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Breakfast Açaí Bowls

If you're the type of person who wakes up with a sweet tooth every morning, this recipe might change your life. Thanks to Instagram, I found out about these delicious bowls in 2013, started making them soon after I found frozen açaí at my local Whole Foods, and have been eating them for breakfast for several years now (yes, even when living in Chicago during the cold winters because they're just that good.)


What is açaí?

Açaí (prounounced ah-sigh-ee) is a dark, purple berry found in the Amazonian rain forests and is a great food source due to the following properties:

  • High in antioxidants (which help to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals in the body)

  • Excellent source of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids (which help to reduce inflammation, stabilize cholesterol, and make your skin glow from the inside out)

  • Natural source of energy (which is great for athletes, anyone who is looking to kick the caffeine habit, or anyone who just needs that extra pick-me-up in the morning)


Where can you buy it?

Online - I now buy my frozen açaí packets online in bulk from Nativo Açaí (pictured above-center) who, in my opinion, has the best and purest tasting açaí I've ever tried. The other great part about this brand is that you can purchase up to 20 packs (60 servings) and you don't have to worry about it melting because they ship it to you in a box containing dry ice.


Grocery Stores - Check the frozen fruit section - most stores now carry it in packs of 4.





My Recommended ingredients

Tip: I always purchase the unsweetened versions of both açaí and milks as the added sugar is not necessary. The ripeness of the bananas and sweetened granola add just enough sweetness.


Recipe Time!

Prep time: <5 minutes Serves: 1

Recommended tools:

  • High-speed blender, or

  • Food processor

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Açaí

  • 1 or 2 peeled, ripe, frozen bananas (unfrozen bananas are also fine, just use less milk)

  • 1/4 cup blueberries or your berry of choice

  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk

  • 1/4 cup granola for topping

Directions:

  1. Place the packet of açaí under a faucet running warm water for about 20 seconds. Do not completely thaw - you still want it frozen, but soft enough to break it apart a bit before opening.

  2. Break up the açaí in a few large chunks and open the packet of açaí and place the broken up pieces in a blender or food processor along with the bananas, blueberries, and milk.

  3. If using a multi-speed blender, begin blending on a medium speed to start breaking down the fruit. You may find that the blender will get stuck - this is fine. Turn the blender or food processor off and give the ingredients a stir with a spoon or spatula. Continue the blending process, until everything is incorporated and the mixture is smooth, creamy, and an ice-cream consistency.

  4. Pour in a bowl and top with granola, your favorite fruit, and/or coconut chips.

Additional tip: I prefer my bowls to have an ice-cream-like consistency, so I will usually use less milk. If you prefer a thinner texture, just use more milk or an unfrozen banana.

Enjoy!

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