Acai bowls: Coming to a hip neighborhood shop near you
Let’s get it out of the way.
The mysterious super food berry called Acai is not spelled phonetically. If it was, it would be ah-psy-eee.
So with that bit of insider-only pronunciation (and unique nutritional value we’ll discuss below) you can see why it’s appealing. And why acai bowl shops are popping up in progressive areas.
Fittingly, we’ve been dabbling with acai bowls and here’s what we know so far.
Here's what we know (so far) about Acai bowls
Let’s get right to it. Here’s what we’ve learned about making acai bowls.
Acai berries pack a punch. They really do make you feel great after eating them. Placebo or not. They are low in sugar, but high in the nutrients all other berries posses. They’re classified as an antioxidant and are said to help with a plethora of health issues.
Acai berries are bitter. There’s a reason you probably haven’t heard of an acai-only smoothie. It wouldn’t be good at all. If it’s in a smoothie, it’s one of several other berries. Which is also why…
Acai bowls are good because of the toppings. The more and sweeter the better.
Acai berries come in packets? We’ve yet to find actual acai berries in their natural form (since they come from South America and are very hard to transport fresh). We’ve only found frozen, pureed acai berries. Even the acai bowl trucks in Hawaii (all three we tried) used these grocer’s freezer-section packets.
Acai bowls are fun to make. It’s more of an art than a science. Which is why the recipe below is not yet perfect. We’ve kinda just improvised. But below you’ll find the basic formula. Hopefully you have some feedback to leave in the comments. 🙂
A flavorful base for all of your favorite smoothie bowl toppings.Acai, Banana, Blueberries, Dates, Strawberry,
- milk (we use almond in the demo) - 1.5 cup (360 mL)
- acai packet - 1 packet (100 g; 3.5 oz)
- frozen banana - 1 whole
- frozen blueberries - 1 cup (150 g)
- frozen strawberries - 1 cup (150 g)
- flax seed (optional) - 1 Tablespoon
- Add all ingredients into container
- Blend on high for 30 seconds (you want to keep it thick)
- Pour into a bowl
- Top with ALL of the things
- Snap a pic and tag #lifeisNOYOKE (there’s are usually instagram-worthy)
Useful tips for Acai Bowl
If you’re making a smoothie bowl, you want it thick. The point is to have a base that’s dense enough for your toppings to float upon. So don’t over-blend. You want a texture somewhere between smoothie and frozen dessert.
A list of toppings we’ve tried:
– Frozen blueberries
– Peanut butter
– Almond butter
– Coconut flakes
– Goji berries
– Flax seeds
– Chia seeds
– Bee pollen
The point is mixing crunchy with sweet. The more toppings and textures, the better!
We know that Costco carries Acai packets, but recently we found out that if you REALLY dig in the freezer section, that Trader Joe’s does too! As always, we’re sure you can get the packets at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores as well.
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