Two years ago, I was given the opportunity to travel to Hawaii on business. There, in Hawaii, I was introduced to this wonderful breakfast bowl; the Açaí Bowl. Recently, when travelling back home to Buffalo, I recalled this delicious breakfast and sought out to find one. I did, and at a cost of $12 – delicious and worth every penny – however, I decided that I could probably make these on my own for cheaper and with less sugar. Well, I was right!
What You Need:
Açaí packets – unsweetened – you can find these at Trader Joe’s (around $5 for 3 packets)
or Whole foods
Bag of frozen fruit of your choosing, I used pineapple and blueberries
Unsweetened Almond, Coconut, or Cashew Milk [I used SO Delicious Coconut Milk]
Toppings of your choice [I used banana, blackberry, unsweetened coconut flakes, agave syrup, and sliced almonds]
What To Do:
If you purchase the Acai from TJ’s it comes in four packets, I used two in this recipe – which made 3 perfect individual size morning bowls. I purchased freezer friendly, 2 cup storage containers for easy freezer storage.
The Base (this is the part you will freeze):
Açaí on it’s own is a little bitter – you will want to blend it with fruit that has a little sweeter taste, such as mixed berries, especially if you’re strict to a Whole30 diet. I happened to have some frozen pineapple and blueberries in my freezer so that is what I used.
NOTE: If you are on Whole30 – do not use the agave syrup or other sweetener mentioned in this recipe – it is not compliant. Everything else is compliant and will make for a tasty breakfast bowl that isn’t eggs :).
In a blender, blend the Açaí packets and frozen fruit (about 1/3 of a 12oz bag). Then, blend in the milk (about a cup) of your choosing until it is at a smoothie like consistency. You don’t want it to be too liquidy, if it is – just add in some more frozen fruit. Divide into your freezer-safe storage containers. This recipe filled a little under the one cup mark for each of my three containers. Put the lid on and freeze.
You can modify the amount to fill as many containers as you would like, I recently stocked up on meat, veggies, and fruits so my freezer space was in high demand.
The Toppings: Get Creative!
I have a long commute and I rarely find the time to eat a healthy breakfast, however this recipe is a game changer. It takes the Açaí blend around two and a half hours to de-thaw and be ready to eat. Which for me, is perfect timing from the time I prepare it to the time I am able to sit down at my desk and enjoy it.
In the morning, take your bowl out of the freezer, and add your toppings. I cut up a full banana, added some blackberries, a little unsweetened coconut flakes, sliced almonds, and a drizzle of agave syrup. This part here is where you should get creative – put your favorite granola or other fruits on as toppings. Don’t like agave syrup or don’t have it? That’s OK! You can use any sweetener you prefer, maple syrup, otherwise, or none at all!
The best part about these bowls is that the base may stay the same but by mixing up the toppings, you can create a different bowl every morning – keeping those taste-buds wondering what’s next.