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How To Make An Acai Bowl

Acai (ah-sah-hee) is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the planet. Cultivated in a tiny region within the Amazon rainforest it has become internationally popular due to the iconic Brazilian acai bowl. Tourists to Brazil and the international surf community are the reasons behind the globalization. We were introduced to acai bowls in Santa Barbara, California several years ago.

Powder Over Frozen Packs

The common perception of acai is that it has to be bought frozen. Not true. Those frozen packs are filled out with water, they cost more than you need to pay and often contain sweeteners like cane juice. Buy the dry powder instead. It’s cheaper and doesn't cram your freezer. 

But How Do I Turn Powder Into A Creamy Acai Bowl?

The secret behind the texture is actually frozen bananas. You’re basically making banana nice cream with a superfood mixed in for antioxidants and colouring.
The recommended frozen pack method is equal parts frozen acai to frozen banana. So we just create our own frozen pack with ice and acai powder.

The Blender is Key

With any frozen fruit nice cream, the blender will determine your results. You need a stick blender. If you haven’t already overpaid for a Vitamix then don’t. Buy an Optimum 9400 or something with a similar design. The stick design allows you to manipulate the dense matter into cream.

I'm going to give you three recipes to get started with but please get creative.

1. Basic Acai Bowl Recipe

simple acai bowl recipe

  • Banana, frozen - 1
  • Ice - 1 cup
  • Acai powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Almond milk or coconut water - ½ cup
  • Optional garnish - fresh banana or granola

But you can go nuts with more nutrients and flavour:

  • A handful of greens that you won’t taste – spinach or kale
  • Frozen berries – more antioxidants
  • Frozen pineapple or mango for tropical sweetness
  • Peanut butter or any homemade nut butter
  • Vanilla or chocolate protein powder for sweetness and satiation
  • Two dates or some honey or coconut sugar or whatever sweetener you’ve been convinced is currently the healthiest
  • Vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste is also amazing if you pair it with something sweet
  • Coffee – create a mocha flavour with cold drip coffee or cold espresso and cacao/cocoa

The most popular combo we came up with was trusty peanut butter and chocolate. We sold the Choc PB combo in our old retail store and we had people coming in to buy it every single day. 

So we have warned you. If you like chocolate and peanut butter (and if you dont, leave this website to take a long, cold look in the mirror), this could become a habit that rivals brushing your teeth. 

2. Chocolate & Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Ingredients 

  • Frozen banana - 1
  • Acai powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Ice - 1 cup
  • Vegan choc protein - 1 scoop
  • Peanut butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Almond milk - 1/2 cup

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (ideally a blender with a stick, otherwise you'll need to stop and start many times, pushing the frozen ingredients around)
  2. Blend acai goodness until creamy, with no chunks of ice
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with your choice of granola, toasted coconut or fresh fruit

3. Tropical Acai Bowl

tropical acai bowl recipe gluten free sugar free

Ingredients 

  • Frozen banana - 1/2
  • Frozen pineapple - 1 cup
  • Acai powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Mixed frozen berries - 1/2 cup
  • Ice - 1 cup
  • Pitted dates - 3
  • Coconut water - 1/2 cup
  • Garnish - coconut flakes & granola

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except garnishes) and blend until creamy 
  2. Garnish with coconut and granola, or anything you desire

About James

I co-founded Green Press in 2013. I grew up in Alice Springs, the Australian outback, with absolutely no understanding of what healthy food is. Mum...




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