Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Acai Breakfast Bowls Recipe


A few years ago my friend Liz come back from a trip to Brazil raving about the pristine beaches, beautiful people, and a delicious new food she tried called acai. Pronounced ah-sah-yee, acai berries come from acai palm trees found in Central and South America. They are touted as being a superfood for anti-aging, weight loss, and overall health - sounds good to me! In recent years I've seen acai pop up in smoothie shops and health food stores, but I hadn't tried it until now. I have seriously been missing out - why didn't I listen to Liz? I get what all the fuss is about now. Acai smoothies and bowls are incredibly refreshing, naturally sweet, and a great natural energy boost. An acai bowl with granola and fresh berries is my new favorite summertime breakfast or snack. Are you an acai fan too?
You just know something naturally that dark purple has to be good for you. Though you can buy acai bowls, they're easy to make and much less expensive when you do it yourself. Frozen pouches of pure acai can be found at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores. Look for it near the frozen fruit. Break it into large chunks and give it a good whirl in the food processor with any other frozen fruit and a banana, and you have a highly nutritious breakfast. No food processor? Use a blender, but add just enough apple or berry juice to blend. 

The girls loved this too. I told them it was "acai berry ice cream" and the devoured it. Really I felt like I was eating ice cream too - it's that good. Next time I'll make extra and freeze it in jars for grab-n-go breakfasts and snacks. This would also be great, and go a little farther, on some plain Greek yogurt.

Acai Breakfast Bowls Recipe

Makes about 1.5 cups (1 large, or 2 small servings) 

7 ounces frozen acai (available in the freezer section of Whole Foods and other grocery stores)
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango are all good choices)
1 banana
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup fresh berries (optional)
1/4 cup sliced banana (optional) 
2 sprigs fresh mint (optional garnish)

Break the frozen acai up into large chunks while still in the packaging. Remove from packaging, and place frozen acai chunks, frozen fruit, and banana in a food processor. Alternatively, use a blender with a little juice to blend. Transfer blended mixture to a bowl or bowls and sprinkle with granola and fresh fruit. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.


 

33 comments:

  1. I've been avoiding Acai berries for far too long, you've made them look so good, and you're absolutely right, anything that richly colored has got to have some good stuff going on. I love that you told your girls it was berry ice cream, my mom used to tell us that spinach was magic leaves :/

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  2. this is the better way for the moment to breAK into a day =) following you :)
    xo

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  3. I must hop onto the acai trend ~ looks wonderful. I bet my kids would love it too.

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  4. I have seen it in stores, especially acai smoothies, but haven't tried it yet. Looks like a fantastic breakfast!

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  5. This sounds so amazing and incredibly healthy too!

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  6. Fabulous! Now I don't have to go Backyard Bowls : ) I love drizzling honey on top too!

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  7. where did you find the wooden spoons? I love the natural look :)

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    1. Anthropologie. Aren't they cute?! They should still have them in the store and maybe online.

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  8. Looks like a perfectly healthy way to start the day Marina! I'll definitely have to give this recipe a try as the husband loves acai-anything.
    And after I have this healthy breakfast, I won't feel so bad indulging in a slice of s'more pie :)
    XO - Marion

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  9. That sounds really good. I want to pick some up the next time I am at Whole Foods.

    *Erin

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  10. Delicious and beautiful way to start the day!

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  11. I love acai. I never thought of eating it this way. I've just always had it in a smoothie. I'll definitely try it soon though. With greek yogurt sounds delicious!

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  12. oh just yummy. no better word exist- simply yummy!

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  13. This looks amazing just like the one at Earth Bar here in LA. SOOO excited to try it!

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  14. I have not tried acai but this recipe peaked my interest. Can you find it in any grocery store?

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    1. Hi there, I wouldn't say any grocery store. But most health food or natural foods stores. Whole Foods carries it.

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  15. I want this for dinner right now. Love the colors. Happy Friday Gorgeous!!! xoxoxo

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  16. Wow, looks delicious! And easy too, i like the fact that you don't have to use ice cream maker... :)

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  17. Sounds delicious! Now officially on the look out for frozen Acai. Also those bowls are beautiful, where did you get them!?

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  18. Beautiful! But I do worry about some photos not having your © on. Especially in the gallery. It should be made too difficult to photoshop away. You're not an amateur photographer, and before you know it, your photo is somewhere where it could have made a lot of money, and even worse....maybe someone else is getting credit for it.

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  19. I meant to put that comment on your last post! :)

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  20. First off, love your Pip plates! I'm obsessed with their tableware!!! Ahhhh...! As usual, I am in awe of your food creations and photography / styling! You're super Mom!

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  21. Anonymous10:38 AM

    These look amazing! Going to try once I get some berries :D

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  22. Yum! I tried it for the first time today and I completely love it!thanks for the recipe:)

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  23. Thank you for sharing. I just made one this morning. I never knew where to buy Acai, and finally saw frozen puree at the grocery store while buying some other frozen fruit. Up until today, Saturday mornings I would go to the Chicago French Market and get an Acai bowl from the restaurant RAW...now I can make my own. Awesome!!!

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  24. You need to be careful when buying acai at Whole Foods or any health food store to make sure it doesn't contain soy lecithin. This indicates lower quality acai was used to bind everything and thicken the purees; it also alters the flavor. If you are in the midwest or northeast, I recommend the Amafruits brand.

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    1. Thanks but I haven't seen that brand here in California. Will keep an eye out though!

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  25. Hi does the fruit have to be frozen in order to make this recipe?

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    1. Yes, I like it frozen. But you could always try it not frozen. It just won't be as cold like an ice cream or smoothie :)

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  26. Anonymous6:37 PM

    Where did you buy the berries?
    I can't seem to find them anywhere

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    1. Hi There, I can't find the actual berries either. I buy the packages of pureed acai at whole foods in the freezer section.

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  27. I love mixing it with hersheys syrup, sugar, and a few pats of butter. Acai taste so good. And its super healthy for you.

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  28. Anonymous1:37 PM

    I just tried my first acai bowl and I'm in love!! I plan to create my own versions at home now:)

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