One of my favorite things to do when the weekend rolls around is to head to my nearest juice shop for a fresh green juice and an acai bowl (my favorite is this one). I’m well aware of how cliche that sounds coming from an LA resident, but there’s just something about starting your morning off with a nutritious breakfast that sets the tone for a productive day. I often recreate my favorite green juice at home with my NutriBullet, but I never considered attempting my beloved acai bowls. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure where one could buy acai. Was it sold in a berry form? A frozen puree? A juice? A powder? All of the above? And if so, which one was I supposed to use? The intimidation factor prevented me from ever attempting a homemade version, but after Graze reached out to introduce their new line of super food snacks, which included their Brazilian acai powder, I decided to put my fears aside and let fate step in.
I had read that in order to capture the purest, boldest flavor, there shouldn’t be any added sugar or preservatives, so I was thrilled to learn that Graze’s version was made from 100% acai. I followed the recipe below and was blown away by how delicious and easy these were to make. They taste just like the acai bowls I look forward to each weekend, so it’s nice to know that I can whip one up in a matter of minutes without leaving the comfort of my own home. And because the acai powder is packed with flavor, a little goes a long way, making this homemade version much more cost-effective. I’ve been enjoying these as a light, refreshing breakfast, but they’re just as satisfying for a midday snack or healthy after dinner treat. Here’s how I made them:
3 tablespoons of Brazilian acai powder
2 cups frozen strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Fresh fruit, sliced (I used bananas, strawberries, raspberries, & blackberries)
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Graze baobab & raspberry clusters
Drizzle of honey (optional)
Place the frozen fruits, acai powder, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth, adding extra almond milk as needed to achieve a frozen yogurt consistency. Spoon the acai mixture into bowls or jars and top with sliced fruit, bee pollen, unsweetened coconut flakes, baobab and raspberry clusters and a drizzle of honey (if desired).
*Thank you to Graze for collaborating on this post.