Açaí bowls. So hot right now.
If you live in a beach town or some kefir-drinking granola ‘hood, you know what I mean. Or maybe if you’re, like, Brazilian, or something. In which case, please tell me: why are roughly ALL% of the world’s supermodels Brazilian? Are the Brazilian people really all that statuesque and sultry and smoldering and other S words that make me want to do a jillion sit-ups and then smear myself in tropical oils? Do YOU look like that? You do, don’t you — little stinker. I guess you can stick around.
So açaí bowls. Super hot. If you’re none of the above — I mean, maybe you’re statuesque but you’re a Nordic Ice Queen, or something, I don’t know, I recently watched Frozen and it’s ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT SO SORRY.
If you’re not super familiar with the whole açaí bowl thing, here’s the gist.
It’s Brazilian. I do like ranting about Brazilians, but that was actually my point earlier.
It’s brilliant. It’s a smoothie parfait that feels one hundred thousand times healthier than it sounds.
Oh, you saw that coming? Love you.
For realsies, though, it’s a blend of frozen, super antioxidant-rich açaí berry puree and fresh fruit topped with more fruit (huzzah!), crunchy granola (huzzah huzzah!) and a buncha nuts, seeds, honey, bee pollen, cacao nibs, coconut, Twix bars, pound cake, goobers, apple pie filling, Haribo gummies and cookie dough.
Whoa, I think I blacked out and detoured to the Cold Stone Creamery toppings list for a second.
Anyway, you guys are smart, so you know what’s what. Lots of feel good, whole-nutrition types of stuff that tastes uhmazeballs and feels all fancy-vacation-like. Except for it’s not actually all that fancy because, with one trip down the frozen fruit aisle and another past the bulk bins, you could have the makings of one of these exotic wonderbowls in no time. Right at home! In yo kitchen! No beeeeaaach needed, beeeeaaach!
My take on what seems like a pretty classic version (using the term loosely since I don’t know beans about Brazil) is written up below, but you really can’t go wrong.
Whirl some up, top ’em off and let me know whatcha think!
Classic Açaí Bowls (vegan & gluten-free)
By Emily Stoffel
Prep time: 10 Mins | Makes 2 bowls
Note: Ok, so the most challenging part of this recipe is probably getting your hands on the açaí puree, itself. I found the Sambazon brand at my local Whole Foods (Safeway did not have it) — but I heard some Costco stores carry it, as well. It’s a bit pricey, about $7-$8 for four packets, but it’s still loads more economical than buying a bowl at a cafe. The Sabazon brand comes in two varieties: 1) Original, which is sweetened and enhanced with a teensy bit of energizing guaraná extract and has 100 cals per serving, and 2) Unsweetened, which is just the pure fruit puree and has 70 cals per serving. For two bowls, I did one packet of each, but if I were to only buy one variety, I’d probably opt for the Unsweetened since the honey and fresh fruit adds plenty of natural sweetness.
For the “smoothie” portion:
- 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 Açaí Smoothie Packs (we used one each Original and Unsweetened)
For the topping:
- sliced bananas
- sliced strawberries
- sliced kiwi
- frozen blueberries
- granola (we used a gluten-free hemp & flax seed variety)
- sliced almonds
- coconut chips
- honey (omit for vegan option)
Run Smoothie Packs under hot water for 5 seconds. Load all smoothie ingredients into blender in order listed and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a super blender, you may have to pause a couple times to stir in any large frozen chunks before blending again). Divide smoothie between two bowls — or enjoy as a smoothie! — and top accordingly. Yum!
Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Sambazon Açaí for recipe development and testing. As always, any opinions expressed across the site, be they negative or positive, are 100% my own.
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