Acai Bowl Recipe – Nutrient Rich Breakfast

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The first time I had an acai bowl was in Hawaii. It was delicious and topped with fresh pineapple, mangoes, granola and blueberries. I felt great after eating it, despite the humid and hot tropical morning. Unlike a diner breakfast, I felt refreshed and full of energy. I was ready to continue the vacation day of hiking and snorkeling.

When we got back, I looked around town for places that made acai bowls. Fortunately, the benefit of living in southern California is we have a lot of healthy food options. On the other hand, it’s always expensive to dine out. Acai bowls average $8-9 each for half the amount of food in this recipe. There was no way we can afford that for 2 people, at least two times a week. That will cost us $36 a week for 2 people! My average grocery bill is less than that and covers 6 meals. Buying all the ingredients and making it at home costs $11, with enough fresh fruit leftovers to make at least 4 more bowls or to use for smoothies.

This acai bowl recipe is a staple in our house. You will get at least 3 servings of fruit for the day and that’s just at breakfast. According to the American Heart Association, 3-5 servings of fruit is recommended per day on a 1,600 – 2,000 calorie diet. They break it down in this chart.

Here’s a summary for the fruit section:

  1. Eat a variety of colors & types, because more colors equals more variety of vitamins.
  2. Eat 3-5 Servings per day.
  3. One Serving = 1 medium fruit (baseball size) OR 1/4 cup dried fruit OR 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit OR 1/2 cup fruit juice

Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe

Recipe serves 1

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes (depending on how much fruit you need to cut)

Total Cost=$3.69

Ingredients for the Acai Bowl

1 pack of Organic Sambazon frozen Acai Puree – $1.50

1 Organic Banana, Medium size – $0.30

1 organic green or purple Kale leaf, torn into large pieces & stem is optional (lots of nutrients in here!) – $0.10

1/4 cup fresh Blueberries – $0.63

1/4 cup fresh Raspberries – $0.63

1/4 Mango, diced, about 1/2cup – $0.25

1-2 tsp Honey – 0.03

1/4 cup water or non dairy milk or coconut water – $0.25

Optional toppings: shredded coconut, granola, other chopped fruit

How to make the Acai Bowl

  1. Start by letting the acai puree thaw while you wash and cut the fruit.
  2. Once you are able to break the acai puree in the packet in half, it’s has thawed enough to begin the process.
  3. In your blender of choice you will add the ingredients in the following order:
  • banana
  • acai puree broken into 3-4 pieces
  • kale leaves
  • honey
  • pour only half of the water or liquid of your choice

4. Start the blender. If it’s still too dry or lumpy, add more liquid one tablespoon at a time. The blend should be thick and creamy.

5.  Empty the contents out into a bowl and top with your fruit and enjoy!

 

My husband loves granola with his bowl, so I created this recipe for us. It’s super easy and makes only 2 dirty dish to clean up: the pan and spatula used for stirring everything.

 

 

 

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