Thursday, October 8, 2015

Acai Bowls

I have recently become obsessed with trying to figure out what these are, and how people make them.

Mouth Watering Brunch Recipes - The Most Beautiful Smoothie Bowl in the World: bananas, black currants, blueberries, acai, and Greek yogurt. Topped with muesli, sliced bananas, chia seeds, berries, flaxseeds, coconut, and honey or bee pollen. STOP. | Recipe right this way...:

Smoothie Bowl Queen: In the Kitchen with Lee:

First there was an influx of avocado toast on Instagram. Now acai bowls are having their moment in the filtered spotlight.:

I kept seeing them on pinterest and google when I typed in, "healthy or clean breakfast."  So I did some sleuthing...
I read an article about acai bowls on the Huffington Post (they called them breakfast porn).  I learned that this specific dish originated in Brazil, but became popular in Hawaii.  Who doesn't want island food for breakfast??  This tasted amazing and I felt like I was on vacation.  I definitely recommend it! 

To start, you need these little frozen packets.  I knew I would have to go to whole foods for this nonsense and that's what took me so long to make one.  These were in the freezer aisle.  They aren't cheap, but I was at whole foods, so I figured as much.

Run the packet under hot water for a few seconds and dump it in your blender along with a half a banana (I will probably use half a frozen banana next time since my bowl was a little more liquidy than I would have liked), 1/4 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 cup of frozen fruit of your choice.  This time I used 1/4 cup of blueberries and 1/4 cup of strawberries.  By the way, Costco has amazing frozen fruit in bulk.  

Next up is toppings!  I topped with the rest of the banana, a few blackberries, some shaved coconut, a teaspoon of chia seeds (you can get these really cheap at the produce stand on the corner of coursey and airline), and 2 tablespoons of this wonderful find.

I LOVE granola.  Love it.  You make think granola is healthy, but it usually is not.  It's almost always loaded with sugar.  It's another whole foods find and it was delicious.  Not as crunchy as granola, but the taste was awesome.

List of ingredients looked good to me.  And look at that....7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving!

And voila!  Mine may not look as good as the ones on the internet, but not too shabby for my first try. This was the finished product.  It tasted as good as it looked.  It was about 300 calories and filled me up.  It's definitely a breakfast you can play with and make your own!

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