Acai is the new quinoa, and you heard it from me. Acai is everywhere, and everyone is posting about it. I would like to point out that I’ve been eating acai bowls since 8th grade, so according to me, everyone is late on the hype train 😉 In all honestly, acai bowls are incredibly enjoyable, especially for a basic white girl form Southern California like myself.
I’m blessed to have an actual Sambazon Cafe about ten minutes away from my house, but frankly, sometimes (all the time), I’m too lazy to drive there to get one, and I don’t always (never) feel like spending eight bucks for a bowl that I can create at home for practically nothing. However, like a smoothie bowl, it takes a lot of practice to perfect the perfect acai bowl. Trust me.
I don’t want anyone to go through the long struggle of perfecting an acai bowl. Sure, it may not seem like a huge deal, but for a perfectionist like myself, if the bowl isn’t perfect, I’ve failed at my duty. So, with these tips, tricks, and an actual recipe as well, I hope you can enjoy an Instagram worthy acai bowl ASAP.
Tip #1: Buy the actual packs. The Sambazon ones are in bulk at Costco, and I’m sure that there are generic store brands that may be cheaper if you can’t buy them in bulk (highly, highly recommend doing it though). You can buy acai powder, but the packs are what give it the authentic “acai bowl” flavor.
Tip #2: USE FROZEN FRUITS IN ADDITION TO THE PACKS. This, my foodie’s, is KEY. Not only does it add volume (hello more food #duh) but it also gives it a better texture.I usually do one frozen banana in addition to a pack of acai (I do use two in this recipe I’m about to show, and I recommend that more) and this gives it a great texture + taste. You want to use frozen though- makes it extremely thick.
Tip #3: Ice cubes and minimal liquids are your best friends. I use about 8-10 ice cubes (no, it does not water it down) and about 1/2 cup almond milk. This makes it very creamy and thick.
Now… without further ado- here is the foul-proof acai bowl recipe!
INGREDIENTS (Serves one:)
1 frozen banana
1-2 acai packets (I use two)
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 cup liquid of choice
Toppings of choice*
*= I use Purely Elizabeth granola, kiwi, peaches, coconut, and goji berries in the photo pictured below.
1.) Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend!
2.) You will have to stop your blender multiple times to mix everything together, but do not add more liquid / get frustrated- that’s normal.
3.) Pour into a bowl, add your toppings, and enjoy!
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