Sometimes you need something vibrant, fresh and fruity to jumpstart your day! I tend to lean towards more savory breakfast options like eggs and chicken sausage. But, there is something to be said about waking up to a burst of bright foods that are cool and refreshing. Today I’m exploring a food trend with all of you in my recipe. Açai bowls are not entirely new but they have received a lot of attention over the past year. They are even getting fully dedicated shops that serve up just variations of this frozen fruit dish. This past summer after months of wondering what all the fuss was about I stopped in a store in NYC to get my fix.
Some of you may still be wondering, what exactly is an açai bowl? In the simplest form is a fruit smoothie that’s been infused with açai powder and is served in a bowl. What makes them exciting is the use of different fruits and toppings to make each bowl unique. Also it eating a smoothie with a spoon gives it a different kind of thrill. It reminds me of the avocado toast craze. The end product itself is nothing earth shattering. It’s really just playing around with a few simple ingredients to create an Instagram worthy masterpiece.
The fact that these bowls are just glorified smoothies means that they are so easy to make! If you have a blender you can easily make at home. This will also save you some money because these bowls go for big bucks at cafes. I paid nearly $10 for my one serving of a tropical acai bowl. I spent about $20 stocking up on all the ingredients I need at home but it will last me for more than a week’s worth of breakfasts. You do the math…
My bowl is filled with frozen berries and topped with crunchy granola and more fresh fruit. I also kept it dairy free using almond milk as my liquid. The variations are endless but I think this is a pretty great start for anyone looking to try at home for the first time!
…all for the love of the dish
- 1 & ½ cups frozen berry mix (mine had strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
- ¾ cup unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp açai powder
- ½ cup granola cereal
- ½ cup fresh blackberries
- ½ cup fresh mango, diced
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- Place the frozen berry mix, the almond milk, and the açai powder in your blender. Pulse until smooth and desired consistency. Should still be thick enough to use a spoon so don’t over blend.
- Pour into 2 bowls and top both evenly with the granola and fresh fruit. Voila-breakfast is served!
If it comes out too thick, add more almond milk as needed. If it needs to be thickened, add more frozen fruit to the blender.