I’ve been a bit of an acai bowl junkie recently. I just can’t get enough of these deliciously healthy snacks! What you may not know, since I don’t talk about it much here on the blog, is that I eat a plant-based diet. This means I’m always looking for awesome vegan meals and snacks to help make this lifestyle transition a bit easier. For a quick background, I’ve been a vegetarian since 2015 and one of my new years resolutions this year was to move towards a completely plant-based diet. So far, I like to call myself mostly-vegan. I indulge every once in a while on sweets like ice-cream or a slice of pizza, but for the most part, I’d say 90% of what I put into my body is entirely plant-based. I can go into more detail about why I made this food/lifestyle choice in another post if you want, but back to acai bowls. Yum!
Every morning I like to begin my day off to a good start with a healthy breakfast. I tend to have a little (okay maybe a huge) sweet tooth, so this is the perfect time of the day to indulge in some healthy and delicious sweetness. If I’m not making a fresh veggie and fruit juice, you can bet I’m blending up one of these smoothie bowls. But don’t let the deliciousness factor of these fool you, they’re packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that are really important for your body. I also like to add in a some special ingredients to further pack this snack up with nutritional benefits. Plus, as temperatures rise, there is nothing more refreshing than a cool acai bowl to help get my day started.
- 1/2 c of frozen fruit – I prefer mixed berries
- 1 banana – I don’t freeze these because unfrozen bananas add a lot of creaminess
- 1/2 c of Almond milk – juice works perfectly well, especially with more tropical fruits
- acai – this is not essential to make a smoothie bowl, but this fruit contains powerful antioxidants and vitamins. I use the Traider Joes packets of blended acai from the frozen section.
- chia seeds and/or ground flaxseed – I use both of these for protein and fiber
- goji berries – super food and powerful antioxidant. Also contains vitamins C and A, as well as iron and zinc.
- dark chocolate chips – another antioxidant rich superfood
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- fresh fruit and berries – I like raspberries, strawberries, and banana
- granola – the almond butter one from Trader Joes is awesome
- coconut flakes
- agave nectar
First, throw all the frozen fruit, acai, and banana into a blender with the almond milk. Next, I add a spoonful of both chia seeds and ground flaxseed. Sometimes I like throwing in some chocolate chips if I’m using frozen berries. I also prefer using an upright blender (as opposed to a nutribullet style), so that I can mix the smoothie as I blend. To do this, pop a wooden spoon into the blender, through the hole on the top of the lid. When turning on the blender, I mix the top of the smoothie to help it blend the thick consistency. Be careful not to stir too deep, otherwise the blades with nick the wooden spoon and you’ll ruin your acai bowl! Depending on the ingredients and how well it’s blending, I might add more almond milk, a little at a time. Watch out! You don’t want to turn this into an actual smoothie! Once its all blended, pop the smoothie into a bowl.
Next, the fun part, decorating your acai bowl! This is where you can be creative and choose anything that strikes your fancy. That’s how I’ve come up with my favorite combinations. I usually start with granola for a bit of a crunch. Then, I throw in some combination of fresh fruit, chia seeds, goji berries and/or chocolate chips. Coconut flakes are also yummy and agave nectar is perfect to sweeten things up.
Overall, this acai bowl recipe is super fast, easy and delicious! I’ve been eating these like crazy (check my insta for proof haha) because they are so yummy and good for you. I’ve been making a solid effort to fit in all my servings of fruits and vegetables, so an acai bowl is perfect. Let me know if you have any plant-based recipes you love or any cool smoothie bowl toppings you want to share in the comments below. Please tag me in any recreations! I’d love to see your versions of this recipe.