This is our “Tribute” to Acai Bowls…..they ENERGIZE our SOUL…..and we want to share this love or passion we have for them with you!
They are one of our family’s… and I mean everyone in the family… breakfast/snack/meal. Soon they will be one your family’s favorite too!
You have two choices for your starters…..and both can be purchased at Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Both options are made by Sambazon. Click here to see their products. The smoothie options we like are these:
You can also use their frozen smoothie packs….they are good as well. You should really try them both so you can decide for yourself which ones you like working with better. All I can say is SAMBAZON to the rescue to “ENERGIZE YOUR SOUL”.
First you may ask… What is an Acai Berry. Well, for starters here is what this “Super-fruit” looks like in it’s raw form
The Acai berry is an inch-long reddish, purple fruit. It comes from the Acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. Acai actually has even more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Score!
We usually use all organic frozen fruit to make the “base”…..but it’s your choice…you don’t have to. The reason we use frozen is because it will make the consistency of a frozen smoothie you are looking for.
The recipe makes 1 acai bowl and I recommend doing one at a time. If you try to double it up it doesn’t always work that well. Also, you need to play around with the consistency that you like in your smoothie. If you like it less thick add less frozen fruit….if you make it and it needs a little more thickness through a couple more frozen strawberries in there.
The toppings that you place on your acai bowl are limitless.
Be creative with what you put your Acai bowl in, it’s half the fun. A little extra effort to make your acai bowl colorful will leave you feeling like this healthy option is a real treat … that is a good thing!
Jen’s number one topping…..coconut. I am CRAZY for coconut
Emily’s number one topping: banana slices. I love the texture of cold bananas mixed with the acai bowl smoothie!
There are so many combinations, here are some examples:
The original acai bowl toppings: Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, granola, and a drizzle of honey.
Topped with all my favorite summer berries: Strawberries, Blueberries and raspberries… there were probably a few banana slices thrown in there. (Bananas are my personal favorite topping.)
Don’t forget the honey… it adds an amazing hint of sweetness!
Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, toasted coconut, and granola.
Some days I feel like less is more, especially when I want a quick fix…. But other days when I’m feeling creative, I mix all different combinations of toppings…..Like here we had some yogurt covered almonds so we put them in for a little treat
You can just imagine on a hot day sitting with this healthy delicious goodness can’t you? “A healthy outside starts from a healthy inside.”
- The “Base” Recipe
- • 1 cup Almond Milk (you can use unsweetened or vanilla)
- • 1 Acai Frozen Smoothie Pack (or 6 oz Acai Smoothie drink—if you use the smoothie drink do not add Almond milk)
- • 1 Tbsp Honey
- • ½ Banana
- • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- • 7 mango chunks, frozen
- • 7 pineapple chunks, frozen
- • 7 strawberries, frozen
- Base Blending Instructions:
- • When using the frozen Acai smoothie pack you need to break the mix into chunks, otherwise pour 6 oz. of the smoothie acai drink into the blender
- • Add all ingredients, in the order listed, into a blender
- • Select “Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream” option or blend until smooth
- Remember, if you use the drinks you omit the Almond Milk and may also omit the banana (if you want to save on calories).
- Every one will have a desired thickness—if you find that you like yours thicker than what this recipe provides, just add a few more frozen strawberries until you arrive at your desired thickness