If you’ve ever felt like your morning smoothie was thick enough to eat with a spoon—by all means, go for it! This acai smoothie bowl recipe is the perfect excuse to call your smoothie a legitimate meal.
In Brazil, acai is a frozen berry treat often consumed topped with fresh fruit and granola in a bowl. It’s a superfruit from deep inside the Amazon jungle. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a robust superfood loaded with healthy omega fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Its taste is really quite unique, but some people liken it to a cross between chocolate and berries. Delicious, right?
Because acai is so high in fats, it’s a very delicate fruit that ripens as soon as it’s picked. Because of this, it’s processed and packed right in the jungle and usually shipped to the U.S. frozen. You can find a number of acai juice products, and you can also find the pure frozen fruit pulp (which you need for this recipe) in the freezer section of most health food stores or Whole Foods Markets.
We give the traditional acai a green superfood makeover in this smoothie recipe. You can use any powdered green food. We use our very own mustHave greens, which are loaded with goodness from alfalfa and oat grass, spirulina, chlorella, and powdered kale. The greens balance the sweetness of the bowl and they provide their own excellent sources of nutrition including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant protein.
It’s nothing short of a yummy and scrumptiously delicious way to start your day!
Makes enough for 1-2 people
2 frozen packets acai pulp, thawed slightly for about 15 minutes
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen fruit of choice (pineapple or other berries are great additions)
1 cup raw spinach, rinsed and stemmed
1 tablespoon almond or other nut butter
1 cup coconut water or nondairy milk
1 teaspoon powdered greens
Toppings: granola, sliced banana, berries, shredded coconut, hemp seeds
Add all ingredients except coconut water (or nondairy milk) and toppings to a high-powered blender or food processor. Add coconut water or milk a little at a time until desired thickness is achieved. Remember, this is eaten with a spoon so it can be thicker than a smoothie!
Once desired thickness is achieved, pour into bowls and add toppings of your choice. Serve cold.
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