Between this Coconut Acai Bowls and this newfound energy I have post vacation, I feel like a whole new person this week!
Does that ever happen to you? I’ve found that sometimes you just need a minute (or a week) to really reset. For me, the past week or so has been all about that. After a few too many holiday cookies and about 4 pounds of Christmas Crack (that’s not an exaggeration) I needed to take a breather. Both in terms of what I was eating and just to decompress and relax. So what did I do? Escape to Palm Springs with my family and do nothing but relax. That meant daily hikes or walks, cooking meals without worrying about recipe testing or taking pictures of everything I made, and spending time with my husband and family. It was perfect and it’s exactly what I needed to get back on track. I’m feeling totally refreshed and ready to take on 2015! And that starts with this Coconut Acai Bowl.
Acai bowls have been on my mind for months. I learned all about harvesting Acai while I was in Brazil last year (more on that tomorrow) and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Between whipping them up at home and walking to the various Acai Bowl cafes that have opened around my neighborhood, I’d say I have about 5 of these a week. They are the perfect way to start my day and they also double as an energy packed lunch! Plus they are loaded with tons of antioxidants that are said to be all the rage when it comes to weightloss and lowering the risk of certain diseases. Rather than continuing to spend $10 a day getting them at various cafes, I’m now making them at home and topping them with my favorite ingredients! I’ll save the $10 Acai Bowls for special occasions or when I’m feeling lazy! In my perfect world my Acai Bowl is piled high with strawberries, bananas, a healthy spoonful of this granola and shredded coconut. Pure perfection.
- 2 acai Superfruit Packs (I use the Sambazon packs found at Whole Foods)
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup coconut water or vanilla almond milk
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Bananas
- Shredded Coconut
- Crumbled Granola
- Blend the 2 frozen acai packs in a blender with the banana and coconut water or almond milk until it’s thick and smooth like a smoothie.
- Top with sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, toasted coconut and crumbled granola. Enjoy immediately.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!