Acai Bowls are really just another way to serve a smoothie. Like Kale and Coconut Water, they have become buzzwords in the world of clean living, and generally if there's an Acai Bowl on the menu, that's enough confirmation that you're in a good and healthy place.
I first experienced acai bowls in L.A, where they are almost easier to come by and certainly more popular than Cappucinos. When I returned to the U.K, it felt like i was making frozen acai pulp up completely. It was hardly even heard of let alone available to buy. So, until it became accessible to me, I made my Acai Bowls with Pure Acai Powder, combined with other frozen fruits, vegetables, superfoods and nut milk. Although the pulp is slightly more nutritious and adds depth and body to the final result, you can achieve the same kind of texture using the powder, by adding frozen berries or other fruits, like banana and avocado. The powder is highly concentrated and full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and is much easier to come across. You can find it in most health food stores and, even more conveniently, online. If you can't locate the pulp, invest in the powder and increase the ratio of frozen berries and ice in your recipe.
2 Handfuls Frozen Raspberries
½ Banana (fresh or frozen)
1 Mango (fresh or frozen)
2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
4 Tablespoons Coconut Milk, Almond Milk or Filtered water
Handful Fresh Mint or Basil
1 Sachet Frozen Acai Pulp or 5 Tablespoons Acai Powder
½ Inch Fresh Ginger
1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Powder, Bean Paste or Protein Powder
¼ Cup Soaked Nuts, Seeds, Tahini or Nut Butter of choice
4 Ice Cubes
Simply add all of the ingredients, starting with the liquid, to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. The mixture should be creamy and thick - almost ice cream consistency. Pour into bowls or glasses and top with your choice of fresh or dried fruit, extra superfood powders, natural sweetener and granola or Qnola.