As I mentioned in my last post, we just came back from Hawaii. One of the things I definitely wanted to try while we were there was an acai bowl. On the last day, we went out of our way to go to a place that sold them and we both got a heaping bowl filled with a delicious base of acai and banana, topped with fresh fruit, granola and coconut. It was just what I wanted. My boyfriend hadn’t really known what it was and was totally won over by it. He even said he wanted to start eating it for breakfast, which was a big statement from someone who religiously eats cereal every single day. It felt wholesome, was filling and was full of different textures. I guess that’s enough to win anyone over.
Needless to say, I came home being certain that I was going to recreate this, especially since it was presented as a worthy breakfast option. And I did. And it was delicious. The acai bowl you see here is just what I wanted. The base is slightly sweet, ice cold, and thick. The granola topping is nutty, crunchy and toasty. I made this granola but without the cardamom, without any dried fruit, almonds instead of pistachios, and with coconut oil instead of olive oil. The fresh fruit is what I always want in the morning. And the coconut satisfies our new coconut obsession.
The one caveat is that acai is really expensive. Obviously, like most things, making it at home, regardless of the price of it at my local organic store, is always cheaper than going out and buying it at a restaurant. But, in reality, you can easily replace the acai with some frozen berries and make a ‘smoothie bowl’ with the same toppings, and it would be just as delicious. In fact, at the store we bought the classic acai bowl from in Kauai, they also served acai bowls that were bulked up with frozen berries in the base as well. They even had completely different versions with things like frozen mango and pineapple, dragon fruit etc. What I’m saying, is if you are a fan of acai and it is readily available, go for it! If not, you can still make this delicious, healthy breakfast.
Make sure to freeze your banana the night before. I always keep chunks of frozen banana in the freezer for these sorts of occasions.
If you want a deeper purple colour in the acai base, add a handful of frozen berries. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick and scoopable, not watery. Basically, you want to make sure to blend your base until it's smooth with as little liquid as possible. Start with 1/3 cup and add a tiny bit as you need it. If you add too much, you can add a bit more frozen fruit and it will thicken up again.
I topped my bowl with cocoa nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, chopped macadamia nuts, raspberry and banana.
In a blender, blend together frozen banana, acai powder and coconut water.
Top with whatever toppings you want.
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