Happy first day of August! I can’t believe how fast June and July went by. I’ve always had kind of a love/hate relationship with the month of August. When I was younger, I hated when August rolled around because it meant that summer was almost over, but it was also a great reminder to live it up and make the most of the last summer days. These past few years have been a little different because I actually get really happy when August is here. It’s probably because I’ve been so excited for what was/is to come.
2 years ago at the end of August is when I moved out to San Diego to begin graduate school. I can remember that move like it was yesterday, with my parents in town and a weekend filled with a ton of unpacking and IKEA furniture building. It was also SO hot and humid then, kind of like how this entire summer has felt…
My time in San Diego has been so wonderful, and I soon caught on to the chill and relaxed way that many people live their lives here. I easily adapted to the new food selections as well, which brought me to trying an Acai bowl for the first time. I cam remember feeling like I had just tasted maybe the best thing ever. The frozen, thick texture of the acai mixed with the fresh berries and granola.. It’s safe to say that after that first bowl I was hooked and have been ever since.
While I can never pass up a good acai bowl, I also have come to learn that they can be a little on the spendy side. Because of this I thought it would be a great idea to try making my own. I have actually been wanting to try this for a long time, but the task of making it taste just as yummy as they do at the cafes I go to seemed kind of scary to me. Luckily after a few tries I can proudly say that this recipe is just as good as your usual acai bowl that you’d order at a restaurant or cafe, but its a much cheaper and convenient way of getting to enjoy them.
Make Your Own Acai Bowl
For the Acai:
– 1 packet of Trader Joes Organic Acai Puree (found in the frozen section)
– Half of a semi-ripe banana
For the toppings:
– 1/2 Cup of your favorite granola
– Fresh strawberries, sliced
– Other half of banana, sliced
– 1 Tablespoon honey (could use maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan substitute)
– 1 handful of coconut flakes
– Anything else (other fresh fruit, cacao nibs, nut butter for added protein, etc.)
– Take Acai Puree packet out of the freezer and run under warm water for 5-30 seconds or until you can break it up into smaller pieces (packaging says 5 seconds but it always takes a little longer for me)
– Cut a corner of the packet and drain liquid and frozen acai puree chunks into the blender
– Break half of the banana into small chunks and place it in the blender
– Blend until completely smooth (30 seconds – 1 minute). Use a spatula to clean the sides of the blender
– Keep the acai in the blender and place it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to keep it cool
– While it is in the fridge, prepare your toppings by slicing the strawberries and banana and measure out your granola and coconut flakes
– Put half of the granola serving at the bottom of a glass bowl
– Place a few strawberries and bananas on top of the granola
– Take acai out of the fridge and carefully pour it into the bowl on top of the granola and fruit. Use a spatula again to get it all out of the blender
– Top the acai with the remaining granola, strawberries and banana slices. Sprinkle coconut flakes around the top and drizzle with honey. Add any other toppings you want
The acai puree packets make just enough acai for a small/medium bowl. That is the perfect amount for me to chow down on and not feel too full after. If you wanted to make yours bigger you could simply use 2 packets and 1 whole banana when blending. Don’t forget to mix it all up and then dig in right away so that the acai doesn’t melt and become too soupy. I hope you get the chance to make this recipe for a nice summer treat, and if you do let me know how it is!