morning acai bowl

unfortunately, our typical morning routine usually only lasts all of about thirty minutes. although we would love to have the time to wake up slowly, embrace the morning air, and take our time to make a lovely breakfast as we do on most weekends, the reality is that time is of the essence and thus we must be very efficient! this is where bowls come in; a fantastic medley of various fruits, nut butters, seeds, and yogurts which can be combined in a variety of ways. your blender is your best friend here, and although the quick and easiness of these bowls may seem far from exciting, the crisp, vibrant flavors they pack suggest otherwise. one of our favorites is by far the classic acai bowl. the tangy and bright palette of the acai and the smoothness of the banana and coconut flavors are a lovely way to wake up, in a very small amount of time.

Recipe (serves two):

  • 1 packet frozen acai (about 100 grams)
  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (optional)

For garnish:

  • unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • drizzle of natural honey or maple syrup
  • hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts
  • granola
  • chopped hazelnuts
  • sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana slices

place the frozen banana slices, cocount butter, and vanilla extract in the blender and blend until smooth. you will want to blend these two together first before you add the acai because it will clump if you add it all at once. if the bananas do not blend well with the coconut butter at first due to temperature differences, you may need to add some almond milk to the mixture. simultaneously, place the frozen acai under hot water to allow it defrost just slightly before you add it to the mixture. add the acai to the mixture in four, small pieces, one at a time, to allow it to blend together cohesively. make sure you don't over-blend or else the mixture will be too runny and not thick enough.

once blended, pour into two medium-sized bowls or ramekins. top with berries and assorted fruits first, then with your nuts, granola, and hemp seeds towards one side, garnish the fruits with shredded coconut, finish with a generous drizzle of honey or maple syrup. the beauty here is that you can virtually top the bowl with any fruits or berries that you like. although we find the sweetness of berries works the best, we use whatever is fresh and in season: peaches, figs, cherries, whatever you like! we promise no matter what you choose, you won't be disappointed. outside of our own kitchen, the best acai bowl we've had has been at Two Hands NYC, make sure you give them a try if you are ever in the Nolita area of Manhattan!