You’ve proooobably all heard about the famous Acai Bowl by now but if you haven’t it’s about time you find out because this up there on the photo ladies and gentlemen is about the most amazing breakfast you will try in your life!
Since it’s best made in a high speed blender I’ve teamed up with Vitamix who is currently running an amazing “what’s in your cup” campaign just in time for the finals and one of you lucky people can win big by entering the giveaway down below for a 5200 Standard Vitamix. Wheeeehe!This beauty, but in black, is what we are giving away to one lucky winner at the end of the giveaway so you can make your own delicious suuuper smooth Acai Bowl.
The little Playmobile NHL referees with Stanley Cup you’ll have to buy extra though, who else is gonna turn on your blender otherwise? Lol!
Taking the photo above was about the most difficult task ever in my food blogging career. My kids could.not.understand that I needed those little toys our awesome post man brought as a surprise (gosh, what an amazing post man, eh?) for my photos and they weren’t allowed to touch them until I was finished. The good thing is, those little fellas suddenly became SO important, once they were allowed to take them, they were entertained all afternoon!If for some reason you’ve never heard of an Acai Bowl you might be asking yourself the same question I did when I first heard about it:
What the heck is acai?
Well, first of all it’s actually written açaí (and pronounced: a-sigh-ee) and it is a small berry that looks very similar to a blueberry. It grows only in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, parts of Trinidad and Northern South America and because it only ripens on the açaí palm and rots pretty much the same day it is harvested you can only find it frozen (I found mine at my local health food store) or as freeze dried powder at health food stores or on Amazon.
It is high in antioxidants, low in sugar and offers large amounts of iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A. The absolute very best feature in my opinion though is that it tastes like a mix of wild berries and…..wait for it……CHOCOLATE! If I haven’t convinced you to give it a try with this last info, let’s put it nicely: you are a weirdo! ;)I’ve made this acai bowl or smoothie bowl a stacked one with two flavors because the açaí berry is not very sweet and I wanted to avoid adding sweeteners to the smoothie. Instead I added a frozen banana to the açaí smoothie and filled the bowl only half with it, then topped it with mango smoothie which tastes a lot sweeter and compensates the berry’s sourness.
The sweet fruit and granola on top give it the ultimate finish to not only look absolutely gorgeous but also taste uhhhhmaaaazinggg!In case you were wondering, of course you can mix it all together and make it ONE smoothie. It’ll taste exactly the same it just won’t look as nice if you have it in a glass bowl but let’s be real, who serves their breakfast in a glass bowl except a food blogger obsessed with food styling and photography? Tssss.
No need to rinse your blender and make a second batch of smoothie, you might as well throw all smoothie ingredients in at once and that’s that. If you want to make this for your guests when watching the finals though you might want to go the extra mile in order to celebrate an amazing hockey game holding your cup proudly and think to yourself, this is prettier to watch than the game itself :P
what’s in your cup for the finals?
When Vitamix asked that question at first I had no idea of course until I developed this out of this world delicious smoothie converted into what the world now knows as acai bowl. THIS is what’s gonna be in my cup, not only for the finals but most likely every morning until the day I die. I might even share with those little Playmobile-loving short people that call me mama and who seem to have become absolute hockey fans since the arrival of their new toys ;)
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 pouch frozen açaí pulp
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 frozen banana
- favorite fruit - (I used fresh banana, apple, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi)
- favorite granola - (my favorite is Peanut Butter Granola)
- edible flowers for decoration - (optional)
- Add 1/4 cup coconut milk, açaí pulp and 1 frozen banana to blender and blend until smooth. Add to bowl.
- Add 1/4 cup coconut milk, frozen mango and other frozen banana to blender and blend until smooth. Add on top of açaí smoothie.
- (OR: add 1/2 cup coconut milk, açaí pulp, 2 frozen bananas and frozen mango to blender and blend until smooth. Add to bowl).
- Top with favorite fruit and granola and decorate with flowers.
- Dig in!
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“This giveaway is sponsored by Vitamix and open to residents of the continental United States and Canada (void in Quebec) who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the state, province or territory in which they reside. No purchase necessary to enter.
Giveaway will run from Sunday, May 23, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Sunday, June 05, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond. If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter.”
Núria Martínez París says
I am thinking if I buy the vitamix 5200, I only doubt if it works optimally for a single person, for small quantities with the container that comes standard.
Hi Núria, how small all you talking about? I’ve noticed that for very very small amounts it’s not really that ideal. For example a hand full herbs won’t be made into a smooth paste. You’d need a whole bunch. I’d say you need at least 1 cup of something to blend well.
Charlotte Singh says
This bowl is absolutely gorgeous 😍!
por qué eres tan linda?
Hahahaha, porqué así me hiciste ;)
Great product for healthy living!
I totally agree :)
Karen johnston says
Awesome ! Time to get healthy!
Thank you so much for the chance to win a Vitamix! It was on my wedding registry when I got married a while back but no one purchased it for me lol! I have been saving up my pennies every since!
You are very welcome Natalie! Best of luck to you. Only 2 more days and on Monday I will have Rafflecopter pick the winner :)
Christine Rahman says
I love this !! It was so delicious. Also, the prettier food looks, the better it is to eat so I am extremely happy!!
P.S. Thank you for explaining how to properly say acai!!
You are very welcome Christine :) It’s kind of embarrassing to go to a store and ask for “A-k-a-e” right? Obviously I don’t want my readers to go through that ;)
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
i have never made an acai bowl before but always have wanted too! thanks for the inspiration and i just love the photos.
Thank you Thalia :D They are really delicious. Who knew!
Dale Steele Nicolov says
I would love to try the acai and love to win the vitamix.Thanks for the incentive to start eating healthier.I think I need to start making smoohies too.
Good luck Dale :D
Paul Petersen says
Great prize…..great recipe….looks very tasty.
Thank you Paul :)
Deborah Damron says
Love the recipe Thankyou for the chance at the vitamix
thank you and you are very welcome :D
. Wow, prize Vitamix is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me!
Hahahaha, good luck Edmond!! :D
cheryl larimer says
I had no idea acai tasted like that. We are trying to get healthier and will give it a shot.
Great Cheryl! I hope you are as surprised as I was when I first tasted it :D
beautiful picture…looks yummy. thanks for the chance at the vitamix!
Thank you Suzi :)