Whether you take this recipe sitting down or on-the-go—antioxidant rich acai bowls make for the perfect, sorbet-like breakfast treat.
Smoothies are often my go-to breakfast choice. So when a friend first introduced me to the concept of sorbet-like acai bowls for breakfast, I was instantly intrigued.
Although no stranger to the chocolate-y berry from the Amazon (I had tried acai juice before and had strolled beside the frozen acai smoothie packs at the grocery store more than a time or two), it wasn’t until about 6 months after my initial enlightenment, that I finally found superfood bliss with an acai bowl from Paradise Bowls. This was the stuff breakfast dreams were made of! After trying acai bowls in California I knew I was hooked—but it wasn’t until a recent trip to Choice Health Bar in Maui, that I reacquainted myself with this amazingly delicious breakfast treat and vowed to start making acai bowls at home.
Especially popular in Hawaii and California, acai bowls are the perfect combination of frozen acai berry puree, frozen fruit + a splash of juice, coconut water or dairy-free milk. The thick smoothie-like deliciousness is then served up in a bowl and topped off with granola, fresh fruit and other goodies like hemp hearts, cacao nibs and shredded coconut.
Acai berries are naturally sweet and delicious and pack a nutritional punch with concentrated antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, fiber and phytosterols (which help to promote digestive and cardiovascular health). Best of all, acai bowls are super easy to make and customizable!
In the spirit of customizing, I decided to make this recipe my own by adding in one of my favorite root vegetables—beets! While beets might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to breakfast, I promise that it works in this bowl! The earthy + sweet beet combines perfectly with the sweet-tart acai berry. Like the acai berry, beets offer more than just a vibrant color to this bowl. They are packed full of nutrients like folate and betaine, and have been known to treat illnesses related to digestion and the blood.
So whether you are looking for a breakfast on the go (à la an acai bowl in a mason jar) or sit-down style in a large bowl for a lazy weekend morning, this recipe is sure to please! I’m also a huge fan because I always feel happily full and satisfied for hours after eating a vibrant bowl of Amazonian goodness! I like to eat mine topped with lots of fresh fruit, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, cacao nibs and a healthy serving of Simple + Sweet Granola. I hope you enjoy! ♡