Acai bowls for me are a treat. Not gonna lie, sometimes I make acai bowls merely for the fact that they are outrageously photogenic. Not long ago, I had no clue about what Acai bowls actually were. I always came across such colourful and absolutely stunning bowls of Acai on Instagram but I thought they were no different to any regular smoothie bowl. The term “Acai” (ah-sigh-ee) is actually the name of a berry that comes from the Açaí palm tree which is native to South America. The berry is sold in a variety of forms, but for smoothies and acai bowls we use frozen packs of mashed acai.
Although I do not like to use the term ‘superfood’, the acai fruit can indeed take on that label due to its high levels of antioxidants (which is basically what helps get rid of yucky stuff in your body). Acai has often been marketed as a miracle weight loss fruit, however, according to my (limited) research on it, that simply isn’t the case. Acai is merely a lovely health food that will complement any well planned diet. Although the acai fruit is great for your body, purchasing acai regularly can get quite expensive, so personally I do not buy it often.
So now that we know a little bit about it, why not make some luscious acai bowls? 🙂
You can really experiment with the ingredients but I generally use the following:
2 frozen bananas chopped
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 packet of frozen Acai
A splash of agave syrup
Optional: frozen mango, a handful of spinach, a splash of orange juice or other liquid of your choice
Note about adding liquid: be careful not to add too much liquid if you decide to do so, otherwise the consistency will be too runny!
Start by pulsing together the frozen ingredients in the blender. You may need to occasionally stop your blender and stir around the ingredients with a spatula to help your blender. Once the ingredients are broken apart into smaller pieces, you can then blend the ingredients on low to medium power until you get a thick frozen-yoghurt consistency.
Once you have a homogenous blend, transfer the acai mix into a bowl and top with granola, banana coins, coconut flakes, passion fruit, pomegranate, nuts, seeds, dried fruit… whatever you like really! I top mine with whatever granola I have (home-made granola is the best, recipe coming soon) and some chopped banana coins. I also love adding coconut flakes, puffed quinoa, and agave syrup (if I did not put any into the acai mix that is). Topping your acai bowl with colourful things is an easy way to make your bowl just a tad bit more gorgeous if you are planning on taking a photo of it!
That’s about it! The recipe is super simple and I encourage you to play around with it to see what combinations you like best. If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes!