A few years ago I fell in love with acai bowls. I had never heard of an “acai bowl,” but I was definitely acquainted with acai. We had previously had it in sorbet mixed with chocolate or blueberries, or in powder form. I went to a smoothie bar and tried my first acai bowl. A typcial acai bowl is made with acai puree, bananas, some kind of liquid (usually soy milk), and maybe some other fruit added in. They are topped with granola and a drizzle of honey, and they are delicious!
Sambazon sent me some coupons to get some packs of their acai smoothie packs. They heard somewhere that I really like smoothies. :) So I headed over to the store and picked up a few packs to use in my daily green smoothies and smoothie bowls. I really love what the acai puree adds to my smoothies. I like knowing I’m packing in a few more antioxidants with every sip.
For this recipe, I wanted to make it a super-duper superfood acai bowl. (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my dark purple smoothie from the other day. It was outrageous!) I’m kind of addicted to kale in smoothies now. I really changed my mind this past year. I use the deepest, darkest kale I can find. Trader Joe’s sells pre-washed, chopped organic Tuscan kale for a really good price, so that’s my shortcut tip. I didn’t add a banana to this, but if you prefer a sweeter acai bowl, go for it. The wild blueberries were sweet enough for me. I use almond milk, but you can also use coconut or soy milk, kefir, coconut water, fresh juice, or even water.
Instead of granola, I topped mine with lightly toasted coconut flakes, chia seeds and hemp hearts. Healthy food never tasted so good!
- One 3.5 ounce package unsweetened acai puree
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ large banana, optional
- Optional toppings - hemp hearts, toasted coconut, chia seeds
- Place ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth, stopping and scraping down sides, as needed.
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with desired toppings.
I have used both acai powder and acai puree. If you are on the lookout for acai, you will find it in the freezer section of your grocery store – usually with the frozen fruit. It comes in small pouches typically in a 4-pack. I’ve also heard it’s available in larger packs at Costco, but I need to investigate that.
I follow the thawing directions on the back, which says to thaw under running water. It only takes a few seconds for it to thaw out. This is the unsweetened pure acai, but you can also find packs that include guarana for a natural energy boost.
Disclosure: Samazon sent me coupons to purchase acai. All opinions are 100% my own, and I never recommend or review anything I don’t actually love and use in my own kitchen and home.