Acai (pronounced ah-sai-ee) bowls are all the rage across Australia and are popping up in health food cafes nation wide, especially during the warmer months, as the acai berry has taken the title fpr the latest super food.
The small, dark-purple acai berries hail from the Amazon and pack a nutritious punch as well as being utterly delicious. The dark berry is full of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids and provide health benefits such as increased energy levels, a boosted immune system, improved metabolic function and better hair and skin.
Whilst the powder, or frozen pulp, may be rather expensive to buy - a little bit goes a long way. I like to add blueberries to my acai bowls to ensure i get that dark purple colour as seen in cafes. If you just have acai and bananas it will be a lot paler, but just as delicious.
Ingredients Frozen Acai 2 frozen bananas (frozen in chunks)
100-g frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp or acai powder
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened plant based milk (add more as needed)
Toppings 1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup granola
In a blender or food processor throw in the frozen banana chunks, acai pulp or powder, strawberries, blueberries and a splash of milk.
Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down, then gradually increase speed, adding a splash of milk at a time until you get your desired consistency. I like mine thick like icecream but you can add more milk to make a "smoothie bowl".
Scoop the frozen acai mixture into a bowl and decorate with the toppings.
I chose to sprinkle with berries, granola and seeds but adding nut butter, coconut or different tropical fruits is also a great option.