If you haven’t noticed the craze out there for acai bowls then you’ve clearly been under a rock because these things are everywhere. I decided to stick my toe in the water and my own Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut Bananas and Hemp Seeds that is so delicious I’ve been eating for breakfast every morning since last week. It’s incredibly easy to make and is so versatile depending on what fresh fruits are in season and on sale.
To make the acai bowl, it starts with acai powder. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it, because honestly I haven’t either, but after doing some research I discovered that it considered a “miracle fruit” from the Amazon jungle and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. I have no clue if the indigenous folks eat this fruit in it’s raw state but it’s mostly consumed here in the states by way of powder. Simply dump some acai powder into a blender along with some almond milk and some of your favorite frozen berries and blend. Now because I like a little sweetness I add a touch of honey to it, but it doesn’t stop there because you can go crazy during this part. You can add yogurt, or agave or fresh fruit, really it’s totally up to you!
The other part of the recipe gives you full creativity as well. I had so much stuff I planned on putting the acai bowl recipe that clearly never made it simply because I ran out of room, oh well! I knew I wanted to use some fresh berries, bananas and coconuts and some sort of protein. While you can add some protein powder during the blending process I wanted something a bit more natural and went with Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed Hearts. With it’s nutty flavor they are absolutely delicious eaten raw and are even better when served up with this Acai Bowl. Hemp seeds are loaded with protein, provide all of the essential amino acids and are packed with omega 3 and omega 6 acids, literally jam packed.
When it comes to serving up this Berry Acai Bowl Recipe with Coconut Bananas and Hemp Seeds there is no need to fan everything out like I did because let’s be honest all of this is going to the same place. You can however simply pile it high with all of these delicious toppings and eat away. One morning I actually folded everything in after I blended it, put it in a cup and was out the door. Perfect!
Get creative with this recipe and only use it as a guideline. Feel free to add in or take out whatever you like or don’t like but be sure to pack this thing full of protein, vitamins and nutrients!
- 2 cups of vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup of frozen raspberries
- ½ cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 ½ teaspoons of acai powder
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 sliced banana
- ½ cup of fresh blueberries
- ½ cup of sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 sliced strawberries
- 3 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed Hearts
- ¼ cup of Bob’s Red Mill Plan Granola
- 6 to 8 fresh raspberries.
- In a blender, puree together the almond milk, frozen raspberries, frozen blue berries, acai powder and honey until smooth.
- Transfer the thick acai smoothie to a bowl and evenly layer on the sliced banana, fresh blueberries, shredded coconut, sliced strawberries, hemp seeds, granola and fresh raspberries.
- Serve cold!