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Last year I spent six weeks in London with my family. It was the summer of a lifetime! My husband had to work each day, and my kids and I fancied around London all day long.
One of my favorite memories of London was stopping many mornings at a cafe that served gluten-free açai bowls. I know I’m late to the party, but I had never had an açai bowl before. Once I ate one, I finally understood the hype. It tasted incredible. It was tangy yet sweet, crunchy and smooth. So many textures and tastes all at once – wow!
In an effort to recreate a little of that London magic at home, I decided to create my own delicious dairy-free and gluten-free fall açai bowl recipe using frozen açai puree and So Delicious Coconut Yogurt.
Before I share the steps to making this wonderful little recipe, let’s talk about a few of the ingredients first.
Get to Know Açai
Açai berries grow on açai palm trees in South America and resemble dark purple grapes or blueberries. Some people refer to them as “superfoods” because of their nutrient density.
Açai berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been proven to reduce inflammation and protect your cells from damage by free radicals. Açai berries also contain plenty of fiber and calcium too. These are bonus benefits when enjoying your morning meal!
Because açai berries spoil quickly, it’s best to buy them frozen. You can buy açai berries at any major grocery store. They typically come in 3.5 ounce pouches that are perfectly portioned for smoothie (or açai bowl) making. Look for them where you find frozen berries.
How to Make Fall Açai Bowls
I usually don’t mind spending a few extra minutes in the kitchen preparing a home-cooked, warm breakfast. Some days, however, I just want something fast. This recipe is for those “some days.”
To make an açai bowl of your own, you’ll first need a couple of pouches of açai puree, as well as yogurt. I eat a mostly plant-based diet (flexitarian to be specific), so I limit my consumption of animal products.
Enter dairy-free yogurt alternative from So Delicious. It offers a simple way to cut dairy from your diet yet still enjoy creamy taste.
On top of being dairy-free, So Delicious products are free from gluten (of course!), casein, carrageenan, egg, peanut and MSG. They are Non-GMO Project Verified and contain no artificial colors or flavors.
To make a fall açai bowl, combine unsweetened açai puree, unsweetened So Delicious Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative, frozen bananas, cinnamon and vanilla extract inside a high-speed blender.
Because the açai mixture is thick, it needs a little help pureeing inside the blender. I stop the blender every 20-30 seconds to push the ingredient down into the blades to make sure everything is getting blended.
If your mixture is too thick and just won’t blend, add a little bit of Silk Almondmilk or Coconutmilk, bit by bit, to help it blend together better.
Remember, you don’t want to add too much liquid or you’ll have a smoothie vs. bowl. You want the mixture thick because you’ll eat it with a spoon vs. sip it from a straw.
Once blended well, spoon the mixture into two bowls and top with as many delicious toppings as you like.
Figs are in season in the late summer/early fall, so I added a fig to my açai bowl today. I also added tart granny smith apples and dried cranberries for sweetness, as well as raw pecans and pepitas (or pumpkin seeds) for crunch.
To make it look pretty, add a drizzle of So Delicious Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative. Don’t these look amazing?!?
Remember, you can add anything you like to the top of your açai bowl. Some of my other favorite toppings include:
- Almond butter
- Pomegranate arils
- Apple butter
- Maple syrup
Honestly, you can’t go wrong. This is YOUR recipe, so make it how you like it.
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Fall Açai Bowls
- 7 ounces frozen açai puree
- 1 cup So Delicious Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative
- 2 frozen bananas sliced
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Silk almondmilk or coconutmilk optional, if you need help blending it together
- 2-3 fresh figs sliced in half
- 1/2 granny smith apple thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pecans raw or toasted
- 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 2 tsp raw pepitas pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp So Delicious Coconut Yogurt Alternative for drizzling (optional)
- Add frozen açai, So Delicious Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative, frozen bananas, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract to a high-powered blender.
- Process until smooth, occasionally mixing and scraping down sides of blender. If you do not have a high powered blender or just need a little help processing, add up to ¼ cup of almond milk. Remember, you want the açai mixture to be thicker than a smoothie so that you can easily place topping on it and eat with a spoon.
- Spoon açai into two bowls. Flatten the top of the açai mixture with the back of a spoon.
- Top the açai bowl with sliced figs, apples, pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas.
- Drizzle with one teaspoon of So Delicious Coconut Yogurt Alternative, optional.
- Serve immediately.
- I used a high-powered blender for this recipe, but you can use any kind of blender. You may just need to add additional liquid to help it process if it’s too thick. I suggest Silk Almondmilk.
- You’ll also need to stop the blender periodically and mix the açai contents to help it along and so that the blender doesn’t overheat.
- You want the consistency to be really thick so you can eat it with a spoon vs thin like a smoothie.
- You can use whatever toppings you’d like on this smoothie. Here are some fall inspired toppings for your açai bowl:
- Almond butter
- Pomegranate arils
- Apple butter
- Maple syrup
- You can find packets of frozen açai at your grocery store in the freezer section next to all of the berries. Make sure that the ingredients are 100% pure açai and don’t contain any added sugars for the best flavor. Açai typically comes in 3.5 oz packets, so in this recipe we’re using 2 packets.