I had mentioned that we got totally hooked on açai bowls while we were in San Diego. What I didn’t tell you was that we were so smitten that the night we got back home, David and I made a run to the market to stock up on the supplies we would need to make our own açai bowls the next morning. We figured that there would probably be a pretty big learning curve in trying to recreate the perfection we experienced at Better Buzz and that we should try to make our smoothie bowls while the taste was still fresh in our minds.
What we hadn’t counted on was that we would nail it our first attempt. David even had the genius idea to add fresh raspberries to the mix and I honestly can’t think of anything that isn’t improved by the addition of raspberries. With summer around the corner and fresh berries in season, I have a feeling that we’ll be having these quite frequently in the coming weeks. We are positively hooked and I hope that you will enjoy the following recipe as much as we do. If you aren’t a fan of açai, you can always experiment with other smoothies as your base.
Tropical Açai Bowls
Yield: 2 Servings
Smoothie Base Ingredients:
- 2 Unsweetened Açai smoothie packs (we like the ones from Sambazon)
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup açai juice
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup vanilla almond granola (we use a gluten-free granola, but feel free to sub your favorite granola)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 Tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut (sometimes I double this)
- ½ cup strawberries, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- Combine the smoothie base ingredients into a blender and blend well. It will be thick (which is what you want) but if you find that it isn’t blending easily enough, you can add more coconut water.
- Pour into two decent sized bowls (you need room for all of the toppings).
- Divide topping ingredients over the two bowls and enjoy!
Some people like to stir everything together while others will prefer to leave the toppings on the top. Either way it is delicious. You can totally play around with the topping ingredients and amounts (I rarely measure and just grab a few hand fulls here and there. Hope you like it!