I am totally in love with acai bowls these days. They are so tasty, refreshing always give me lots of energy. As you can imagine, though, easting them regularly is not a cheap habit. An acai bowl at my local juice bar costs at the very least $8-10, which is quite expensive for a small breakfast or a snack. This year, one of my goals is to be smart with my money (I don’t work this hard at being a lawyer just to burn it all away, ya know??). With that in mind, I’ve started making acai bowls at home, so that I can enjoy the treat without all of the unnecessary cost. As it turns out, they are actually really simple to make and totally adaptable – you can use whatever smoothie ingredients and toppings you have on hand, and change it up with a number of flavour combinations. The only thing you really need is the acai and some other frozen fruit.
If you can’t find frozen acai puree at your local health food store, I suggest ordering some freeze-dried powder online instead. It also isn’t cheap, but a little goes a long way and a small amount will last you a long time. My favourite brand for stuff like this is Sunfood Superfoods because they’re high quality, and their products are all raw, vegan, organic and Non-GMO. They’ve been generous enough to offer my readers a discount if you use the code A6NO6GME at checkout. Give their acai powder a try and let me know what you think.
- 1 package frozen acai puree
- 2-3 frozen bananas
- 1-2 cups frozen berries
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Optional: 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
- Toppings (all optional):
- Sliced fresh fruit
- Unsweetened coconut shreds
- Goji berries
- Cacao nibs
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- Buckwheat groats
- Rinse the frozen acai package under warm water for about 1 minute, then break apart into smaller pieces while still inside the plastic
- Place all the smoothie ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and combine until smooth (if your blender is not very strong, try chopping your frozen bananas and acai into smaller pieces so that you don't overload the motor when blending).
- Place your smoothie in a bowl, and top with ingredients of choice. I like adding at least fresh fruit, coconut shreds and something crunchy such as cacao nibs, granola or raw buckwheat groats.
I hope you liked this recipe. If there are other things that you’d like to see, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below!