
    June 3, 2017 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never used protein powders before, but as a vegetarian, I’m always concerned about getting enough protein so this is something I should try.

  • susan smoaks
    June 4, 2017 - 5:35 am | Permalink

    i like to use the protein in my smoothies. yum.

  • jacqueline viera
    June 4, 2017 - 7:45 am | Permalink

    i like protein powder in my smoothies. it’s the only way to fill me up for breakfast to get me through until lunch!

  • elcane desir
    June 4, 2017 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    my favorite way to use protein powders would be by sneaking them into meals that i make throughout the week. I have a hard time being disciplined to make shakes every morning and to add to it I have a hard time following a strict diet. By adding them to my meals I remind myself to portion everything out.

  • Lindsay A.
    June 4, 2017 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    With the warm weather, I’m loving protein ice cream (referred to by some folks as “nice cream”). Two cups chopped frozen bananas, some peanut butter, & one scoop chocolate protein powder. Whiz up in a food processor, & it comes out the perfect soft serve consistency!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 4, 2017 - 11:22 am | Permalink

      Nice cream is delicious!

  • Jordan D.
    June 4, 2017 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    I’ve never tried an acai bowl, but this recipe sounds awesome. I love using protein powder to make protein ice cream (aka super thick protein shakes lol).

  • Thomas Gibson
    June 4, 2017 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I like using protein powder in various smoothies I make. Thanks.

  • Cheryl
    June 5, 2017 - 12:32 am | Permalink

    My favorite way to use protein powder is in an after-workout smoothie.

  • June 5, 2017 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    acai bowls are my favorite!!!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 6, 2017 - 8:57 am | Permalink

      They’re so delicious!!

  • Lisa Voyce
    June 5, 2017 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I like to add it to my smoothies.

  • MichelleS
    June 5, 2017 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I use protein powder in protein bits, as well as waffles/pancakes.

  • Joseph Gersch
    June 6, 2017 - 1:40 am | Permalink

    i like to use it in smoothies

  • Aaron
    June 6, 2017 - 1:57 am | Permalink

    My favorite way to use protein powder is mixed in cereal.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 6, 2017 - 8:57 am | Permalink

      Oh really!? I’ve never tried that. Do you mix it into the milk?

  • Taryn T
    June 6, 2017 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    I am just now learning how to use protein powder. My recipes have been very boring, mostly smoothies! Can’t wait to try some of the ideas on your site. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 6, 2017 - 8:57 am | Permalink

      Thanks for entering, Taryn!

  • AlinaKa
    June 7, 2017 - 6:51 am | Permalink

    Iuse protein powders in fruit smoothies. Yumm

  • Jessica Padilla
    June 7, 2017 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I love to use protein powders in home made cookies.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 7, 2017 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

      I’ve never tried that!

  • Audrey Stewart
    June 7, 2017 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I use it in my smoothies. My mornings are so rushed, no time for cooking. I make it the night before, ad grab it on my way out the door.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 7, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

      It’s such a healthy on-the-go breakfast option!

  • Annamarie V
    June 7, 2017 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I mostly use protein powder to make protein drinks, I like that the pea protein is low in carbs and high in protein since I’m on a low carb diet.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 7, 2017 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it’s perfect for you then!

  • Trisha McKee
    June 7, 2017 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I love to put it in my smoothie bowls! Great start to the day.

  • Laurie Emerson
    June 7, 2017 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I like to put it in my smoothies and on my granola cereal every morning.

  • BRIAN E.
    June 7, 2017 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I like to sprinkle protein powder on my oatmeal & top with fresh fruit for breakfast !

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 7, 2017 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Putting it in oatmeal is a great idea.

  • Shane A
    June 7, 2017 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I use protein powder in my morning smoothie as well as after work-outs.

  • Anne Perry
    June 8, 2017 - 5:08 am | Permalink

    I like to add protein powder to baked goods.

  • Kayla Klontz
    June 8, 2017 - 5:30 am | Permalink

    I like to put protein powder in my smoothies.

  • Stephanie Phelps
    June 8, 2017 - 6:06 am | Permalink

    I love to use protein in a smoothie for a quick and easy meal!

  • Chrissy
    June 8, 2017 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    My favorite way to use protein powder is in smoothies. I know it’s not super original but I love it!

  • Lauren
    June 8, 2017 - 6:53 am | Permalink

    I like to put protein powder in breakfast cookies.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 7:06 am | Permalink

      I still have to try that!

  • Peggy Nunn
    June 8, 2017 - 7:09 am | Permalink

    I always put the protein additive in our morning smoothies. I also add it to food when I can.

  • Helga
    June 8, 2017 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    I like to use protein powder in smoothies.

  • Pam C.
    June 8, 2017 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    I am still old school. I love making protein fruit shakes, so that’s how I love to use my protein powder.

  • latanya
    June 8, 2017 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    I like them in my protein shakes

  • Mechele M Johnson
    June 8, 2017 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    i make a smoothie with a banana, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, a handful of blueberries and coconut milk. Yummy!!!!!!!!!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      That sounds so delicious!

  • Sharon Rooney
    June 8, 2017 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    I use protein powder in my morning breakfast smoothies.

  • Char
    June 8, 2017 - 9:34 am | Permalink

    Wow, I love using protein powder in my morning smoothies. Thank you so much!!

  • cyndi br
    June 8, 2017 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    I put protein powder in my oatmeal in the mornings

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Always yummy!

  • amy guillaume linderman
    June 8, 2017 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    i love it in a smoothie with fresh fruits from my garden: strawberries, rhubarb, and raspberries

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

      That’s so awesome that you use fruit that you grow yourself!

  • angie w
    June 8, 2017 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I like mixing it into my baked oatmeal that I make and freeze to take to work! I also love it in good ol’ smoothies 🙂

  • wen budro
    June 8, 2017 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I like to add protein powder to smoothies and oatmeal. Sometimes, I add it to my baking- like adding it to banana bread.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

      I want to try adding it to my banana bread next time, too!

  • Nancy
    June 8, 2017 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I like to use protein powder in vegetable and fruit smoothies.

  • Shanna
    June 8, 2017 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh yum!! Kale & pineapple smoothie with protein powder

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 8, 2017 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Yum! That sounds tropical!

  • Shakeia Rieux
    June 8, 2017 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I add protein powder to smoothies

  • Shakeia Rieux
    June 8, 2017 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I use protein powder in smoothies

    • Shakeia Rieux
      June 8, 2017 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for posting another comment, the first one didn’t show.

  • Elizabeth Brooks
    June 8, 2017 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    This looks fantastic

  • rachel
    June 8, 2017 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I like to use it in smoothies and bars

  • Margaret S Porter
    June 8, 2017 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I sprinkle protein powder in my coffee and then in my oatmeal and in the smoothies I make at noon

  • Elizabeth Miller
    June 8, 2017 - 6:10 pm | Permalink

    My favorite way to use protein powder is to put it in my morning smoothie.

  • Missy Schutz
    June 8, 2017 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I like to add it in with fruit to smoothies!

  • Kim Reid
    June 8, 2017 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I usually use protein powder in my fruit smoothies, thanks!

  • Margaret Appel
    June 8, 2017 - 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I add protein powder to the chocolate chia seed pudding I make. The chocolate disguises the flavor of the protein powder.

  • Leela
    June 8, 2017 - 9:00 pm | Permalink

    In shakes.

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