If you're drinking your morning smoothie out of a glass, you're doing it wrong.
It's a scientific fact: Food just tastes better in bowls. Putting your smoothie in a bowl gives you an excuse to shower it with toppings, sundae-style.
These bowls of blended, frozen açaí (ah-SIGH-ee) purée topped with fruit, seeds, and granola make for an energy-packed breakfast or snack, and are super easy to make at home—all you need is a powerful blender and a few choice toppings.
To make these açaí bowls, you can find packs of frozen or pureed acai berry packs in the frozen aisle of your favourite supermarket or health food store. Pop a couple of the packs (depending on their size) into a powerful blender with a little coconut water and a banana to add creaminess. You could also use juice or hemp milk to thin out your fruit puree and up the creamy factor by adding avocado. As with any other smoothie, anything that'll get your fruit purée to a thick and creamy consistency will do.
Now, onto the fun stuff: the toppings that turn your açaí smoothie bowl into breakfast. We like a combo of strawberries, bananas, blueberries, granola, toasted coconut flakes, and hemp seeds. For a balance of flavours and textures, choose at least one topping from each of the categories below, then pile ’em on:
The Fruit: Nearly any bite-sized fresh fruit, such as berries, sliced banana or mango, pineapple chunks, or pomegranate seeds, will please your palate.
The Crunch: You can't go wrong with toasted coconut flakes or nuts, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, or granola.
The Health-Boosters: Try chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, or goji berries.
The Sweetener: A drizzle of agave, honey, or maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness.
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