Hi Everyone! I know it has been a super long time since I have posted, but I really want to get into blogging again so here I am! Since it is so hot and humid out right now in the middle of the summer, I thought I would share with you one of the most refreshing meals to have on a hot and sticky summer day. Acai Bowls!!! These are basically delicious acai smoothie bowls, made with granola, fruit, and other toppings. Acai is nutritious berry grown in Brazil. It is packed with healthy antioxidants, however it is quite sour, so it is good to mix it in with other fruits.
I was introduced to these in Hawaii, at the Farmacy Health Bar in Maui. They make the best Acai bowls!!! Ever since I had this meal in Hawaii I have looked everywhere to find these in Tampa, and it is hard finding places that make them, and nothing compares to what I had at the Farmacy. So I have developed my own recipe and sometimes make these at home for a delicious summer meal. I hope that you all will enjoy this recipe!
- 1/2 cup granola (I like Kind bar brand coconut granola)
- 1 packet of frozen Acai (I purchase these ate Trader Joe’s, but I have also seen them at Whole Foods)
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/4 cup freshly cut papaya chunks
- 1/4 cup freshly cut strawberry chunks
- 1/4 cup freshly cut banana chunks
- Extra toppings of your choice – I used cocoa nibs, but unsweet natural almond butter, unsweet natural peanut butter, or flaked coconut all work well.
- Drizzle of local honey
In a large bowl, take half of the granola and put it in the bottom of the bowl. Place the frozen acai, almond milk, hemp seeds, and frozen mango chunks into a blender and blend until it is the consistency of a thick smoothie. Pour this mixture into the bowl on top of the granola. Sprinkle the rest of the granola on top of the smoothie mixture. Place the fruit chunks on top of the granola. Add the cocoa nibs or other toppings. Lightly drizzle the honey on top of everything. Enjoy your refreshing Acai Bowl!