Sunday, May 26, 2013

Acai Bowls

This is my new favorite breakfast. And my favorite pre/post work-out snack. And just an all around favorite bowl of goodness to have any time of the day. Acai Bowls. It's sort of a trend that is going around. Especially out in California. My husband and I just celebrated our one year anniversary out in Cali. driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was quite incredible. Santa Barbara was our first stop and also my first taste at an Acai Bowl.

Santa Barbara. Can I please move here? Or at least a second home? :)

Acai Bowls originated in Brazil. which makes sense since that is where this superfruit is grown. The acai berry is the fruit of the acai palm tree from the Amazon of Brazil. It is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Hence, SUPERFRUIT.


To make the Acai Bowls, you need to buy the frozen acai. You can it find in the freezer section of Whole Foods where the other frozen fruit is. The pack I found (above), has the 4 frozen pouches of acai which makes 2 bowls. 


Acai Bowls are most commonly blended with frozen acai fruit and banana, then topped with additional fruit of choice and nuts or granola. For my Acai Bowls here, I also blend in some frozen berries and a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice for additional flavor. The bowls come out in a thick smoothie-like consistency after blending. You can choose to top your bowl with whatever fruit you like and add some chopped nuts, granola, dried fruit, honey or even yogurt. The options are endless.


Hope you enjoy this easy-to-make, refreshing and SUPERFRUIT healthy bowl of goodness :)


ACAI BOWLS
7 ounces of frozen acai (2 pouches in the brand I bought above)
2 bananas (one for blending, the other for topping)
1 cup of frozen berries (I used a mix of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
Splash of fresh squeezed OJ

TOPPINGS:
Sliced strawberries
Sliced banana
Gluten-free granola
*feel free to add your favorite fruit, granola, honey, dried-fruit, coconut......etc.
Makes one large Acai Bowl

In a blender, add the frozen acai, frozen berries, the one banana (broken into pieces), and a splash of fresh squeezed OJ. Blend until smooth. (If you find that it's not blending well because there isn't enough liquid, add some more OJ until it starts to blend easier. Don't add too much though because you want a thick consistency). Pour into a bowl and top with sliced strawberries, sliced banana and gluten-free granola. Or, add whatever toppings you desire! Try topping with my Superfruit Granola. 

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