The açaí bowl is probably one of the biggest food trends. It’s basically a beautiful smoothie made with frozen berries and presented in a bowl. Açaí bowls are not only very pretty, but also nutritious. I ate many açaí bowls in my life, and I can’t wait for warmer days so I can enjoy delicious açaí bowls even more often.
After introducing rawnola into my life, I think I now created the best açaí bowl and I love to share it with you today. Often you will find that baked granola is used, but this bowl is entirely raw because of the rawnola. But feel free to use (baked) granola if you have that in your kitchen. How to make the best açaí bowl? Here we go!
An açaí bowl is basically a really thick smoothie (thick soft serve) that is topped with oatmeal, nuts, granola, fruit and/or a nut butter.
If you have never tried an açaí bowl, go and make this one. You will see it is not just a fad, açaí bowls are really delicious and here to stay!
What are açaí berries?
Açaí is basically a superfood from Brazil. Açaí berries have an array of health benefits, but its strongest asset is definitely its delicious taste. With this açaí bowl it’s difficult to say whether I’m enjoying an ice cream or a healthy breakfast.
This bowl takes a bit more time than an average smoothie where you can just throw everything into a blender, but once in a while the extra time to make this bowl is completely worth the effort.
If you are located in the US, you can find açaí berries as frozen puree, packed in little portions. However, to my surprise I found it in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium as well. So look in your local super market/health food store in the freezer section to see if you can find frozen açaí puree. You could also use açaí powder instead, but it may not have the same taste and texture as in this recipe.
This acai bowl is a bursts of colors, fresh ingredients and a fusion of flavors!
Acai Berries Health Benefits
- açaí berries contain antioxidants.
- açaí berries are low in sugar, but contain good amounts of calcium, iron, fiber, and vitamin A.
- these berries defend the body against harmful free radicals.
- açaí berries contain healthy fibers.
Let’s dig in! And don’t forget to share your creation with me on social media with #thegreencreatorPrint
This açaí bowl recipe is a thick açaí soft serve with raw granola as a topping and on the bottom of the bowl. The almond butter, frozen berries and mango with the açaí puree makes this the best açaí bowl ever!
- 1 banana, in slices, frozen OR one frozen mango, in slices (I love using frozen mango because frozen banana can overpower the acai flavor)
- 150 g frozen red berries such as blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries ( I used raspberries)
- 1 frozen açai berry packet or 2 tablespoons açai powder
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or honey for non-vegans), dates are also very nice to add
- 2 full teaspoons almond butter
- 100 ml almond milk or coconut water
- 4 tablespoons of rawnola
- berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
- bee pollen (this is not vegan)
- mango- or kiwi slices
- coconut chips, unsweetened
- homemade rawnola or granola
- roasted nuts of choice or a nut butter
- banana slices
- cacao nibs
- Prepare a bowl with a layer (2-3 tablespoons) of rawnola or granola.
- Add the frozen banana- or mango slices, the almond milk, almond butter, frozen berries, açaí, maple syrup to a blender/food processor and blend for a few minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Pour this over your bowl on top of the rawnola/granola and top with your favorite toppings.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
If the smoothie is still too thick let the blender run longer or add more almond milk or coconut water. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit.
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