These beautiful and nutritious bowls make a delicious lunch or breakfast. Now that the weather is warming up, I crave them regularly. Lucky for me, my favorite açai place has re-opened for carry-out Fridays through Sundays. But what to do on Mondays through Thursdays?!
Here is what I came up with, and it did not disappoint. The “recipe” makes two bowls. Put one in the freezer for later or, as I did today, gift one to someone in your house to enjoy. My version is in the photo above. My husband added his own toppings, which are arguably prettier than mine (but I don’t care for the seeds in blackberries — they get stuck in my teeth — and I find pineapple too sweet).
Another wrinkle: Though I had frozen açai packets from Whole Foods in my freezer — a pre-COVID purchase — they seem to have disappeared from the Whole Foods’ shelves. Google says you can substitute frozen blueberries, which I’ll try next time. For these bowls, I found another substitute at the same grocery that worked well. It’s a frozen cubed product meant for smoothies that have açai berries in its ingredients (along with other healthy fruits, veggies and proteins and no added sugar). These triangular cubes come in a plastic wheel-shaped mold. I used one whole “wheel” to make two servings.
The point is, there is a lot of flexibility in creating these bowls. Make them your own!
- 2 frozen açai packets (or one wheel of açai smoothie cubes or 1/3 cup frozen blueberries)
- 1 cup frozen mango (in this case I used a tropical blend of frozen fruit that included banana, pineapple and mango)
- 1 Tbs. almond butter
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- Unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla flavoured), enough for blending, approx. 1/2-1 cup
- Toppings of your choice: sliced banana, strawberries, or other fruits, granola, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried coconut, etc.
- Peanut Butter drizzle (I used 2 Tbs. natural peanut butter and 1 tsp. maple syrup)
- Combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender. Use enough milk to get the blender motor moving. (We have a Vitamix which is exceptionally powerful, but I still had to tamp the frozen stuff down a few times and run the mixer twice to get the ingredients to form a soft-serve ice cream type consistency.)
- Divide the blended frozen concoction between two bowls.
- Add the toppings of your choice.
- Microwave the peanut butter and maple syrup (or honey) a few seconds and whisk until you can drizzle it over the toppings. (Try as we did, we could not get the nut butter drizzly enough so it was more like glopping the mixture onto the bowl.) No matter what, you’ll end up mixing everything together as you eat. Drizzle or glop, the end result is delicious!
Feel free to send me a photo of your creations. They are like works of art in my eyes!