It’s all Logan’s (my amazing daughter, now a student at Northeastern) fault. She asked me a few times if I had every tried an acai bowl (pronounced ah-sigh-ee). I thought it was just a high-income-range fad, and no, I had not tried one when she came home for a two-week summer visit. Logan treated me to an acai bowl at Goodness for Mother’s Day, where we both tried the Warrior bowl, which is topped with sliced fruit, cacao nibs and house-made granola and lots of other goodies. I was hooked.
Before Logan went back to school we tried acai bowls at Whole Foods. While the size of the bowl was impressive, the toppings were not satisfying, as in there weren’t that many, other than a little granola and some banana slices. The granola was ok. No cacao nibs, seeds, berries, etc. We also tried making our own at home, but the single-serve packets of frozen acai is pricey, at $2 or more per serving.
To my surprise and delight, I checked for them at Costco, and for about the same price as 4 packets at Whole Foods or other stores, you can get 10 packets at Costco. Hurray!!! In all honesty, I like the acai bowls that I make at home the best, as I have complete control over how much topping is served, which in my case means a lot of toppings!
To make an acai bowl, take a single-serve sleeve and run it under water (room temperature) for about 30 seconds, just enough to break up the frozen acai a bit. Blend in a single-serve size blender, or a standard blender, with 1/4 C. nondairy milk of your choice (or juice) to desired consistency. I like mine on the thinner side, more soup-like, but some prefer a thicker bowl.
My typical acai bowl topping:
sliced fruit, 1 Tbsp. raw cacao nibs, 1/2 C. granola, 2 Tsbp. Trader Joe’s Super Seed Ancient Grain Blend, 1 Tbsp, Goji Berries, sprinkle of hemp seeds, 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
That’s enough protein to keep me going for a long time!