I have been obsessed with Acai Bowls for quite some time. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry that is harvested from tall acai palm trees found in the Amazon basin. There are many health benefits of this fruit which you can read about here.
For me, this is the most filling and satisfying breakfast, it just takes a bit to prepare. But, it is well worth it. The consistency is a cross between yogurt and ice cream. What I like about an Acai Bowl is that you get the benefits of a smoothie (which I love) but you have the chewing aspect that we all crave. For some reason, I still want to eat something after a smoothie.
Before I dive into my recipe, let me tell you how much I love my Vitamix. My husband and kids bought me one for Mother's Day last year. Best purchase ever if there are any guys reading this; buy one for your mom or wife! They will seriously love you for it. I use mine for smoothies, juice, acai bowls, soups, and just about anything I need to blend. It is used every day in my house.
1 package of frozen Unsweetened Acai Berry (I buy the Sambazon brand at Whole Foods but Trader Joe's also sells their own)
1/3 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp flax seed
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 cup natural (no sugar added) peanut butter (I use Trader Joe's with Flax and Chia seeds)
Blend all ingredients until a thick consistency forms. Be patient because it can take awhile. I usually stop the blender, mix it a bit and blend again). You may need to add more almond milk if it is too thick. Consistency should look like this:
Let's talk toppings. I like to top my Acai Bowl with fresh fruit, granola and coconut. I love Paleonola, it is a grain free, gluten free "granola" and it is SO good. I buy the chocolate flavor. I chop up fresh strawberries, bananas and whatever other fruit I have on hand. Today I didn't have strawberries but I had blueberries so that's what I used. I also enjoy unsweetened coconut flakes on top.
I keep all the "bagged" powders, granolas and coconut in these jars . They look a lot nicer and you don't have to rifle through 10 different bags in your pantry....especially if said pantry looks like mine, which is always a disaster (aka, dump zone).
Try it this weekend for Mother's Day! Have a wonderful weekend!