Thursday, March 26, 2015

how to home make an acai bowl

Last summer my mom had her first acai bowl. She told me about the way it was sprinkled with granola and berries and banana. She said she knew I'd love them and I should try one. Then I forgot about it. Until she bought some acai pulp online and gave me a couple of bags and told me to do myself a favor. I said okay. And then I forgot about it.

I forgot until a few weeks ago when the sun was out in the morning and it seemed sort of like summer wasn't such a thing of the past. And then I wanted to eat something that tasted of summer. What better than that sweet acai bowl Mama had once mentioned?

So I texted her and said I'm going to make one of those bowls you liked. She told me it's tricky because they can get really thin and be more smoothie than breakfast bowl. And I made a note. Then a few mornings later, on a beloved Friday morning, I threw one together. And it turned out just right.

Ingredients 
1 packet acai pulp 
(or powder if you have that instead)
1/2 cup frozen fruit 
(think peaces, bananas, pineapples, blueberries, apples)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of almond/coconut milk
scoop of protein powder 
(or other add-in, completely optional)
1 banana
1/4 cup of granola
sprinkle of sliced pecans 
(or almonds or cashews)
flax seeds
chia seeds
*really you can add anything you want on top.

Instructions
1. Put acai pulp, 1/2 cup of frozen fruit, and your add-ins (like protein powder) into blender. 
2. Add 1/4 cup of chosen milk. 
3. Blend.
4. Assess. You want your acai base to be so thick you have to scoop it out.
Too thick -add more milk (SLOWLY).
Too thin -add more fruit. 
5. Blend again. 
6. When you get your desired thickness, put in bowl. 
7. Top with all your goodies like you're at FroYo. 
8. Enjoy. 

This is one of those art-of-the-blender moments. It's a fine line between too thick and too thin. Don't be afraid to take a spoonful of the fruit and see if it's a consistency you enjoy. 

Now go get healthy with this you FroYo loving friends of mine!

5 comments:

  1. This looks amazing. I definitely want to try it out. :)

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  2. I had my first Acai bowl in San Diego and it was love at first bite. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try recreating it at home, though...

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  3. GIRL. Addicting. I haven't had one from a store/smoothie shop yet sooooo I might not be doing it completely right, BUT it's become so convenient to DIY at home! :)

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  4. But seriously. I crave this thing all over the place.

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