I first had the pleasure of trying an acai bowl many years ago in my beloved San Diego, in an Encinitas café. I was especially pleased to find that acai bowls were equally as popular in Waikiki and I quickly sourced my favourite acai bowl dealer in that tropical part of the world. In the last 12 months many Melbourne cafés have introduced an acai bowl to their menus. If you are near Albert Park, give Urban Projuice's version a try.
But what is it? - the acai berry, like most beautiful things, comes from Brazil and grows in the Amazon floodplains on the acai palm tree.
Why do I need some? - apart from it tasting amazing it is one of the best super fruits in the world with such a low amount of sugar it is virtually negligible. This powerful little berry is full of antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.
How do I make it? - It's so easy and in under 5 minutes you will have a delicious bowl of paleo, refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan goodness that you can enjoy for breakfast or dessert. Now that’s my kinda dish.
Ingredients – serves 2
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 2 tsp acai powder
- ¼ cup of coconut water
- 2 strawberries - sliced
- A sprinkle of coconut flakes
- A sprinkle of almond flakes
- Place all of the Acai ingredients in a blender for 1 minute on the smoothie setting
- Pour into 2 bowls and top with the strawberries, coconut and almond flakes
It really is that simple and as a professional eater it is my go to dessert when I need something sweet but want to stay healthy. It is the ideal dessert for people looking to cut back on sugar. The pairing of the acai with the banana, blueberries and coconut water provides a heap of potassium, fibre, vitamins B and C. You can experiment with whatever toppings you prefer, like granola, muesli, pumpkin seeds or cacao nibs. You can even swap out the coconut water for almond milk.