Recipe: Bourdain’s Unbeatable Açai Bowl

Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain is a Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter

If you have ever watched the CNN TV Show Parts Unknown, you have seen how serious Anthony Bourdain is about Brazilian jiu jitsu. The martial art requires not only a discipline on training but also a nutrition diet. Açai, a native berry from the Amazon, is one of those superfruits that people who practice jiu jitsu consume in order to recover from getting beat up. Not surprisingly, Bourdain has included a recipe using açai in his new cookbook, Appetites: A Cookbook, which looks so damn delicious! Even if you don’t practice Brazilian jiu jitsu, an açai bowl is a solid breakfast option full of benefits. And if it’s good for Anthony Bourdain…

Check out the recipe:


Açai Bowl (serves 2)

    • ½ to ¾ cup açai juice (Sambazon brand preferred)
    • 2 bananas, peeled
    • 7 ounces frozen unsweetened açai puree (Sambazon brand preferred)
    • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
    • ¼ to ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries
    • ½ cup granola, for garnish (optional)
    • ¼ cup cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)


  • Place the açai juice and one of the bananas in the blender’s pitcher, then add the frozen açai puree, blueberries, and strawberries on top so that the blades suck in the frozen items. Pulse as needed to form a smooth sorbet, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula as necessary.
  • Slice the remaining banana.
  • Divide the mixture between two bowls and top each with the garnishes. Serve immediately.

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