In all of the pumpkin and fall-themed items in the freezer section quietly sits a much-welcomed option. One that doesn't have a ton of added sugar to it. Yes, they are hopping on the train of trendiness with Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl.
In New York City an Acai Bowl from a trendy place can set you back anywhere from $7-$12. So if these bowls are your jam, then this is a good value for $3.99. But don't kid yourself, you are making certain concessions when it comes from a frozen aisle.
Premium smoothie or acai bowls contain fresh fruit. If anything, perhaps the acai was previously frozen. But here, there is a delicate balancing act that is taking place here.
First off, if you go digging for the bananas, you'll have a hard time finding them. But they have been carefully hidden. They've been mixed into the acai to cut some of the tart nature of that fruit. Now, if you don't like bananas, then this might be a deal-breaker.
However, other than the strawberries getting a touch mushy in the way that frozen strawberries do, this was a yummy bowl.
It was a touch tart but tasted very fresh. The sweetness comes from the fruit with only a touch of added syrup. I defrosted mine overnight but it still needed a quick 20-second zap in the microwave to get everything in the bowl to move around. But all the flavors and textures worked together really well for a frozen bowl.
And yes, I just complained about the mushy strawberries, but the granola and coconut chips made up for any lack in texture.
Most importantly, this is probably one of the healthier items I've tried in a while which I'm happy to see and hope to see more of in the future.
But for those of you who read this is a good value as my starting point, you can still make this cheaper at home. You can still buy Trader Joe's Acai packets for 4 for $4.49 and make your own. But if you are like me and love hitting snooze a few too many times in the morning, this is a good option to keep around.
Best of all, it wasn't noted on my receipt as being seasonal. So hopefully we will keep this one around for a bit longer. If we are really lucky, maybe we can get some other flavors as well.
Would I repurchase this? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl again.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl is a new frozen grab and go breakfast.
Trader Joe's Organic Acai Bowl is new and frozen
- Tasty bowl
- Cheaper than ordering out
- One of the better breakfast options on store shelves.
- Strawberries were a bit mushy, but that is to be expected from a frozen item