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Friday, April 3, 2015

Simple Açaí Bowl

Ahh. Saw. EE.
Say it with me.
Ahh. Saw. EE.
Açaí!

Perfect. Now that we can all properly pronounce this delicious berry with origins in South America, it is time that I introduce you to the Açaí Bowl. I first stumbled across a picture of an Açaí Bowl about a year ago when I was killing time looking through Instagram photos. The picture of that beautiful thing stopped me in my tracks. Ever since then, I have been on an unsuccessful hunt for these delicious smoothie-like creations. Finally, I took it upon myself to make it at home. 

Here enters my Simple Açaí Bowl.


After searching far and wide, I finally got my hands on the Açaí berry packs in the frozen section of a local health foods grocery store. I had looked at a Kroger first and had no luck in spotting any. Depending on where you live, you might have a greater of variety in your frozen fruit section. 

I also wanted to give credit to the blog The Pig and Quill as this is the blog that I looked to for information on making my first bowl. 







As you can probably tell from the pictures, an Açaí Bowl is essentially a smoothie made with açaí berries and a variety of toppings. These bowls are growing in popularity, which became evident when there were almost 600,000 hits with a simple Google search. Here are the ingredients and instructions for how I made mine. (I ate this entire bowl, but you could easily share with a friend as I was quite full.) 

For the smoothie base:

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 açaí pack
  • 2 oz. unsweetened almond milk
Smoothie instructions:
  • Blend all ingredients together. (I used a Magic Bullet.)
  • For a thicker consistency, use less almond milk and all frozen fruit.
  • If you prefer thinner amounts, use fresh berries and banana with more almond milk for the desired consistency. (This is a trial and error process!)
For the toppings:
  • dark chocolate granola
  • other half of the banana
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • frozen blueberries

Topping instructions:

  • Simply add as much or as little of your favorite toppings. Here are some other topping ideas:
    • almonds
    • chia seeds
    • strawberries
    • pomegranate seeds
    • almond butter
    • kiwi
    • pineapple
    • honey
  • The best part is making your creation look pretty and fun to eat. Be creative!

After having this smoothie bowl for breakfast this morning, I can certainly understand the hype. I am excited to try out different variations in the future. 

Have you ever tried an Açaí Bowl before? What were your favorite toppings?


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