It was right after I delivered Gray. I had a quick nap, I snuggled my brand new beautiful baby and then next thing I knew my sister was walking in with a large, icy cold acai bowl. It was in heaven! With all of it.
My first few weeks of motherhood, my sister never came empty handed. Eventually, I’d meet her at the shop, that was conveniently located right next to her office. We couldn’t stop. We didn’t even try. We even got BEN addicted to them!
The craving lasted MONTHS.
I was determined. It was time I replicated this acai bowl, at home. The first few times, it was too watery. I’m also not a huge banana fan so had to tweak a few times (adding frozen berries helped!) to find the right balance. My sister would literally spy on them as they made it at the shop and then text me.
It became a daily experiment. No complaints.
I almost saved this recipe for warmer weather, but the craving has returned. And I’ve clearly welcomed it.
Now I just need to figure out how to make a portable version of this so I can take it to work…
Berry Acai Bowl, Gluten-free
makes 1 large bowl or 2 small bowls
- 1 frozen acai packet – I like Sambazon, unsweetened or sweetened
- 1 small banana, preferably frozen
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 4-5 medium frozen strawberries
- 1/2-3/4 cup soy, almond or milk of choice
- coconut flakes, unsweetened
- fresh berries or fruit, depending on the season or preference
- gluten-free granola – currently liking this and this brand
- chia seeds
- ground flax seeds
- and/or whatever else is in season or sounds good
note: I found the best results were removing the frozen acai packet, wrap in a dish towel and with a heavy object (such as a hammer or garlic press?), beat the crap out of it. Best to do it on a wooden cutting board or hard subject.
Add all the ingredients into the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl or divide between two small bowls. Add toppings, as much or as little as you like.
*gluten-free *dairy-free – depending on milk of choice
January 12 2015