Homemade Copycat Acai Bowl

If only all of my breakfast were this beautiful. Copycat Sunrise Acai Bowl from Bonzai bowl – aka the best Acai bowl in the world!!!

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You guys know that I love acai bowls. I had my first one long long ago when I went to southern California for my Aunt’s wedding. We were getting out nails done for the wedding. When we were leaving we saw a couple of people walking out of this café with these huge sorbet looking things. Of course being the foodies that we are, we were instantly intrigued. We soon found out that that it actually wasn’t sorbet, it was a really thick smoothie – with this super trendy berry in it called acai. WHAT.

Of course you know we had to order one even though we had just had lunch. It was a long time ago, but I am pretty sure that acai bowl was gone before we even got to our car in the parking lot.

It was unreal. Layers of thick cold smoothie, granola, fresh bananas, blueberries, and strawberries, nutty coconut, and sticky agave.

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See what I mean about layers of flavor?? Layers of flavor = LAYERS OF HAPPINESS.

I feel like I am on a tropical island every time I have one and they instantly put me into a better mood.

Since then, I have made countless acai bowls.

We used to make egg and cheese egg sandwiches every Saturday morning – but now we make acai bowls and it is so much more fun! And vegan!

Seriously it is fun for the whole family – even the teenage boy who doesn’t want anything to do with this whole vegan thing.

But when I lay out all the toppings and make all the acai smoothies, he sure gets into it. That is what you have to do if you have a family member that is not totally on board with going vegan… just make all the awesome meals and talk about how yummy it is and how good it makes you feel.

Trust me, they will all want to try it. People think that being vegan is just eating a bucket of lettuce for breakfast lunch and dinner, but it is SO NOT. In fact, I never eat a bucket of lettuce for breakfast lunch and dinner.

I may or may not eat an acai bowl for breakfast, lunch, and dinner though. 😉

California Inspired Recipe: Sunrise Acai Bowl

If only all of my breakfast were this beautiful. Copycat Sunrise Acai Bowl from Bonzai bowl – aka the best Acai bowl in the world!!!

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Milk
1 Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack (or 6 oz of Samabazon Smoothie drink – if you use the smothie drink do not add Almond milk)
1 Tbsp Honey
½ Banana
1/2 cup blueberries
7 mango chunks, frozen
7 pineapple chunks, frozen
4 strawberries, frozen

Toppings:

Banana, sliced
Strawberries, sliced
Blueberries
Granola with almonds (Kashi Vanilla Almond GoLean Crunch)
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Agave syrup
Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Run Acai pack under warm water and break into chunk.

Add all ingredients, in the order listed, into a blender.

Select “Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream” option or blend until smooth. You have to play with consistency, it should be thicker than a smoothie, but thinner and ice cream.

Top with some or all of the toppings listed.

Fun fact… here is the very first acai bowl I ever had from Bonzai Bowl in 2008!!

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