I have been craving acai bowls since Josh and I got back from Hawaii. I had my first one there, and my second, and my third… (They were everywhere!)
When I got back to Omaha I was shocked to find not one place in Omaha makes or sells acai bowls. It was a pretty sad moment for me. This past weekend I finally got another acai bowl – I made it myself!
For a quick rundown: acai berries are native to Central and South America. Some studies have found them to have more antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
An acai bowl is when acai berries are blended like a smoothie and then topped with various toppings.
The acai bowls I had in Hawaii were delicious. They also had a ton of sugar. There was coconut milk, honey, coconut shavings, granola, and all the fruit. What there was not was a lot of protein. I decided I wanted to make mine a little bit healthier and a little more filling.
The traditional acai bowl ingredients. If you have fresh acai I am incredibly jealous. I picked up these frozen acai berry blends at Whole Foods and they work just as great.You can use whatever toppings taste good to you. It’s like topping froyo. I decided to get a coconut almond granola (also from Whole Foods) to combine flavors so I could shave some calories off the bowl.
My protein powder love. <3 I love hemp protein powder. It’s all hemp with no additives, flavorings, or any other ingredients.
Protein Packed Acai Bowl
(Makes 1 serving)
- 2 frozen acai smoothie packs
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 3 tablespoons hemp protein powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut granola
- Handful of chopped strawberries
- Handful of blueberries
Blend the acai smoothie packs, frozen banana, hemp protein powder, and water together in a blender until it reaches your desired consistency.
Transfer to bowl.
Top with granola, strawberries, and blueberries.
I love how the acai smoothie packs look like a big ice pop.
I’ve always been told you need to cut up a banana before freezing it. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. Simply get a good knife, cut off the ends of the banana, and make a cut down length of the banana through the skin. When you go to cut your banana into pieces the peels will literally start to pop right off. It’s like magic.
It took about 30 seconds to get my ideal acai bowl texture in a Vitamix. It was creamy and yummy.
I am so obsessed with how this turned out. I mix everything together and love that I don’t need to add any additional sweetness to make this taste delicious.
It’s a perfect summer meal, and is incredibly easy to make. I have a feeling I’m going to be eating a lot more of these while fruits are still fresh and in season.
Questions of the Day: Have you had an acai bowl before? Are you a fan of them? What toppings would you top this acai bowl with?