I never jumped on the açaí bandwagon. Sure it’s healthy, exotic and has a lot of antioxidants, but so do a lot of other things. But, about 6 months ago, I had my first açaí bowl and wow, I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how tasty it was. And, like other recipes I’ve mentioned before…I thought, they call this breakfast?? Sign me up because to me, this tastes like dessert. I’ve had a few bowls since, but decided that this was simple enough that I could make it at home.
The only thing I needed to tackle was this açaí berry thing. After some (okay, alot) of looking and digging, I honed in on what to buy and how to make these bowls. I found that regular grocery stores had no açaí berry selection (aside from juice), trader joe’s was no help (for once!), and my best bet was whole foods. The frozen foods section had a few different options – what you want the açaí fruit frozen packs that are supposed to be used in smoothies. I’ve used the unsweetened packs before, and given the honey and sweet fruits, I personally prefer those.
Açaí Bowl with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, honey, chocolate chips, and granola
(makes 2 bowls)
2 single serving frozen açaí berry pouches, ~7 ounces
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 banana, thinly sliced
5 strawberries, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup granola
2 tbs honey
2 tbs coconut flakes
In a blender, mix together the açaí berry and the coconut milk until a smooth consistency is reached. Place in freezer for approximately 10 minutes. Scoop the açaí berry mixture into a bowl. Place strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chocolate chips and granola into the bowl and drizzle with honey and coconut flakes.