This is a case where the original Acai bowls travel way up north to Montana, meet huckleberries, and it equals my new favorite breakfast! Acai bowls are becoming wildly popular because of their health benefits – read – packed with nutrition. The basic principle is, Acai smoothie + fresh fruit topped with granola or museli. I loved the idea of an edible smoothie, something to eat rather than drink in the morning!
I knew the challenge for me would be finding Acai berries in any form. So far luck isn’t with me, I found 1 brand but it was pasteurized, which sort of defeats the point of fresh fruit enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidents. I decided to go with something local instead – huckleberries (wild blueberries work as well and Costco is carrying them). I’m definitely going to keep searching for a good source of Acai, (online shopping here we come) because I’d like to try these the original way!
My berries were thawed, so the smoothie blended up nicely. If you’re using frozen berries (or you’ve found frozen acai purée), place the orange in the blender first to help it blend better, you may need to add a small amount of water if it’s too thick to blend.
Blend until thick and smooth. Divide the smoothie between 4 bowls and customize with your favorite toppings. I used chopped walnuts, coconut, and hemp seeds to keep this breakfast bowl 100% raw, but Banana Chai Granola would be good too.
Tip: We only need 2 servings of the smoothie purée, so I use the rest of the purée to make a green smoothie. Add another banana to the remaining 2 servings of purée along with a generous handful of fresh greens and 1-2 cups of kombucha or apple juice and blend until smooth. And… there you go, 2 for 1 healthy breakfast and a green smoothie to go!
- 2 cups frozen (wild) blueberries or huckleberries
- 1 banana
- 1 orange, peeled and quartered
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 kiwis, peeled and cut bite sized
- 1 orange, peeled, quartered, and sliced
- big flake coconut
- hemp seeds
- bee pollen
- or Banana Chai Granola
- Blend the berries, banana, and orange together in a blender until smooth and thick, adding water as necessary.
- Divide the smoothie between 4 bowls and top with fresh fruit.
- For the museli toppings, you'll want ⅓ cup of the toppings per serving.
- If you're using granola, top your breakfast bowl with as much as you desire!
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