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Acai Bowl

Acai bowl topped with banana kiwi pineapple

I Don’t remember exactly when I became obsessed with Acai bowls (pronounced “ah-sah-ee”). Maybe it was after my friend Patricia gifted me the book “Bountiful Bowls” when we met in New York in the summer of 2018. She said that Acai bowls were the latest trend in London, where she lives. Not long after that, Acai bowls have become quite popular here in the US. It is basically a refreshing smoothie in a bowl topped with more fresh fruits, nuts, and even granola! The bowls are so versatile that some days I’ll have one for breakfast and some days for lunch or dinner. The beauty of acai bowls is that there is no right or wrong with choosing the base and the toppings because you can play around with various combinations. 

What is Acai?

Acai comes from the acai berry grown on the acai palm tree in South American rainforests. Acai berries are a natural superfood packed with antioxidants.

Tips for Perfect Smoothie Bowls:

  • Your Acai Bowl is best if enjoyed as soon as you make it.
  • Customize your own bowl by trying other fruits like mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, and strawberry.
  • Acai bowls are best when they are smooth in texture. Use a really good quality blender.
  • Smoothie bowls are meant to be super thick and scoopable with a spoon. Start with ¼ cup of liquid and add more if needed.

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Acai bowl topped with banana kiwi pineapple

Acai Bowl

The beauty of acai bowls is that there is no right or wrong with choosing the base and the toppings because you can play around with various combinations. 
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 1 bowl

Ingredients

For the bowl:

  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) Acai pulp unsweetened frozen. Break the pulp into pieces before blending.
  • 1 ripe banana frozen
  • 1/4 cup cherries frozen
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut water/milk of your choice/water +  a little more if needed

Other bowl ideas: frozen fruits like mango, pineapple, and berries. Chia seeds, nut butters, collagen powder, oats, and leafy greens like spinach and kale.

    For the toppings:

    • 1 handful granola  
    • 1 handful berries 
    • 1 handful coconut flakes

    Other topping ideas: banana, apples, mango, kiwi, pineapple chia seeds, almonds, pecans, walnuts, almond butter, peanut butter, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

      Instructions

      • Blend frozen Acai, banana, and cherries until combined and chunky. Then add to the blender the protein powder with water or milk, and blend until smooth. Pause blending periodically to spatula the ingredients off the sides of the blender towards the middle. Smoothie bowls are meant to be super thick and scoopable with a spoon. Start with ¼ cup, but you may also need to add more liquid if your blender isn’t as powerful.
      •  Pour the Acai mixture into the frozen bowls. Top and serve!

      Tips and Tricks:

      • You’ll typically find Acai processed into a pulp and frozen at the grocery store. But be sure to check the package label because some brands add sugar to the Acai. You can also buy Acai powder, which is usually in the supplement section.

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      Hi, I’m Rachel.

      Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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