DIY acai bowl recipe (with almond milk)

April 4, 2014

I love acai (sometimes called bonzai) bowls. I first fell in love with them in SoCal, where they are basically on every block. Sadly, here in Chicago, I have found only one place that makes them. With odds like that, I needed a more accessible fix.

acai bowls | midwestlovefest.comMajor benefits of the acai berry:

+Considered a superfood
+Potentially aids in weight loss
+High in anthocyanins (an antioxidant)
+May help fight cancer
+Linked to overall blood increase = better sex
+Promoted cardiovascular and digestive health
+Combats premature aging

(source / source)

Since many claims (like weight loss) aren’t 100% proven, I will say I eat this dish mainly for the taste and relative healthiness (it’s fruit!).

acai bowls | acai bowls | midwestlovefest.comTo get my fix, I read about Sambazon Smoothie Packs somewhere and saw you could purchase them at Whole Foods (and Amazon, obviously). A few weeks later, they were in my freezer.

To make an acai bowl or an acai smoothie, follow the directions on the back of the smoothie packet OR follow what I did. Since they recommend using more milk and more acai berry packets to make the bowl, I cheated and did a type of version of the smoothie. It’s a tad liquidy (makes sense since it’s supposed to be a smoothie), but I didn’t mind. I’d rather have it that way then have too much.

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DIY acai bowls
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Acai Bowl
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 1 Acai packet
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • granola
  1. Run the frozen acai packet under hot water for a bit, until you can snap it in half.
  2. Pour the acai packet into a blender and add milk. If you want to try for a more solid consistency, add the milk tablespoon at a time.
  3. Once blended, add any kind of fruit (I used a banana) on top.
  4. Sprinkle some granola (I used Trader Joe's Vanilla Almond Clusters).


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