build your own acai bowl

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its been noted a number of times that i lean towards simple things and making acai bowls is no different. building your own acai bowl is a fun and exciting way to change up your smoothie game. it’s a healthy, raw vegan, plant-based, nutrient dense form of fuel.

 

a few weeks ago a friend sent me the downside of smoothies from the new york times. i don’t disagree that smoothies can be overloaded with sugars. and just about anything has a downside.

 

unless it’s made fresh at a smoothie bar i wouldn’t buy a one and ultimately it can depend on what’s in your smoothie to debate the health of it. and the debate on sugar stretches far and wide. i stand nowhere near supporting refined sugars but i’m not against sugar through fruit.

 

sweet is a natural flavor detected by our taste buds and to give it a little attention comes from ayurvedic theories of tasting all the flavors. if i cover my sweet craving with fresh fruits and juices, i’m convinced i’m something better for myself than eating pastries and custard or cookies, even if they’re all gluten free.

 

i also love consuming something sweet and dense following a workout so this build your own bowl comes in handy quite often.

 

acai mixture:

1 unsweetened acai superfruit pack (remove from freezer shortly before using and run below warm water)

1 ripe banana

2 tsp maca powder (optional)

toppings:

sliced and diced fresh fruit, cacao nibs, bee pollen, shredded coconut, buckies, grawnola, nuts and seeds, etc.

build your own bowl:

process acai, banana, maca powder in food processor or blender until smooth. i tend to use my food processor because it’s easier to scrape out  pour mixture in a bowl and add your favorite toppings. serves one.

enjoy!

have you tried the acai berry before? how have you tried it and what did you think? what are your go-to toppings? i’d love to hear more in the comments below.

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28 Responses to “build your own acai bowl”
  1. Rebecca says:

    I would love to make my own acai bowl, I thought it would be quite difficult but this actually sounds doable. I might give this a try, thank you for the tips 🙂

  2. Before this post, i never knew building your own acai bowl could be so easy. This recipe looks very interesting nd yummy and i am definitely going to try this!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Jos says:

    Live smoothie bowls! Will have to try your delicious version soon!

  4. I need to eat more of these! They seem to be all the rage, so they must be good!

  5. hal says:

    i also don’t disagree smoothies can be really sugary but i prefer to make mine green – i actually haven’t tried the acai berry yet but want to! as for toppings i am coconut OBSESSED right now for some reason!

    • Jessica says:

      i usually go green too but also need to be able to switch it up now and again. the acai berry is very low on the glycemic index so it’s still super healthy…and coconut is a wonderful thing to be obsessed with!!

  6. Leah says:

    This sounds so delicious, and such a great idea! What a lovely way to start the day!

  7. I’ve seen acai bowls on sale, but I’ve never made my own. Love your yummy topping ideas!

  8. I absolutely love Acai bowls! They’re so delicious and so easy to make! I love these topping ideas!

  9. Kate says:

    Delicious! I love topping mine with goji berries and cocoa nibs. Yum!

  10. adriana says:

    This looks soo good! I love acai bowls, they’re my favorite! I have to try your recipe out!

  11. I am absolutely obsessed with açai bowls but have yet to make one myself! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! xx, Lindsay

  12. Sarah says:

    Lovely blog post, i’ve always wondered this best way to make these bowls!

  13. C. Gibson says:

    I’ve never tried acai, looks really good though.

  14. Zineb says:

    I love this recipe it looks so good!!!!!?

    Love always,

    Zineb

  15. Jana says:

    That looks amazing. My hardest problem now is finding healthy foods that taste good. Does this taste as good as it looks?

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