I've been a big fan of açai for many years. Growing up in a health-conscious household, I was given açai supplements and drinks when I was a kid way before açai bowls took over instagram and juice bars around the world- not to say that I don't love the trend!
The açai berry is native to the rainforests of South America and is high in antioxidants, as well as being full of many other amazing nutritional properties such as electrolytes, minerals, and amino acids (more here on its health benefits). It is naturally quite bitter in taste and requires something sweet to be balanced in taste, so the base of most açai bowls is usually made in combination with a sweeter fruit such as pineapple, banana, or mango. This does raise the sugar level of the recipe, which is why I tend to consider it an occasional treat rather than a daily staple in my diet (I try to keep the sugar in my diet as low as possible). Because I also eat seasonally, I tend to make this more during the warmer months of the year rather than in autumn and winter when I eat less raw and cold foods.
Below here is my recipe!
- 1 Pack Frozen Açai Puree
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 150ml Rice Milk (or any other plant-based milk, in this photo I've used my homemade Almond Milk)
- Frozen Berries (optional)
- 1-2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cacao Powder (optional)
Blend all the ingredients for the base in a high speed blender (I am a Vitamix loyalist) until you achieve a smooth, thick consistency and then top with whatever you wish! Some of my suggestions are below.
I mix this up depending on what I have on hand. I usually top my bowl with any of these options:
- Berries (darker ones are best since they are highest in nutrition)
- Nuts (I particularly like hazelnuts because they remind me of the taste of Nutella 😜)
- Chia Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Hemp Hearts
- Cacao Nibs