There’s countless food trends out there and most of them disappear as quickly as the blink of an eye in this very fickle world. One of them that I am sure of keeping and that I hope will stay around is the acai bowl. They feature a very tasty superfood from Brazil – the acai berry. It is known for an array of health benefits, but my favourite reason for using it is definitely its taste. Acai bowls are vibrant in colour, can be altered to your personal taste and nutritional needs and above all they make getting out of bed a whole lot easier.
Strictly speaking you shouldn’t call every breakfast bowl acai bowl, unless it actually features the tropical berry. But I do anyway. However if you do not live in the tropics and want to experience a real acai bowl both for health and taste reasons you might want to pay a visit to the frozen fruit section of large supermarket or get it in powdered form from your local health store.
Acai bowls look like ice cream, have a creamy texture like ice cream, and make you feel excited about your breakfast choice. They are almost too good to be true since they are indeed what our childhood’s breakfast dreams are made of. An indulgent, creamy bowl of sweet goodness and nobody that can tell you that it’s bad for you.
So how do you make such a bowl?
An acai bowl is basically a really thick smoothie that’s been topped with grains, fruit or nuts, and then you apply your face to it. Sort of. Making my first breakfast bowl took about half an hour. I wanted it to be perfect. Nowadays it takes me about two minutes and that includes washing out the blender. It is worth the initial effort of learning how to make these.
I personally found it is a 3 step process. Find the right fruit blend, find out how to get the right consistency and find the right topping.
1. Fruit blend.
Blend your fruit of choice in a high speed blender and add just enough liquid to create a thick, frosty and creamy mass. It really is personal preference but I found adding banana creates a very rich creaminess and sweetness.
As liquid you can use literally anthing you like. Water, nutmilk, coconut milk, coconut water, juice or vegan yogurt. It really is up to you.
Now this can be tricky in the start. If you are lucky you will just get it right from start. If not then you are presented with one of the following problems.
Fruit soup? To prevent a soup-like texture, add your liquid of choice gradually in small amounts. This gives you more control over the blending process and the consistency.
Fruit puree? If you have a too thick or even dry consistency, which happens when you use mostly frozen fruit then simply keep adding liquid slowly until it reaches the smooth and desired, creamy texture.
Once you got the texture right, arrange toppings of your choice on your acai mixture. Try to experiment with fresh or dry fruits, nuts, seeds, cereal or even spices and sweeteners like cocoa and agave syrup.
When you are done sit down and enjoy the fact that you just created something delicious for yourself. That it is very healthy is just the wonderful cherry on top.