22.6.15

RECIPE: Cherry Berry Cacao {Protein} Acai Bowl


Ingredients 


1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp Acai powder {I used this one}*
1 large frozen banana
1 serving of neutral taste protein powder (I used Paleo Protein from Bio-Synergy)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 avocado
dash of vanilla (optional)
small handful of kale
1/2 cup frozen summer berries

Toppings (pictured): granola, cacao nibs {I used this one}*, cherries

Other Toppings: sliced banana, chia seeds, ground flax, shredded coconut

Method: Add all ingredients (minus toppings) to blender and blitz till smooth. Pour into bowl of choice and get creative adding your toppings. Then Instagram.

I literally have been drooling over acai bowls for months now. Most recipes call for frozen acai pulp which is costly and difficult to get your hands on over here in the UK so after some advice & tips I picked up a bag of acai powder and got creative to make my very own recipe.

Acai is a berry which comes from Brazil and has been given the superfood label. It's packed full of antioxidants - more so than blueberries - as well as vitamin E and essential fatty acids. An acai bowl is basically a smoothie that you eat in a bowl. You want it to be thick enough you can spoon it into your mouth and not too runny that you have no choice but to drink it.

The aim was to make myself a delicious fruity breakfast which would keep me full. This recipe is packed with good fats from avocado, protein from the protein powder and I even managed to sneak a little bit of green in there.

Once the smoothie part is done, you can get creative with your toppings. I opted not to go too crazy with extra fruit. I had a box of cherries from Tesco on hand; I got them via their Orchard programme where you get to try products for free every now and again. Apparently, picking cherries and berries is a bit of an art form! Cherries need very cold nights when in their dormancy period through the winter – so the British climate is surprisingly great for cherry production!

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What's your favourite smoothie ingredient?! Got an acai bowl recipe to share with me?! 


Elle :) 

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14 comments:

  1. OOOOH LOVE THIS.
    and adore you used my beloved nibs too.
    I tend to eat em straight out of the bag as well :-)

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    1. I do love cacao nibs! when they have been baked (like on top of a cake or something) they are extra creamy and chocolatey!! Yum!

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  2. That looks SUPER yummy... I'm going to make a smoothie bowl for lunch!

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    1. Hope you enjoyed?! I had breakfast for dinner yesterday too! lol #BreakTheRules

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  3. Wow your acai bowl looks amazing!! Love the idea of a smoothie in bowl form haha.

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    1. Somehow having it in a bowl feels more like a meal! It's also just a little thicker too so kept me fuller for longer! Still a quick option (unless you can't decide on toppings! lol) x

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  4. If acai wasn't so expensive, I would do dig making these!

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    1. I picked up my bag with a 20% discount and I figure it's gonna last me a while seen as I'm not eating it everyday! Same as stuff like cacao nibs, even cacao powder and all the other crazy healthy stuff we love! Just have to pray it doesn't all run out at the same time! lol

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  5. This looks like a very nice breakfast

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    1. Thanks Laureen :) it is indeed! If you have a few minutes to spare over breakfast and want to make the most of your smoothie then this is the way ;)

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    1. Thanks Alicia :) it is indeed! let me know if you try or adapt it!! I'm always looking for inspiration!

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