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How to make an Acia Bowl

words | Gabriela Rodiles | @gourmet_gab

These jewel-colored, topping-packed, fruit-loaded smoothie bowls are a refreshing and healthy way to start your morning this summer. Acai is a super-food from the Amazon with impressive health benefits. You don’t have to travel far to get it, though. You can easily find acai puree packets in the frozen fruit section of the grocery store! 

While people have been making acai bowls for years, I have been noticing even more creative mixing of produce, ingredients and toppings on social media lately. Customize your smoothie bowl to include your favorite fruits and yes, even veggies! Toss in some spinach or kale leaves for your daily dose of greens or throw in a handful of sliced zucchini or cauliflower–you won’t even taste it! For toppings, slice up any extra fruit, make a homemade granola or even drizzle some almond butter. These smoothie bowls will easily become a new favorite breakfast or snack for summer!

Ingredients

Makes 1 large smoothie bowl

Smoothie:

1 peeled banana
1 cup fresh/frozen strawberries and blueberries
½ cup fresh/frozen mango chunks
1 packet frozen acai
1 cup almond milk

Toppings:

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons granola
¼ cup blueberries
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon agave

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Gourmet Gab Acai Bowl

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients for the smoothie into the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add more almond milk or a splash of water if needed. Smoothie should be thicker than drinkable.
  3. Pour smoothie into a bowl. Top with kiwi slices, granola, berries, almonds and chia seeds in a row across the bowl to create a pretty design. Drizzle with agave.