I love smoothies. Especially in the summer when all of the fresh berries are in season. I’m obsessed. Honestly, is there any better way to cool off than with one of these refreshing drinks? I definitely don’t think so! Unless, it’s ice cream of course…Then that’s definitely a toss up.
I considered myself to be the “smoothie queen” when I was in college. My mom taught me how to make a dang good smoothie when I was growing up, so naturally I took her recipe with me when I moved out. I’d make smoothies for my roommates quite often, and they loved them. The funny thing is, my smoothies weren’t anything amazing, just a simple combination of orange juice, berries, banana, yogurt and ice. Nothing too special right? I thought they were so delicious, and I didn’t know there was anything better out there…
Meet acai bowl.
Since visiting Hawaii three years ago (how has it already been three years?!), I have seriously upped my smoothie game. Being the foodie that I am, I was naturally drawn to acai bowls. I saw people buy these smoothie-like bowls layered with fruit, coconut, granola and honey. And I knew I definitely had to get my hands on one of them. After trying the refreshing tropical treat, I couldn’t look at a normal old smoothie the same way again.
Now, I know acai bowls aren’t exactly the same thing as smoothies that you drink. But I consider them to basically be smoothies on steroids. Yum! So if you’re a big smoothie fan, there’s no way you won’t like acai bowls. The best part about acai bowls is the crazy variety of toppings. Coconut, honey, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, granola, you name it! Just thinking about it makes me want to head to Haleiwa again just for a delicious acai bowl and maybe some shave ice too while I’m at it…Ugh, I love Hawaii too much.
Ok, so acai bowls can be pretty expensive. Like $8 a bowl expensive. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly have the budget to buy one of those on a regular basis. Luckily, making your own acai bowl is so easy and you only need a couple of ingredients.
I love how versatile acai bowls are as you can use a variety of different toppings depending on your preference. The options are endless! Acai bowls make for a great breakfast, or snack, or lunch, or basically whenever you are in the mood for something healthy and refreshing. Midnight treat anyone?
So forget those traditional smoothies, it’s time to start making acai bowls instead!
Hawaiian Acai BowlPrint Recipe
- Smoothie Base:
- 1 cup almond milk, or milk of your choice (more or less depending on thickness of smoothie)
- 1 cup frozen berries (a combination of any of your favorite berries)
- 1 6 oz packet of frozen acai puree*
- 1 frozen banana
- Coconut flakes
Place almond milk, frozen berries and frozen acai puree in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Serve in a bowl and top with you favorite toppings.
*I love the Sambazon acai puree at Whole Foods, although you may be able to find it at Sprouts or Safeway too.