The Best Acai Bowl

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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

Method:

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.

Notes:

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.

 

 

 

 

Stovetop, No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

This is my teen’s top favorite peanut butter bar recipe. This 6 ingredient, preservative free recipe, is fast, super easy to make, and yields delicious and healthy peanut butter oatmeal bars with just the right amount of sweetness.  These make the perfect lunchbox or quick treat, I make a batch of these every week.  A baking sheet lined with parchment paper can hold a single or double batch of these uncut bars.  The whole batch, baking sheet and all, can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer (I usually keep mine in the freezer).  For convenience, place a cutting tool in the pan to cut out squares or bars whenever needed.  If anything like my household, these bars will be eaten too often to keep getting a new knife each time a piece is cut.  The great thing is you can cut as big or small a piece as you are in the mood for.  Often times when I am at home a small sliver satisfy my sweet tooth.  For lunchboxes treats, I usually cut the bars into a traditional granola bar size.

Recipe

1/2 cup milk

1/2 stick butter, 4 oz. (4 TBLS)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup natural creamy peanut butter (try to find a version with peanuts and salt only)

3 cups old fashioned oats uncooked

In a large sauce pan heat the milk, butter, and sugar till boiling and then continue to boil for two minutes, the mixture will foam a bit.  Turn off the heat.  Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir till combined.  Add the oats and stir till just combined.  Turn onto a sheet pan and spread out to desired thickness, we usually spread out to granola bar thickness.  Freeze directly on the baking sheet or refrigerate until set, approximately 1 hour.  Cut into bars when firm and enjoy!  Bars keep well in the freezer and taste great on a hot day or when the sweet tooth hits you!