If you have an instagram account and have the slightest interest in fitness, you’ve probably seen gorgeous açaí bowls (pronounced ah-sah-ee!!!!!) floating around. Açaí is high in antioxidants, calcium, and vitamins A & C. They are also high in unsaturated fats which can make for a great post-workout treat.
In Brazil, they are enjoyed by surfers and folks after the beach—I enjoyed my first açaí about 15 years ago and it has been a favorite of mine since then. When the trend first hit the States, I rolled my eyes but was also excited I would get to enjoy a childhood favorite treat of mine. The few times I’ve had açaí here, I’ve been a bit disappointed—I’ve discovered that a lot of time it is made from an açaí powder and it doesn’t really taste like the real thing. Açaí berries can be hard to find and are on the expensive side so I understand why powders are necessary.
It’s time for some full disclosure: I made this by accident. I was trying to make a green smoothie after a workout and didn’t realize my spinach had gone bad. I was set on a smoothie and the only frozen fruit I had were mixed berries and mangos. I blended them together with some almond milk and was getting ready to drink it. My smoothie was too thick to drink and so I decided to make a smoothie bowl—something that isn’t foreign to me. I topped it as I would any smoothie bowl and started to enjoy it. I was immediately brought back to my youth on vacation visiting family in Brazil and it hit me—this tasted pretty damn close to the best açaí bowls I’ve had.
It isn’t a perfect dupe but it’s pretty damn close. Because this recipe is made with fruit available at most supermarkets, it is easy to get everything you need at a reasonable price. If you are looking for something to supplement açaí berries, go ahead and add some goji berries—these share a lot of the same properties of açaí berries. They are high in antioxidants and a variety of vitamins.
Faux Açaí Bowls (serves one)
1 cup frozen berries (I used a mix of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries).
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks.
1/2-3/4 cup liquid of your choice, as needed (recommended: almond milk or coconut water).
toppings of your choice (sliced fruit, chia seeds, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, hemp shells, etc…)
optional: 1/4 cup frozen goji berries.
Place berries (goji too if you are using them), mango, and liquid into blender. Blend until smooth. Mixture should be on the thicker side. Pour into bowl and top accordingly. Enjoy ;).
Let us know how you like these faux açaí bowls (or if you have a cheap supplier of real açaí berries, let me know……) Tag your açaí bowl creations with #30thandweldon!