My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl This Summer (Customizable Recipe)

My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)First off, THANK YOU for all the comments on and shares of yesterday’s post. Any time I publish a more personal blog post, there’s always this oh sh*t moment of second-guessing as I send it out into the interwebs, so I really loved seeing so many of you relate to it in some way.

Anyway, onto a less serious topic, I’m on a serious acai bowl kick. (LOL how’s that for a transition?) Revolution Juice & Thirst Juice Co. both make a good one (hit them up if you’re in Boston!), but more often than not, I’ll just blend up my own at home. I used to always try to sneak some greens into my smoothie bowls, but lately I’ve had an insatiable craving for fruit, fruit and more fruit. Yes it’s a lot of sugar. No I don’t care. Sorry kale, but you’re not invited to this party.

When I make acai bowls, I usually just eyeball the ingredient ratios, so you’ll see the recipe below is really more of a loose framework—customize it however you’d like! My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe) 

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pack frozen acai (I usually buy Sambazon smoothie packs)
  • ½ frozen banana (any time a banana is about to go bad, I cut it into chunks and freeze it, so I always have these on hand)
  • Heaping ½ - ¾ cup fresh fruit (usually mixed berries, but depends on what I have on hand—pineapple is awesome or I’ll use fresh banana)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (any nut milk works, too) + more if it’s too thick
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (or any seed you like)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder (optional—I don’t always add this)
  • For topping:
  • ¼ cup granola
  • Handful berries
  • ½ banana, sliced

Instructions

  1. Put all the main ingredients in a blender until smooth. If too thick, just keep adding a little coconut milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. Add your toppings.
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My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)Oh man. I could seriously eat these breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already made that assumption… :)

Alright friends, I’m heading out of town for a long wedding weekend on Nantucket (woohoo!!). I’ll be back to bloggin’ on Monday!

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Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch Topping

One of the best parts of escaping to warmer climates during the brutal New England winters is all the mouth-wateringly fresh, in-season produce. You’re more likely to get struck by lightening than find a ripe avocado in a Boston grocery store right now, but when I was in Australia last month, all we ate was juicy, ripe fruits and fresh veggies. Take me back!

Even though the 10-foot-high snowdrifts stand as a brutal reminder that I am no longer Down Under, I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick ever since my trip. Smoothies are filling as-is, but sometimes I like to eat them with a spoon topped with granola, muesli, chopped fruit or other crunchy goodie to make them feel more like a meal. This smoothie bowl is super refreshing, especially on warm summer days…or for those of us who are in denial that it’s still winter.

blueberry-acai-smoothie-bowl-cashew-coconut-topping-2If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I eat dairy sparingly. The easiest dairy product to eliminate from a diet (in my opinion) is cow’s milk because there are so many delicious alternatives. When I got the chance to try out Silk Cashewmilk, I immediately thought to put it in a smoothie bowl because of the irresistible creaminess of cashews. blueberry-acai-smoothie-bowl-coconut-cashew-topping-4

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Yield: 1 bowl

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cashew milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk)
  • 1 acai smoothie pack (you can find these in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores; I usually buy unsweetened Sambazon)
  • ½ cup blueberries, plus more for topping
  • 1 banana, half in the blender, half chopped for topping
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
  • Small handful of roasted cashews, chopped
  • Sprinkle of shredded coconut (I used Dang Coconut Chips)

Instructions

  1. Put cashew milk, acai, blueberries, half the banana and flaxseeds in a blender until smooth. The mixture should be thick.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced banana, blueberries, shredded coconut and cashew pieces.
  3. Grab a spoon and enjoy!

Notes

If you want more of a sweet taste, use sweetened cashew milk and/or sweetened acai. Because I used sweetened coconut chips, I didn’t want to overdo it on the sugar, but keep in mind that unsweetened acai can have a slightly bland taste if not countered with something fruity/sweet.

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I love the crunch of the cashews and shredded coconut on top, but if chewing isn’t your thing, slurp it up in traditional smoothie form! Just make sure to add more cashew milk so that it’s not as thick. You can also sub out the flaxseeds for chia seeds or any other boost—the best thing about smoothies is they’re so easily customizable.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl with a Coconut Cashew Crunch ToppingDisclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Silk, all opinions are my own.

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No-Bake Chewy Granola Protein Bars

No-Bake Chewy Protein Granola BarsAs I mentioned when I posted that sweet potato veggie burger recipe, I’ve been on a kitchen mission lately to recreate things I regularly buy. It saves money, and it means I know exactly what is in everything I’m eating—always a nice bonus. I try to eat as little pre-packaged food as possible, but it can be tough to avoid the convenience of granola and protein bars when I’m running around in between teaching classes, getting in my own workout, and working on the blog. There are some wholesome, real-food bars out there, but for the most part, reading the ingredient labels on those things is like reading a chemistry equation. Why not just make my own? Can’t be that hard, right? Right! These are super easy. No-Bake Chewy Protein Granola BarsNo-Bake Chewy Protein Granola Bars 

No-Bake Chewy Granola Protein Bars

Yield: 8

No-Bake Chewy Granola Protein Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup protein powder (I used Healthy Skoop)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almonds (I used roasted almonds but raw would be perfect, too!)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Crush the almonds into little chunks--I did this by pulsing them in the food processor a few times. Put the dates in a food processor and blend until chopped into a big gooey, sticky ball.
  2. Mix the oats, protein powder, dates, crushed almonds and dried cranberries in a bowl.
  3. Place the almond butter, vanilla and honey in a small skillet and heat over low heat until fully combined and runny. Pour it over the dry mixture and stir together. Use your hands to make sure it’s fully combined.
  4. Line an 8” x 8” pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into it.
  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Lift parchment paper from the pan and cut the mixture into 8 equal bars.

Notes

Store in a Tupperware container for a couple days. If you want them to last longer, store in the refrigerator. These are a little sticky, so I’d recommend placing a small piece of parchment paper in between them when stacking for storage.

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As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not a huge animal-product consumer. The protein powder I used in these bars was introduced to me by a BTone client—Healthy Skoop is plant-based, and I’m really liking it! I admittedly don’t supplement my diet very often, but when I do make a morning smoothie or a recipe like this, the vanilla Healthy Skoop has been great. If you want to try it out, you can use the code PUMPS15 to get 15% off any purchase through 2/28/15 (excludes the super sampler).No-Bake Chewy Protein Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Protein Granola Bars

Do you use plant-based protein powder or stick to whey? What’s your go-to brand? How about protein bars—what brands do you like?

Hope all you Northeast readers are staying warm and enjoyed the snow day yesterday!

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