Hey mamas! I feel like I haven’t “seen” you in forever! Lots of change going on over here, including a relocation for us. I’ll talk more about that in my next post, but first I’ve been dying to get this Acai Smoothie Bowl recipe out to you before Summer’s over!
As you know by now, I’m a big oatmeal fan. But sometimes even I need a break from the oats, particularly during the summertime when I’m craving something cool and fruity, but still filling and nutritious for breakfast. This Acai Smoothie Bowl is just the thing! It tastes like dessert, but I swear it’s insanely nutritious.
So what the heck is acai, and what’s all the buzz about? Acai berries are native to Brazil and have been touted as a superfood that boasts more antioxidants than any other berry. They’ve made their way into our grocery stores, primarily in the form of juice and packets of frozen pulp.
I’ve shied away from acai bowls and most smoothies shops altogether because they are SO loaded with sugar. What sets this Acai Smoothie Bowl apart is that it’s exclusively fruit sweetened, contains no added sugar, AND it includes a serving of spinach! Didn’t see that coming, did ya?! Spinach is a fantastic plant-based source of iron, folate, vitamin C, and other antioxidant-rich vitamins. All of the ingredients are all whole, real foods that will leave you satiated and energized unlike those smoothie shop sugar shots. This smoothie packs a plant-based protein punch without any weird, expensive, processed powders thanks to the almond butter, and even delivers a dose of omega-3s from the flax and hemp seeds.
Both of my boys (19-month-old son and husband) LOVE when I make this for breakfast. And I love watching them gobble up all the nutritious ingredients like candy! #momwin My little guy is getting more and more interested in helping in the kitchen. Playing with pots, spoons, and plastic pretend food isn’t cutting it anymore; he wants in on the real action. While it makes meal prep take much longer, creates more mess, and requires much more patience on my part, I’m giddy at the fact that he’s interested in cooking and helping me make healthy meals. This is a great recipe to have a toddler help with because you really can’t screw up a smoothie. Plus if you’re serving it in a bowl, they can add their own healthy toppings like hemp heart sprinkles and goji berries.
- 3.5-ounce packet unsweetened pure acai berry smoothie pack*
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries or blueberries
- 1 big handful fresh baby spinach leaves or mixed greens
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 2 dates, chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (adjust to reach desired consistency)
- 1/4 cup homemade granola or cereal**
- 1 Tablespoon goji berries
- 1 Tablespoon hemp hearts
- drizzle of honey or agave
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into bowl (or a cup if you're foregoing the toppings or need something on-the-go), and then decorate with desired toppings.
- *When you're shopping for the the frozen acai purée, be sure to read the labels and choose one that is unsweetened or else you'll be getting tons of unwanted added sugar. Sambazon, Acai Roots, and Ama Fruits are three brands I've found that make an organic, unsweetened option.
- **Pre-baby I had a lot more time and consequently had homemade granola on-hand more often. These days it's just easier to grab a box of cereal. I like using Food for Life Baking Co. Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Flax cereal. It's full of organic ingredients like sprouted grains and lentils and no sugar! That's so hard to find in a box of cereal. I love the heartiness that it adds to the traditional smoothie. It really keeps me satisfied and full.