Acai Fruit Bowl

 

 

Acai fruit bowl

Acai Fruit Bowl

 

Acai Fruit Bowls seem to be all the rage at the moment and one of the reasons is that not only do they taste so good, but they are also very healthy too. They’re a bit like a very thick, cold smoothie  – almost like a melted berry ice cream, which you top with fruit or oatmeal.

fresh fruit for acai fruit bowl

 

The word Acai is actually pronounced “ah – sigh – eee” and it’s a super fruit which comes from Brazil. You can buy it frozen, as a juice or as a powder. The easiest way to get it, certainly in Zurich at any rate, is either frozen in a health food shop – or I got mine at Roots in Lintheschergasse near Zurich HB where it costs CHF 10 for 4 portions, each 100g. It looks like a very dark purple bar and produces a deep rich berry colour which gives the bowl colour. When it’s frozen though it looks almost black – see below:

Frozen acai fruit

In fact Acai Fruit Bowls fit in with a lot of different lifestyles – the recipe below is vegetarian, vegan, raw, paleo, gluten-free and grain-free. However, even if you’re a regular omnivore you’ll probably really like it too!

Ingredients

 

1 x 100g pack frozen acai (defrosted or partially defrosted)

2 or 3 Medjool dates pitted soaked in a cup of warm water (or more if you like it sweeter)

½ cup (120ml) coconut milk – more if you like it more liquid – or add a dash of Almond milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 tablespoon flax seed (optional)

½ small banana

½ cup frozen mixed berries (or berries of your choice)

1 handful of blueberries or strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

Fresh fruit and coconut curls to decorate. Optional flaxseeds too.

 

Method

  1. Soak the dates in a cup of warm water whilst you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Put the chopped banana, chia seeds, coconut milk, acai and frozen berries into a blender.
  3. Drain the dates and chop roughly and add to mix.
  4. Blend on high till thick and smooth.
  5. If it’s too thick simply add a dash more coconut milk or some almond milk.
  6. Serve in a large bowl and decorate with chopped fresh fruit and coconut curls and serve immediately.
  7. Alternatively cover and put in the fridge overnight and have for breakfast.

 

acai bowl

Enjoy !

*Note: feel free to interchange the fruit as you please. We used dragon fruit and kiwi as well as berries – but feel free to use your favourite fruits. Mango is great too. You could also use almond or rice milk instead of coconut milk and some people like to add a teaspoon or two of peanut butter. Others like to add half a cup of soaked oatmeal. If you need to make it sweeter add more dates, banana or agave syrup or honey. Tell us in the comments section below how you like to serve your acai fruit bowl – we’d love to hear!

Other breakfast recipes you may want to try out include:

Bircher Muesli

Beetroot Chia Pudding

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  1. Taylor says:

    Where do you get the granola for the topping?

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