I recently have become OBSESSED with acai bowls from my local health food store. They are absolutely delicious, filling and a great way to get your day started. Unfortunately they are not the cheapest purchase to be made, but good news is they are super easy to make at home.
Another plus to homemade acai bowls, is that you can control what goes in and on to your breakfast. Most of the time when I order one from a store I omit the granola because more likely than not the oats aren’t gluten free and I end up paying for it later. I came up with a granola recipe that I am absolutely in love with and I make a big batch of it and keep it in my fridge. It lasts for months. I use it on everything, I love roasting fresh fruits and topping them with a sprinkle of granola, for a healthier dessert cobbler. The flavor of the granola is earthy, warm, slightly sweet with a hint of a sea salt finish.
This morning I am not feeling very well, the cold that I have actively avoided all season has started to creep up on me. As soon as I feel the first tickle in my throat I load up on vitamins and herbs and most of the time I am able to kick the bug before it rears it’s ugly head. Acai berries have incredible antioxidant properties, so in addition to my vitamin and herb regimen, I made one one of these bowls for breakfast and already am starting to feel a bit better.
Here’s to your health and a fabulous day!
Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl w Gluten Free Salted Maple Granola
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 packet (100grams) unsweetened acai puree
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- For the Topping
- 1/2 banana
- mixed berries
- granola (make ahead, recipe below)
- shredded coconut
- Take one acai berry packet that’s still wrapped in plastic and give it a few good bangs on the counter to break it up into pieces. Open the package and pour the acai into a blender. Add frozen banana and berries and 1/2 of the milk and pulse the blender a few times. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Then turn blender on low and add rest of milk. Turn on high until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few more times. Add a bit more milk if neccessary.
- Once the mixture is smooth, spoon into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
(Makes 4 cups)
- 4 cups GF oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Spread out on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring half way through the cook time.