Favourite Summer Recipe – Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl
The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find and commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been promoted for centuries as an energy-boosting, healing, immune-stimulating fruit. An exotic relative of the blueberry and cranberry, research has shown the amazing health benefits for your skin, heart, cells, weight stabilisation, and energy. Studies showing it may be able to support in the prevention of diseases associated with oxidative damage such as cancer and chronic inflammation.
Acai bowls can be found at most local juice or smoothie spots, but for those of you who loving whipping up your own favourite smoothies, this is one you can try making at home. To be clear: this is not the quickest and easiest of breakfasts (at first), but it is completely worth the effort. Try it and you’ll see.
Here in Australia, acai berries come not as a whole fruit, but as frozen puree or in a powder form. They can only be found in the freezer section of local health food stores or purchased online through Amazon or on the website of the biggest producers, Sambazon, Amazonia and Loving Earth.
Once you have found your acai puree, getting the right texture is the other tricky part. You want a consistency that is thick enough to be scoopable, but not so dense that it doesn’t blend all the way. (You definitely don’t want frozen chunks of acai in your bowl.) Normally, a mixture of acai puree with frozen fruit such as banana or strawberries — and sometimes almond milk, apple juice or coconut water to thin it out or add creaminess — gets you just the texture you need.
Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Gluten Free (GF), Vegan, Dairy Free (DF), Vegetarian (V). Serves 1. Takes 5 mins to make.
1 frozen acai packet
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup granola (also get from health food store)
1 tablespoon deiccated coconut
200ml coconut water or apple juice
1 tablespoon goji berries
1. Place the acai, mixed berries, chia seeds and coconut water into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until nice and smooth.
2. Transfer the smoothie mixture to a bowl. Top with granola, goji berries and coconut. Serve.