Lately, everywhere I turn (or look on social media) there is an acai bowl. I decided to look into what is making this superfood all the craze right now.
It seems that the buzz behind acai is 100% deserved. Acai is a tropical fruit that looks and tastes just like ice cream! Yes, I know, I didn’t believe it until I tasted it either..lol. This tropical fruit was discovered thousands of years ago in Brazil, and the indigenous people recognized that the acai berry was filled with healing properties. They also found that the berries boosted energy when eaten regularly making it a much healthier alternative than coffee and energy drinks.
Acai bowls are essentially thick smoothies topped with granola, oatmeal, fruit, basically anything you want to add (healthy toppings of course).
I have a major sweet tooth. I personally love Acai bowls as a breakfast option because satisfies my sweet tooth but also keeps me full for a minimum of 4 hours. I get to have my vegan cake (or Acai) and eat it too! This is a healthy and delicious breakfast bowl that is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential amino and fatty acids that will keep you feeling healthy from hair to toe, inside and out. Here’s another fun fact for you: Acai has also been known to ease stomach upset!
It took me forever to find the Acai smoothie packs that are recommended for making these bowls. I finally came across them at my local Whole Foods. You can find them in the freezer section of most local health food stores and Amazon as well.Keep in mind, with the Sambazon acai berry packs being frozen, it makes it very easy for your bowls to come out a very watery mess if you’re not careful. Here are some useful tips for making an acai bowl from Sambazon.com:
- Let your Sambazon Smoothie Packs sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before using or run them under warm water for about 5 seconds.
When filling your blender, add soft stuff (like fresh fruit) first and add frozen goodies on top. This will keep your blender happy for future bowl making.
- Add a splash of liquid at a time so your Açaí bowl doesn’t turn into a smoothie. You can always add more liquid, but it’s not as fun to thicken up a liquidy bowl.
Pro: At $9.99 & 4 single serve packets to a box I figured that was a pretty decent deal.
Con: I did find it a bit difficult using the Sambazon Frozen acai berry packs when making my 1st acai bowl. The directions were very accurate about adding a splash of liquid at a time. Eventually I did get the perfect liquid to acai pack ratio but I didn’t get the creamy texture I was hoping for.
Overall, if you’re looking for more of a smoothie-like texture this is the option for you.I wanted to try acai powder for comparison. I figured it might be easier to make than using the frozen acai packs.
Pro: I had a much easier time making my acai bowl. This version has a much more creamy ice cream like texture just as I’ve seen online. I had more options for toppings since they weren’t sinking to the bottom of the bowl.
Con: It was $19.99 for a 4oz pack. I’ll basically only get 2 servings out of this pack. I’ll probably seek a cheaper source to purchase next time.
- 2 cups of freeze-dried acai powder
- 1 cup of almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 tablespoons nut or seed butter (I used almond)
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 sliced banana
Blend ingredients together using a Vitamix blender or blender of choice. Next, add toppings of choice and you’re good to go! Some of my favorite toppings include: chia seeds, flax seeds, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, banana, cacao nibs and even a dollop of almond butter! Tip: Adding almond butter will give your acai bowl an extra creamy and nutty kick.
Have you made an acai bowl before? Which method do you prefer? Comment below and let me know! ?
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