THE CHEAP ACAI BOWL
to calm your obsession
I am obsessed with açai bowls..
If they have one on the menu I HAVE TO HAVE ONE!
The first time it appeared in a brunch place in Ghent I was SO EXCITED.
But also a bit sceptical, like:
Hmmm where did you by the açai berries?
Or is it the powdered açai packets that you put in a regular smoothie?
Because I already tried that trick and it didn't taste half as amazing as the real ones seem to taste like (assuming from what I see in the pictures of hipster LA bloggers anyway, ahum).
So my first ever real açai bowl was eaten at a yogafestival and I could not believe my luck!!
Yoga AND açai, this must be the dream!
I am a living cliché.
And you know what, it was the dream: the texture, the deep berry taste, the freshness, the sweet touch, the creamyness... Amazeballs.
Shortly after that I saw them popping up in some breakfast and brunch places, one at the time.
So I made it my mission to go and taste them all as soon as they released.
And two years later I am still obsessed with them.
I would even go as far as calling myself a conaisseur of açai bowls.
But even if I am obsessed with them, I am very often a tiny weeny bit dissapointed when I order them.
Let me explain.
For me the perfect açai bowl has to be super cold with an ice cream/sorbet like texture and have a dark deep purple shade.
Not too liquidy or watery and not a hue of soft millenial pink, which they often are.
The best real açai bowl for me in Ghent is at Plus +. They must have a killer blender because the açai has the texture of a really thick and creamy nice cream.
(This saturday I am going to BEO markt and I already saw they have one on the menu too, So of this one is better, I will let you know!)
But now onto my recipe. Although I love making açai bowls at home, a packet of frozen açai berries is hella expensive!! And also not very easy to find in most places. This is why I started making my own cheap version of the famous bowl and I am starting to actually like this even more than the real deal.
The base is super simple: Frozen blueberries, banana and spinach (mainly to add some healthy greens, this does not affect the taste at all) some lime and not to forget: chiaseeds to thicken the texture and create something a bit firmer.
- one banana
- one cup/ two to three big handfulls of frozen blueberries
- half a cup/ one big handfull of frozen spinach
- one and a half tablespoons of chiaseeds
- juice of half a lime
- depending of the strenght of your blender: just enough water for your blender to process the mixture
- a pinch of grounded cardamom
- a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter
- fresh strawberries or any berries
- some almond/peanut butter
- fresh basil!! I know this sounds weird but berries and basil is amazing paired together
So this is kinda self explanatory but just put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until the shade turn into a deep purple. If you let it sit for a about 5 min in your freezer or fridge, the texture will thicken.
And be sure to let me know what you think!