(ps. YES there’s vegan friendly alternatives too!)
Ciao my fellow foodies!! 🤗
Hope you’re all well!! And ready for one foodies inside Acai tips 💜 Apologies for the delay in posts these past couple weeks! Study, travel and work has been CRAZY intense, as you can imagine that’s left little to no time at all for brunch adventures! 😞. Although that shouldn’t be an excuse – so I thought I’d share a little something special with you all! 🙊 ** my HOMEMADE acai recipe ** Keep in mind: NOT everybody’s taste buds are the same, so I can’t promise you’ll all love it 🤔, BUT, for those of you who are health fanatics and fans of Acai.. I think you’d ought to give this one a try! 😝
Anyone who has read my earlier posts can testify that I LOVE Acai 💜💜💜 (check out my Instagram @ambayalcinkaya and my top Acai list on this blog) – sorbet or smoothie bowls… they’re super refreshing and tasty 🤤🤤 ** mouth watering already haha 😂** Everyone’s crazy about it, and with summer just around the corner, I think you will be too! Did I mention? It’s a great post workout treat 💪🏼, much better than those cheeky chocolates or sneaky snacks in the cupboard 😋… I keep those hidden for special occasions… shhhhh!! 🤐
If you don’t already know.. I’m not a fan of too much sugar (in fact I eat very little of it) and like to keep things as natural and fresh as possible (aka. use fruits and coconut water instead of fruit juices to add sweetness and flavour). I also prefer my granola crunchy and fruitless and the acai has to be a thick sorbet-like consistency (watery soup fruit bowls ❌😵) – I know I’m a little picky, but we all have our preferences right? 🙈😅
• Equipment needed •
– Electric blender/food processor
– chopping board
– sharp knife
– ice cream scooper (yogurt balls)
– wooden spoon
The listed ingredients make 2 bowls (as shown in the photos)
• Ingredients •
Atleast 6 hours prior preparation / you’ll need to let the bananas freeze beforehand – I would advise to leave them overnight. (I did a little “experimenting”: tried them frozen, medium frozen and raw. Trust me, if those bananas aren’t frozen enough, you’re acai will end up watery like a soup – so unless you want a liquid smoothie – you NEED it to be frozen to get that thick consistency!)
– 1/2 cup granola / muesli
– 1 cup mixed fruit of your choosing (I used Blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and kiwi
– 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt / (or coconut yoghurt for vegan/gf option)
– 2 tablespoons shaved coconut
– 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
(B) Acai base
– 2 sachets Frozen Acai Berry
– 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
– 1 cup Seedless Watermelon
– 2 Frozen Bananas
It’s best to peel and cut the bananas into smaller pieces: quarters, and place them in a container in the freezer – you’ll find it a lot easier to blend them this way, as opposed to shoving an entire frozen banana in your blender! Believe me, as much as those blenders seem capable of anything, YES, I tried it! And it was a struggle 😭😭 haha, oh well… you live you learn, 🙄 won’t be happening again lol – So, for the sake of your kitchen appliance CUT UP THOSE BANANAS BEFOREHAND!)
• Method of Preparation •
1. Break the frozen acai sachets into smaller pieces before removing the plastic. Similar to the whole-frozen banana dilemma, it’ll blend easier and faster!
2. Add the frozen acai, coconut water, watermelon and frozen bananas into the blender. Start the blender SLOW to enable all the ingredients to mix, and then to a medium level until you gain a smooth sorbet yoghurt like consistency.
* Note: you may find that the icy parts stick to the side of the food processor – if this occurs, turn your food processor off (yes at both the switch and the main). Use your wooden spoon to scrape the outer icy edges into the middle of the mixture. Place the lid back on, and re-blend until you reach your desired consistency.
The acai does melt quite QUICKLY!! So I’ve learned to work backwards ↖️↙️↖️↙️: START with cutting up 🍴 all my fruits and toppings FIRST so I can add them straight to the acai once it’s made. Nothing’s worse than melted acai before you’ve had the chance to enjoy it! 😑.
3. Check consistency with a spoon 🥄 , if it’s exactly how you would like it – transfer the contents to a bowl for serving 🍧. If too watery: add more banana 🍌 or you may need to freeze it for longer and then blend while it’s cold. If it’s too thick and the food processor won’t mix the frozen acai and banana you can add a little more coconut water. However, i would recommend, using the wooden spoon to mix the frozen parts into the mixed ones and try again before adding any more coconut water.
4. Next the fun part! TOPPINGS!!! Just like decorating a cake only healthy 😉. Add the granola/muesli FIRST! It prevents all the fruit from sinking “into” the acai. You’ll find the coconut and Goji berries will sit comfortably on top of the acai.
5. Add you’re choice of yoghurt and decorate with your choice of fruits:
6. Last but not least… in fact the BEST part! EATING! 😍
• Ingredient Details •
> Frozen ACAI:💜
Brand used: ‘Creative Gourmet’ Frozen Organic Acai Puree’ 400g sachets (pack of 4)
Purchased from: Coles ~$8. I found it on special last week for about $6.50. Contains FOUR 400g frozen sachets.
It’s made with REAL Fruit and there’s NO artificial colours or flavours. I absolutely love this brand because there’s ZERO grams of sugar! Making it lower in calories than some alternatives ~356kJ per serving. First time I’ve used this brand and the quality is great – other than this Amazonia are my next pick for choosing frozen acai. Powder acai is also another option, but the frozen sachets I find work best with the smoothie bowls.
> Granola / Muesli:🥄
Brand used: Carman’s Original Fruit Free Muesli – it’s extremely LOW in sugar for granola muesli (8g sugar/100g) ~3.6g per serving and there’s NO dried fruit (Besides goji berries and figs I’m not big on dried fruit! Yes dried fruit is packed with loads of sugar!). It’s also Low GI and VEGAN Friendly. If you’re use to honey coated granola, you’ll definitely notice how “little” sugar there is with this granola: it’s not very sweet, but if you’re avoiding too much sugar, it’s a great option! 👍🏼. *Note* This granola is NOT gluten free, if you’re after top quality gluten free granola, I suggest checking out Farmer Jo’s range! It is a bit pricey, but its super yummy taste might convince you otherwise!
> Coconut Water: 💧
Brand used: “Cocobella Pure Straight Up Coconut Water’
Purchased from: Coles. The 1L bottle is on special for $4, usually retails for $5.50. It’s 100% coconut water without preservatives. Approx 5g sugar/100mL. It contains small amounts of potassium (an important electrolyte to regulate your kidneys and for your heart), calcium and magnesium (minerals important for your bones and muscles, respectively). Although I wouldn’t rely on this solely for supplementation, a multivitamin is always best! 💪🏼
> Natural Yoghurt: 🍶
Brand used: Jalna Natural Greek Yoghurt (for vegan and lactose intolerant individuals, you can substitute this for coconut yoghurt). Can purchase from Coles or Woolworths. ~$7, sometimes $4-5 on special.
> Coconut Flakes:🌴
Brand used: ‘McKenzie’s Coconut Flakes’
Purchased: from Coles ~$4
> Goji Berries: 🍇
Brand used: Any brand of dried Goji berries will do!
> Fresh Fruits:
Diced seedless watermelon, sliced strawberries, blueberries, cut up banana, peeled and sliced kiwi fruit. ~$10-12 for a decent
SAVING SOME FOR LATER?? 😋 On the first occasion I happened to make way more than I could eat or share in one serving – if you’ve already blended your acai mixture and realise there’s too much – you CAN save It for later! I placed the remaining acai mixture into some spare ice cube trays, kept it in the freezer, and when I intended to make more, simply removed the frozen acai and placed it straight into the blender ☺️.
Ps. I’m also not a great cook… like at ALL! 😅 I manage to burn water, and yes I know! Physically speaking that’s impossible, but you get my drift.. I AM a HOPELESS cook 🙃 – to the extent I’m BANNED from the kitchen at home 😩. However, with practice and a bit of experimentation I managed to pick this up quite easily – So, do NOT be afraid.. it was a journey of “trial and error” (sounds a lot like my Pharmacy compounding classes haha). However, if I can make something and NOT destroy my kitchen… you should be okay too! 👊🏼
Let me know how it goes!! (Feel free to Comment below or Email me – I’d love to hear about some yummy brands you’ve come across, how do you “tweak” your acai, your recipe or formula!! Sharing is caring! 💜😘