Acai is wonderful! It’s full of tonnes of health benefits, it’s easy to use and it tastes delicious!
There have been many studies which have found amazing benefits of eating acai, including lowering the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons, lowers the risk of heart attack, helps reduce cholesterol and it can even help to manage blood sugar levels.
Acai is full of antioxidants, helps detoxify, prevent cancer cell growth, helps repair muscles and contains 19 amino acids – what?!?!?
Acai really is one of the most super of the super foods and the best bit is that as well as being extremely good for you they taste amazing and acai bowls are very fun to make.
I’m not the best at measurements and definite amounts, but that’s the best thing about smoothie bowls and acai bowls – it doesn’t really matter! I add more of some ingredients depending in what I have in the cupboard, or what I fancy that day.
If I’m feeling like something sweeter I’ll add some more fruit or sweet protein powder and if I want more savoury or tone down the sweetness, I’ll use some pea protein, spirulina or more nuts and seeds. Typically I follow this (loose) recipe.
Acai Smoothie Bowl Base
1 cup of frozen berries (at the moment I use frozen cherries but any frozen berries)
1 heaped tablespoon of frozen acai or acai powder (you can use as much as you want depending on your flavour preference – the most you use the more bitter it will become)
Handful of seeds (I use the M&S mix of pumpkin, sesame and flaxseeds)
1 tablespoon of protein powder (pea for a more savoury flavour or I use a berry flavour for a sweeter taste)
1 cup of almond milk (or any milk alternative – you can even use water if you don’t want alternative milks)
I blend until smooth and at this point you can add more liquid depending on the consistency you prefer. Sometimes I want to have my acai like a smoothie and I do this when I want to add a lot of toppings so the toppings create the texture, or I have it a lot thicker almost like ice cream and have just a few toppings. It totally depends how you like it!
This is where you can have a lot of fun. The list of toppings you can end to an acai bowl are essentially endless, but my go-to favourites are coconut chips, chopped almonds, mixed seeds, fresh berries, peanut butter, almond butter, cacao nibs, shaved chocolate, musli, granola, chopped banana, chia seeds… you get the picture!
Anything you can think of you can add and the best thing is you can make every acai bowl different, or if you find one you love you can repeat as much as you like!
I tend to stick to the same recipe for a couple of weeks and then shake things up and go for something completely different when I run out of something or get something new that would work. What I have mostly depends on what’s in my freezer or in my cupboards, but the best thing about acai bowls is that it’s pretty easy to create with ingredients you already have.
I can’t wait for you to try one – I know you won’t be disappointed!