Get Ready to Scream for Açai Ice Cream!

Ice Cream sounds particularly fantastic on a hot summer day! This Açai Ice Cream is refreshing, simple, and delicious. Best of all, Açai Ice Cream is packed with nutrients that support healthy aging!

Fingers holding an Acai Ice Cream Cone with trees in the background
Açai Ice Cream Cone

What is Açai?

Pronounced “Ah-sah-ee”, you can find this deep colored purple berry in the palm Açai trees in South and Central America. The Açai has more Antioxidants than any other berry!

Açai is harvested in large bunches and looks similar to grapes. A large pit must be removed from the Açai berry before eating it. Soaking the berry to soften the flesh and skin makes it easier to remove the pit.

Health Benefits of Açai

As discussed in a previous blog post, Antioxidants protect our cells from inflammation, and are part of the Mediterranean Diet.

Inflammation can be linked to a variety of chronic conditions. These include Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Dementia.

Including foods rich in Antioxidants can reduce your risk of chronic disease. Açai is definitely showing promise as an Anti-Aging food. More studies on Açai berries are needed.

Where to find Açai?

As mentioned above, the Açai berry has a large pit, and requires soaking to remove the pit.

Given this, in the United States you will mainly find frozen or powdered Açai. I use these frozen fruit packs from Sam’s to make Açai ice cream and smoothie bowls.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate Açai into your diet, check out these ready to eat bowls. These bowls taste amazing and are packed with nutrients including Fiber!

Ingredients

I love this recipe for a number of reasons! One reason is Açai Ice Cream is a great way to cut down on fruit waste.

In my family, one week everyone is eating blueberries. Then the following week, they’ve lost that loving feeling for blueberries. Freezing fruit is a great way to use those neglected fruits in your fridge drawer!

  • Bananas. Peel your bananas, cut them into slices or chunks, and freeze in a freezer bag.
  • Blueberries. Freeze these antioxidant rich berries in a freezer bag for ice cream, smoothies and muffins.
  • Strawberries. Cut the tops off these nutrient dense berries and freeze them in your freezer bag.
  • Almond Milk. This is a dairy free milk option. Use the milk you prefer. You won’t use much!
  • Frozen Açai Packet. I’ve found frozen Açai in most of the grocery stores in my area. Açai is available in powdered form. I definitely prefer the frozen packets for the Açai Ice Cream recipe.

How to Prepare

This is a very simple recipe. To make this recipe, you will need a food processor or heavy duty blender. Simply blend all of your ingredients in your food processor or blender to your desired consistency.

If you blend too long, no problem! You can place the concoction in the freezer to get that ice cream texture.

A smoother consistency makes for a great smoothie bowl too. Top your smoothie bowl with nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast!

Hand holding an Açai Ice Cream Cone

Açai Ice Cream

Blend fresh berries, frozen Açai pulp, and almond milk for this nutrient dense alternative to Ice Cream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 105 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 food processor or heavy duty blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 packet Acai Frozen Pulp  100 gram packs
  • 1 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1.5 Frozen Bananas
  • .25 cup Almond Milk Substitute with milk of choice

Instructions
 

  • Gather ingredients
  • Add all ingredients to food processor or heavy duty blender
  • Blend or pulse until desired consistency is achieved
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Place Açai Ice Cream in the freezer for ~15 minutes if your consistency is too smooth or enjoy a smoothie bowl.
Keyword Acai Ice Cream

Nutrition Information for Açai Ice Cream

Nutrition information per serving: Calories 105, Fat 3.5 grams, Carbohydrates 18 grams, Fiber 5 grams, Protein 1 gram

This recipe is dairy free and gluten free. Top with nuts, seeds, or a nut butter for added Protein!

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