Acaí Bowls

So I’ve been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle lately (aren’t we all), but the problem is that it’s so damn hot outside. This really puts me in a predicament because my favorite food is soup, a food rendered almost inedible in this heat, and don’t even talk to me about gazpacho because it really isn’t the same. Anyways, I am always searching for something sweet and cooling in the summer time and up until now that craving has been filled with root beer floats. I have had so many root beer floats in the last month I don’t even know how I haven’t gained the freshmen fifteen already. But goodbye root beer floats, because acaí bowls have swooped in and filled that hole in my life. (except I still have one can of root beer left so I might treat myself sometime soon, but after that GOODBYE ROOT BEER FLOATS).

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Granola
Olive Oil and Maple Granola

So acaí bowls are kind of a bougie southern California thing, and as much as I want to hate the whole $8 fruit bowl institution, I can’t help but love its product. Acaí bowls are basically giant bowls of granola, sorbet, and fresh fruit, and on a hot summer day they are really perfect.

Now when I first decided I would try and replicate these bowls, I thought finding acaí would be super easy and that they would be in the same aisle as the frozen strawberries, blueberries, etc. But, as much as I was trying to avoid it, I had to go to Wholefoods and drop $7 for 4 packs of pre-blended acaí.
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Now although these berries are supposed to be the new “diet berry” and have powerful antioxidants blah blah blah, really don’t bother spending that much on them if they aren’t easily accessible to you. The whole point of these bowls is to make eating fruit fun, so don’t ruin it by emptying your wallet in the process.

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One last thing, I suggest making your own granola because it is super quick and easy and you will know exactly what is going into them, but store bought granola or the granola from your favorite cereal works just as well. I made a slightly salty, olive oil granola to complement the sweet fruits and made it the night before, so the whole process took about 5 minutes in the morning. I also used a Vitamix blender but any blender should work, just use smaller quantities. Bouge it up.

RECIPE:

OLIVE OIL GRANOLA:

Rolled/Old Fashioned Oats
Olive Oil
Maple Syrup
Brown Sugar
Salt
Walnuts (any nuts will work)
Dried Apricots, Raisins, any dried fruit.
INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine oats, olive oil, maple syrup, sugar, nuts, and a pinch or two of salt on a baking sheet. Use equal amounts of oil and maple syrup and sugar to lightly coat the oats. Cook in oven, stirring occasionally, for ~20 minutes or until light golden brown.

Add the dried fruit and cook for another 5 minutes. After fruit is added, cook for no longer than 5 minutes because the fruit easily burns.

ACAI SORBET:

1 pack acaí puree
1 cup strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
(equal amounts of any berries will work)
1-1.5 cups water or coconut water
Fresh strawberries and bananas (for topping)
Honey/agave syrup (for topping)
INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until all berries are broken down and sorbet-like texture is formed. Be careful not to use too much liquid, add gradually if needed.

ASSEMBLE:

In a small cup/bowl add one layer of granola, a few scoops of sorbet, another granola layer, fresh strawberries and banana. Top with more granola and a drizzle of honey or agave syrup.

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