Most people would say that I’m a bit of a health nut. I went on a vegan streak for almost two years before deciding to introduce seafood back into my diet.
In those two years, I’ve learned a lot about what’s good and what’s bad. This has totally changed my relationship with food (for the better!) and has allowed me to live a much healthier lifestyle.
And because I’m obsessed with clean eating (seriously, if I go a day or two without eating clean, I’ll crave my smoothies packed with fruits and veggies), I love trying new healthy snacks, meals, and drinks.
So, it was a given that I give an acai bowl a try.
I first tried one at this little place called Uba Tuba in Los Angeles several months ago. I’m not really sure how to classify this “restaurant” but I think it’s a Brazilian dessert place.
Anyway, I didn’t really know what to expect but I didn’t think I could really go wrong especially since I could add a mountain of fruits to my bowl. I love fruits. 😀
At first, the taste was strange and a weird mix between chocolate and berries. But I grew to love the flavor. It was like a healthy little sorbet. Since then, I’ve been trying to find a way to bring the acai bowl back to my kitchen.
A lot of the recipes I saw online called for a acai smoothie pack which I had no idea where to buy. Little did I know I just had to wander to the freezer section of Erewhon or Whole Foods. Duh, Sophia…
So, I ended up going to Erewhon in Calabasas one day and picked up the Amazon Planet Acai Smoothie Pack in Energy Blend. What I loved about this particular brand was that the ingredients were 100% natural and organic. Seriously, check them out; the Energy Blend’s only got THREE ingredients! I saw another company’s smoothie packs and they had a few unnatural ingredients in there. It wasn’t horrible but I would rather get something without any artificial ~stuff~. And this was cheaper anyway haha. 😉
It took a few failed attempts to truly grasp how to make a bowl that tastes good but I think I got it! It tastes great and I know that I’m nourishing my body with healthy ingredients.
A Super Simple Acai Bowl Recipe
Here’s what you need:
- 1 Amazon Planet smoothie pack, thawed by running it under hot water for a minute or two
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- Coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- Frozen fruit of your choice
- Maple pecan granola
- Shredded coconut
Here’s what you do:
- In a blender, add smoothie pack, banana, apple, almond butter, a small splash of coconut milk, cacao powder, and frozen fruit.
- Use as little coconut milk as possible and add more once everything is all blended and you think your smoothie bowl needs more. You’re going for a thicker consistency here.
- Blend, blend, blend till super smooth.
- Don’t forget to taste your mix. The smoothie pack isn’t sweet so if you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll want to add some fruits for more flavor.
- Pour smoothie mixture in a bowl and top with granola and coconut shreds.
Pro-Tip: I’ve seen a lot of acai bowls topped with a bunch of fruit like bananas, berries, mangos, etc. Definitely do that! It makes it that much better. Unfortunately, I didn’t have extra fruit laying around so granola and coconut shreds it was for me. You can add as much or as little as you want. The choice is all yours. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this acai bowl recipe! It’s definitely one of my favorite things to make but I do so sparingly because it’s about $6 – $7 for a bag of 4 smoothie packs. I gotta save it for a special occasion lol.
What’s your favorite healthy smoothie bowl recipe? Tell me in the comments below! 🙂 I’d love to try new recipes out.