If you’ve ever been to California, you’ve probably noticed that açaí bowls are seriously everywhere. In Southern California especially, you’ll find cafes advertising açaí bowls on just about every block.
And if you’ve never had one, açaí bowls are basically a smoothie in a bowl, made out of a superfood berry Brazil that’s full of nutrients and antioxidants. And they’re amazing.
Sure, you could have a straight up smoothie instead, but for those of us who generally prefer to eat our food, açaí bowls are just about the best thing ever, especially after a hot day or an intense training session.
Yet since the restaurant versions are often sweetened with extra sugar, juice, or honey, and are usually fairly low on protein, you’re usually better off to just make your own at home. And it’s really not much more work than making a smoothie to do—all you have to do is get some frozen açaí berries (I found little frozen packets at Whole Foods, but other health stores often carry them as well), blend everything together, then top with your favorite ingredients.
It’s easy, fun, and delicious—especially on a hot day. Here’s how to make your own homemade high protein açaí bowls:
1 packet frozen açaí berries (approximately 3.5 ounces)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 medium banana
1/2 cup coconut water
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup mixed berries (I used blueberries and sliced strawberries)
2 Tbsp low sugar granola (I used Kind cinnamon oat clusters)
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Total prep time: 10 minutes
Blend the protein powder, frozen blueberries, açaí, coconut water, and 2/3 of the banana together until smooth. You can add a little more coconut water if it doesn’t seem to be blending well enough, but you want the mixture to be nice and thick so don’t add too much.
Pour the mixture into a bowl, then top with your coconut flakes (pre-toast them in a pan if you want them to be extra yummy), the remainder of the sliced banana, berries, and granola. Chow down.
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