I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Acai bowls before (or most likely seen them pop up on travel bloggers’ aesthetic Instagram feeds), and wondered, ‘what is an acai bowl and why are they so damn popular?‘ Well, for those of you who are newcomers to the craze, an acai bowl is basically like a thick smoothie you eat with a spoon, made with acai puree (a tropical palm fruit) and then topped with fresh fruit, cereal, you name it.
It may sound like a lot of hype for what is basically a smoothie in the bowl, but acai is really something special. Acai is a super food with tons of amazing health benefits (read all about it here) and it tastes a bit like chocolate, making for the most delicious flavor (especially when combined with some chopped fruit and coconut shavings). The bowls are not only super healthy and delicious but also refreshing, filling and surprisingly easy to make. I discovered acai bowls while I was living in Colombia this summer and when I got back to England I decided I was going to figure out how to make them for myself. I now eat them almost every day for breakfast. It is such a great meal to start the day, leaving you happy and full and ready to conquer the world… or at least the commute!
Here’s my quick-n-delicious acai bowl recipe:
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 pack of frozen acai berry pulp (I buy Sambazon’s frozen packs from Tesco – run the pack under hot water before opening to thaw)
- Handful of frozen berries/strawberries
- 2/3 cup almond milk (I use plain but some people used vanilla flavor)
There really is no way to go wrong with acai bowl toppings but here is what I like to put on mine…
- 1 chopped banana
- 1 chopped kiwi
- Handful of blueberries
- Handful sliced strawberries
- Sprinkle of chia seeds
- Sprinkle of coconut shavings
- Drizzle of honey
- Cup of puffed wheat cereal or granola
Sometimes I won’t add coconut shavings or cereal, and often I’ll also add mango or pineapple, it really depends on my mood and what fruit I have on the day!
- Make the puree: In the blender add banana, acai pulp, frozen berries and almond milk. I’ve found it’s best to add the ingredients to blender one at a time to make it easier on the blades and ensure that everything is blended smoothly. Blend on low until there are no large chunks then increase the speed till the puree has a smooth, thick-smoothie consistency.
- Add toppings: Add the cereal or granola first, then add the fruit in whatever artistic or random combination takes your fancy, then top your beautiful creation with chia seeds, coconut shavings, and honey.
- Dig in and embrace the tropical fruit goddess that you are!
And there you have it, acai bowls are really that simple and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making them in your sleep! Leave a comment below if you have any questions or any acai bowl tips, I’d love to hear them xx