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Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries


Posted by on March 25, 2017 / 12 Comments

Acai bowls are packed full of antioxidants. Common in Cali, they’re easily customizable, but today I’ve opted for a classic acai bowl with mixed fruit.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

When I was in Chicago last week someone asked me if I miss having distinct seasons living in California. My answer (without even hesitating) – nope, not at all. I’m a warm weather girl, through and through. I guess you could say it’s in my DNA. It’s also why I’ve chased the sun across the globe for a year of perpetual summer and why my explorer soul has me yearning for destinations full of sunshine, beaches and palm trees.

Now that spring has sprung in Cali, I’m already switching gears from heavier, wintry meals to fruity smoothie bowls. You guys know I love my smoothie bowls (see: mango, cherry, pitaya and green smoothie), but shockingly I didn’t yet have a recipe for an acai bowl.

Acai bowls are the quintessential smoothie bowl. Especially in California.

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If you’ve never had an acai bowl, you’re in for a sweet treat. Acai (pronounced a-sigh-ee) is a small, round, purplish berry from the acai palm. Acai palms are native to Brazil and the upper parts of South America, as well as Trinidad, an island that’s been on my “to visit” list for a while.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

A few years back, acai became the new exotic “superfood” – and while the fervor may have since died down, I still love acai for it’s fruity flavor, antioxidants and nutrients. When you add mixed berries and a variety of toppings, you get a delicious, berry-packed, cooling smoothie bowl that starts your day right. And all you have to do is throw it all together in a blender. Super easy.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

I made this smoothie bowl with frozen acai puree, but you could also use acai powder. If you grab the frozen acai puree, make sure to get unsweetened. There’s no need for added sugar considering the sweetness of all the fruit. Then, I added a few tablespoons of homemade almond butter and collagen for protein goodness, but the beauty of acai bowls are how easily customizable they are.

I love acai bowls for all their chewy goodness, but if you’re looking for something sippable make sure to check out my strawberry acai smoothie.

Next week I’m heading to New York, where the weather is rainy and cool, so this week I’m soaking up the 80 degree, blissful SoCal sunshine and enjoying my fruity acai bowl.

Enjoy!

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Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai bowl with mixed berries. A delicious, healthy, gluten-free smoothie bowl for breakfast or lunch.

Acai Bowl with Mixed Berries

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

The acai bowl is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. Make it your own with a variety of toppings! 

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Instructions

  1. Place all the acai bowl ingredients together in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. 

  2. Pour into two bowls and top with mixed fruit and a variety of toppings. 

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  • Liz Stark

    Açai bowls are definitely a worthy trend – delicious, gorgeous, and so versatile! Love your recipe. And keep enjoying the warm weather for me! It’s FINALLY starting to warm up here, but you obviously have me beat with the temperatures, haha ;)

    • So glad it’s warming up for you! Time for you to defrost! ;) And my warmth will be balanced with cold NY weather next week. Lol.

  • Andrea Broom

    Its funny I lived in Rio when I was about 12 for abut a year and I remember how common acai bowls were and in the last couple of years they have boomed everywhere. I really like that you topped yours with bee pollen its great with spring for allergies.

  • Bintu – Recipes From A Pantry

    Super healthy and packed full of goodness. Love all the hemp seeds as well as the acai

  • Shihoko Ura

    Perfect for the Queensland weather!! It is still quite hot here and acai bowls are very popular breakfast here. I have acai powder in my pantry, so will try this very soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe <3

    • Ahh, jealous of your warm weather and bummed that I didn’t spend time in Oz this winter! Perhaps next year again. But yes, acai bowls are the best! :)

  • Gillian M Thompson

    What a beautifully enticing breakfast. Love all your topping combinations.

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