pictured above (Acai bowl from Sejuiced, Newport Beach, CA)
If you have never tasted an Acai Bowl you are in for a treat! Think thick, icy smoothie that you eat with a spoon, it eats like a frozen soft serve ice cream but is all natural with no artificial sweeteners…it doesn’t need any extra sweetness because it is SO naturally GOOD! Add toppings like sliced fresh fruit, granola, cacao nibs, even a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter and you are in for a very satisfying treat!
I’ve only made this in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix so I can’t vouch for any other blender. I also use my small 48 oz. container versus my larger low profile container, I found the models which have the slimmer taller jar work better because you will be tamping down the ingredients as you blend.
Ingredients for 1 serving :
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 1/4 Acai Stick (can find at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/4 cup liquid of choice: water, flax milk (1/2 Tbls. flax with 1/4 c water), almond milk, or coconut milk
Toppings: sliced fresh fruit such as half a sliced banana, sliced strawberries, or your favorite fruit, granola, peanut butter, cacao nibs
Place ingredients in blender in the order they are listed. Turn blender on low and gently ramp up speed using tamper on high speed to push ingredients down and blend to smooth consistency. Remove from blender with spoon, and layer with granola and toppings. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later consumption.
The recipe is easily doubled if you are making more than one bowl, the more ingredients the easier to blend.
Alternatively, you can use frozen Pitaya sticks instead of Acai sticks. I find the Pitaya is an acquired more sour flavor and prefer Acai.