Brazilian Açaí Bowl

Ingredients

(Serves: 1 - 2)
Time: 10 Mins
  • 2 tbs Açaí powder
  • 100 grams frozen banana (aprox 2)
  • 100 grams frozen red berry mix
  • 240ml Almond milk
  • 2 tbs yoghurt
  • 1 tbs honey
  • Toppings:
  • Passion Fruit, Mango, Blueberries, Pomegranate seeds, Kiwi, seedless grapes, blackberries.

The Açaí bowl (pronounced Ah-sye-yee) is a health food cliché, but I have to write about it because it is authentically Brazilian (I couldn’t really have a Latin food blog without it) and its DELICIOUS, not to mention incredibly good for you. I had my first one sat near a cafe on the beach in Natal, Brazil when I was little and have loved Açaí ever since. Sadly I had to wait every summer before I could indulge again…that is until Açaí-maina hit the UK faster then you could say ‘Whole Foods’ and now its incredibly easy to find Açaí powder or pulp here.

acai bowl

It is served very cold in Brazil, like a smooth ice cream or fro-yo and they SMOTHER it in fruits. I always find it strange to see it served with Granola… I prefer eating it with an assortment of tropical fruit to make every bit as exciting as the last. Raspberries and blueberries are naturally low in sugar so those make great toppings… Im definitely a more is more sort of girl however….

Açaí berries have been written about to death but just in case you need reminding:

‘Açaí is superfood that grows in the Brazilian Amazon. The antioxidant-rich dark purple berries are packed with amino acids, as well as vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. The berries go bad quickly after being picked, so they are often made into juice, supplements or powder, which can be whizzed into  smoothies. It curbs appetite and gives an energy boost making it a great drink to have before a workout.’

You can read more about Açaí and other South American superfoods HERE.

acai bowl

Method

  1. Start by chilling a medium size bowl in the freezer.

  2. Blend all ingredients (except toppings) until smooth.

  3. Chop mango and peel and chop kiwi.

  4. Remove bowl from freezer and fill with the Acai smoothie

  5. Top with chopped Mango, Blueberries, Pomegranate seeds, chopped Kiwi, grapes and blackberries.

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