Hawaiian Acai Bowl

So during our trip to Hawaii, I became obsessed with Acai Bowls. I had to try one on every island, town and city we visited during our trip. It seemed like every place had a slightly different version; but they all pretty much consist of frozen acai berries blended with fruit and topped with granola, bananas and local honey. Some variations included an addition of mangoes, coconut and chocolate.

Acai berries (ah-sa-ee) are just another berry; similar to blueberries or blackberries. They are a super food and very high in antioxidants. If you've heard of these berries before, you may have heard that they promote weight loss... Although they are very healthy, they are no more magical than blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. There is no fruit, pill, or magical berry that will get you to loose weight - it's all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy diet (in my case, plant-based), and exercising. Acai berries should be enjoyed for what they are; a sweet and tart berry rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

I have found it a bit difficult to find fresh acai berries for sale, and I don't see them commonly in the frozen section either... I know that Whole Foods Market sells them frozen, but may not always have them in stock depending on which store you go to. If you cant find frozen acai berries - you can still make yourself a Hawaiian bowl of goodness! Just use a mix of frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries instead - you wont be able to tell the difference.

Hawaiian Acai Berry Bowl 
by Sarah Farsh September 3rd, 2012
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries: acai, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1/2 cup soy or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp good, baked granola of choice
  • honey

In a VitaMix or high powered blender, blend together frozen berries, mangoes and soy milk; using a tamper to get everything pressed and blended into the blade. Scoop out the blended berry mixture into a bowl and line bananas around the edge of bowl. Add granola into center and drizzle the whole thing with honey. Enjoy while listing to some Hawaiian music - this was Zach's favorite jam.


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