I first fell in love with acai bowls when visiting New York City a few years ago. My girlfriends, who had been in town for a few days staying with our friends who were living there, were already bonkers for them. Everyone was! On street corners and park benches I'd see folk eating these weird and wonderful purple purees. Ground up acai berries and frozen fruit were a delicious antidote to the New York City August heat. And last year, at Coachella, determined to stay hydrated I devoured acai bowls on the daily. Topped with sliced banana and granola, they're just about the most refreshing and filling breakfast. Or post hike smoothie... Back home in Australia we are set for an outrageously warm week. Melbourne in January is either dreary and dismal or disastrously hot. Are you surviving the heat ok, lovelies? Please, stay hydrated. I'm just hanging around my freezer and frequently tipping buckets of water on my head. You know, the usual. I also have a bag of acai powder and a freezer full of frozen bananas to help me get through these stinking Summer days.
Acai berries are a real treat (they're certainly not cheap), packed full of antioxidants and a vibrant taste. I'm a fan of all berries, really, but I felt such pangs of nostalgia when I saw acai powder in a store at Christmas time I purchased a bag and gifted it to myself. I am so thoughtful like that. Today was the perfect day for a breakfast acai bowl, to help me chill out and try to enjoy this crazy Summer.
I might just live at the beach this week. Or in my freezer. And my diet shall consist of salad, nut butter straight from the jar and acai bowls.
1 large frozen Banana (or 2 small, as I used)
1 heaped tablespoon Acai Powder (you can use 1/2 cup frozen acai berries, for a thicker and more vibrant bowl)
1 glug of Milk
1 teaspoon Pure Maple Syrup or 1 medjool date
Toppings: toasted nuts and seeds, sliced banana, granola to serve
1. Puree the banana with some milk and the syrup or date (adding more if your blender is not very proficient) until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the acai powder and puree until incorporated.
3. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and add toppings.