Even if you have never tried one, you have probably seen a smoothie bowl surfacing Instagram’s feed almost every day. Popular in places like Brazil and Hawaii for decades, Global demand for the acai berry fruit has expanded rapidly in recent years, and açaí is now cultivated for that purpose primarily. However, most people don’t know that this delicious breakfast or summer snack can be quite pricey, often averaging around $9 to $13 a bowl. Although they are refreshing and a great way to get in a day’s serving of fruit, spending $13 on a pretty smoothie is a bit ridiculous when one can easily make a stellar one with just a few key ingredients.
Over the past few years I have visited and traveled to various juice bars that specialize in whipping up the perfect açaí bowl. After tasting several variations I have come up with these three easy recipes below that you can make right in your own kitchen.
First and foremost, in all of these recipes you will need a solid blender; I would suggest either a BlendTec or a VitaMix to help with the consistency of the bowl. Also, I know cow’s milk can be delicious, but smoothie bowls will actually turn out thicker with either almond or cashew milk.
The Warrior Bowl
Your choice of berries: either blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
1 cup of almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons of almond butter
Granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, cashews, goji berries
The Mean Green Machine
½ frozen banana
Handful of spinach or kale
Almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
Pineapple or mango (fist full)
Granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, etc.
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon Gelatinized Maca Powder
¼ cup almonds (or any nut/seed)
5-7 drops of Vanilla Stevia – or to taste
1 cup of almond or cashew Milk
2 cups ice
Raw honey, granola, cacao nibs, flax seeds, banana