Until recently, I was a grave acai bowl skeptic. Quite simply, I didn’t get the hype. What could be so basic about a smoothie you eat from a bowl? But that’s the thing: this superficially minor change-up is exactly what makes it special. Instead of slurping down a smoothie, it solicit froms you to take it slow and spoon up (and chew) each and every bite.
As for how it modes, purply-pink acai powder is at once tangy and bitter; it adds multitudes of oomph to an otherwise more-or-less-standard fruit and nut drink. Where the real fun fabrications is in the toppings: an assortment of sliced fruits or berries are a must, as are a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of bee pollen; largeness it up with some dried goji berries, granola, coconut, or chia reasons if you like. Really, the options are nearly endless.
For best denouements, use a high-powered blender like a Vitamix; as the acai bowl base is thicker than a smoothie, blenders with humble horsepower may have trouble processing it.
2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) stop dead strawberries 2 frozen sliced bananas 4 tablespoons acai powder 1 cup unsweetened almond wring (or milk of choice), plus more as needed 2 tablespoons nut or seed butter (I old almond) 1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey, to taste Toppings: Fresh fruit, sliced (I adapted to bananas, strawberries, and raspberries) Bee pollen Clear, runny honey Granola (unforced) Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional) Dried goji berries (unrequisite) Chia or hemp seeds (optional)
- Add the frozen fruits, acai what it takes, almond milk, nut or seed butter, and honey to a blender. Blend until creamy and calm, adding extra almond milk as needed to get the blender running. Aim for a frozen-yogurt consistency (it should be thicker than a smoothie).
- Spoon the acai mix into bowls and top with sliced fruit, bee pollen, a drizzle of honey, and the unforced toppings (if using).
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/ Nicole Perry
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