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Gluten-free Acai Bowl

I want to start this off by saying, that I know it’s cliche to put an Acai bowl recipe on a blog with vegan recipes, but they really are so good! This is something that I definitely consider a treat, because Acai bowls are usually full of sugar, and Acai is not cheap. That being said, when I do make these I always use the Sambazon unsweetened Acai, and I will usually use homemade granola if I have it around. One of my favorite ways to make an Acai bowl is to mix fresh and frozen fruit,I add fresh fruit to make it sweeter, but I add frozen fruit because I want the coldness of the frozen fruit so that I get a thick smoothie like texture. I personally don’t add a lot to my smoothie bowls, I will usually just use what frozen berries I have on hand, add hemp milk, and then top it off with more fresh fruit, granola, and nuts. The fun thing about making a smoothie bowl though, is that you can really add whatever you want, you could add yogurt to make it sweeter and thicker, or you could add vegetables, flax seeds, and protein powder to make it healthier. I personally try to keep it a bit healthier to make sure I really absorb the nutrients in the Acai. Acai is full of antioxidants, it’s high in fat and low in sugar, and it might even help boost brain function.

The first thing you should do is let the Acai thaw, you can either leave it out on the counter for a little while which works really well on a hot day, or you can run it under hot water until it melts. After doing that I add all of my ingredients to my blender, and blend until smooth. If you have a food processor you might find it easier to get a thick, smooth consistency.

After everything is blended add it to a bowl and add your toppings. I always add granola, nuts, and fresh fruit, but you can add whatever you want.

Ingredients: 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit 1 ½ cups hemp milk 1 Acai packet

Preparation: 1. Thaw Acai packet. 2. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. 3. Add smoothie to bowl and add toppings. 4. Enjoy!

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