Acai is one of those foods that gets thrown about as a cure all for everything. Go to any supplement shop and you'll see everything from energy drinks to skin lotions infused with acai in an attempt to make the product seem more alluring. Acai bowls are delicious enough to jusitfy eating them every day but people are always eager to list all the amazing benefits that supposedly come with consuming this berry. In reality acai berries are just like other berries and fruit in general – healthy and full of fibre and antioxidants but they don’t have super powers. This doesn’t make acai bowls any less delicious and a great breakfast option - it's never a bad idea to fill up on fruit! Albeit finding a good acai bowl can be difficult! Sometimes companies sell bowls that are so tiny you’ll be hungry 10 minutes later, or bowls without actual acai in them or bowls that are too thin and runny. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS indeed but we believe the perfect acai bowl is thick in consistency and tastes like more than just frozen ice cubes!
We won’t be talking about toppings in this blog because that’s pretty subjective – throw on whatever you fancy. We love toasted coconut flakes, granola and hemp seeds but the traditional Brazilian way is with fresh banana.
Handy rules to stick by
- Always use frozen fruit (why? creates a better consistency – think sorbet!)
- Always use acai puree rather than powder (why? better consistency, tastes better, healthier)
- Make sure your acai doesn’t have added sugar/isn’t diluted (why? there are healthier options that are the same price)
- Use bilberries or blueberries as well as acai puree (why? TASTE AND HEALTH!)
- Be lucky enough to have an insanely strong food processor or blender.
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 Pack of Frozen Acai
- 1/3 cup bilberries or blueberries (I love bilberries because they are really tangy and sharp)
- 1/3 cup liquid (coconut water, plant milk or just water)
- As minimal as that. You can add extra fancy powders or supplements but we've found this is our favourite acai bowl in terms of taste and consistency.
Throw it all in food processor and blend until smooth. If it is too thick add tiny amounts of liquid as you go – but not too much or you’ll just end up with a standard runny smoothie in a bowl! I have to admit, I used to make this on a vitamix blender and I eventually found it would wear down the blades and motor and it just didn’t sound good for the machine at all! I’m sure if you don’t make them that often it wouldn't be a problem but too much frozen fruit and little liquid can be damaging even on the strongest of blenders. My favourite piece of kitchen kit in the world is a Robot Coupe food processor - it also happens to make the perfect acai bowl or nice cream. They are pricey new but we found ours for cheap on ebay and there are lots of great second hand catering equipment websites out there!
Happy acai eating.. Sorry I didn't know how to end this blog.