Even though we are now in what is consider fall, my love of smoothies bowls has yet to fade. Partly because of the constant 80+ degree weather we rock in Florida and partly because of this recipe. I’m obsessed with acai bowls. But like any savvy gal, I don’t want to fork over the cash for them all the time. And despite being asked every time I get on if I want bananas or strawberries as my base, it’s taken me ages to figure out just the right combo on my own.
At first, I found my happy mix using frozen acai. And you’re more than welcome to use it in your version. However, I’m making mine these days with acai powder. I’ve only tried one powder so far but I’ll report back as I test out more. Currently, I’m using this one from Tropeaka.
Now before I go into great detail, let’s talk about a few things I’ve discovered along the way to help you make this your perfect acai bowl. Firstly, this is MY perfect acai bowl. Feel free to adapt as you see fit. I use a fair amount of powders in mine because I like the mix. But you don’t have to use all the powders I do. More powder means more liquid is needed. So if you opt for less powder, then you most likely won’t need as much water, coconut milk or whatever liquid you choose.
Also, you can change the ingredients if you aren’t a fan of things in a way that still gets you a similar consistency. For example I don’t always use frozen banana. If I want less sugar in my meal, I’ll opt for frozen zucchini instead. Your bowl may include raspberries instead of strawberries. Use what you like and play with it some. This recipe is what gets my jazzed about breakfast but may not be sweet enough, creamy enough, whatever enough for you. And that’s okay. Swap it around a bit until you figure it out.
If you’re using frozen acai, make sure you double check the ingredients. I’d planned to do a version of this recipe with frozen acai but the ones I found locally have soy in them. No bueno in my diet. I’ll do my best to find a version without it and report back a recipe for all my frozen friends. But I also don’t really like to deal with the frozen acai packets as much. They tend to stain and be a bit more difficult to deal with all around. Plus, I find I get way more for my money with powder. Personal preferences and all friends.
Alrighty, enough with the breakdown. Let’s teach you to make the most epic acai bowl!
My Perfect Acai Bowl
My perfect go to acai bowl is filled with loads of hidden nutrients and flavor. It's great to switch up your morning breakfast or just to save money at home and make your own perfect version.
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/2 frozen banana*
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries or 5 whole frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder**
- 6-12 oz coconut milk
- 1 tbsp acai powder
- 1 tbsp greens powder
- 2 tsp coconut water powder optional
- 1 tbsp mct oil optional
- 1 tsp maca powder optional
- toppings cocoa nibs, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut, honey, etc
- Add frozen ingredients, 6 oz of coconut milk, protein, acai, greens and any other powders, superfoods or oils you're using to blender.
- Blend for 1 minute. If you're ingredients aren't all blending, alternate adding in dashes of coconut milk with blending until you get the consistency you want. This might vary depending on how much powder you're using.
- Once your base is mixed, add it to a bowl.
- Add toppings, drizzle with honey and enjoy!
* Feel free to use 1/2 a ripe banana here and the other 1/2 for topping. Just make sure you use less liquid or your smoothie bowl will be runny.[br]**Consistency may vary depending on the serving size of your protein powder.
And there you have it. One perfect acai bowl that’s ready to make your mornings even better. If you make it, be sure to tag me in the photos and use #saveeandsavory. Happy blending friends!
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