Acai bowls have been springing up on menus of trendy cafes over the past year or so and I have really enjoyed them as a tasty, satisfying and healthy way to start the day. I hadn’t actually thought of making one at home though until we stumbled on Acai powder in a health food store. Naturally, we couldn’t resist but to buy some and try making our own.
It turned out to be incredibly simple and the funny thing is that despite buying the expensive Acai powder, we now know that you could easily make these Acai bowls without any Acai at all! We have therefore marked Acai as optional in the ingredients. The Acai does have a distinct rich berry taste that you might want and no doubt it contains some concentrated goodness, but it is by no means necessary and I suspect that there is probably more goodness in the frozen berries than the powdered Acai, not to mention lower food miles in the British grown berries.
The recipe below is actually more of a formula, because you can easily tweak it to suit your taste and eat it any time of day. It makes a great breakfast, a delicious summer afternoon snack and the perfect dessert.
Put all of the ingredients (excluding the topping) into a high powered blender such as a Vitamix with a tiny bit of water (you dont want it too runny) and blend until you have a smooth consistency. It tends to work best if you put the spinach and fruits at the bottom and the frozen berries on top.
My favourite is to use mixed summer berries (raspberries, blackberries, black currents, red currents) with 2 oranges and no spinach. It has a really rich berry flavour and deep purple colour. Vinu’s favourite is to use raspberries, less orange and to include some spinach, which bizarrely results in something that looks and tastes remarkably similar to rhubarb fool. But it is so much better than rhubarb fool, tasting amazing, feeling fresh and being made with raw fruit and veg instead of cream and sugar! What could be better?