I’ve been obsessed with this faux acai bowl lately. Well, I have been craving and eating ice-cream for a few weeks now, but I learned that this faux acai bowl does the trick for me as well and it’s a much better option than an evening ice-cream indulgence.
I have had authentic acai bowl just a handful of times so far since finding acai in a store is not easy. We tried it on several of our trips, in vegan cafes in the US and Berlin. Every time we tried an acai bowl we were in heaven, and I was thinking how to make a faux version at home.
Blueberries were my number one choice in replacing the acai berries, but after a few tries and combinations of raspberries, blueberries, and a mix of forest fruit I settled on this version. Equal parts of blueberries and raspberries are the best! Do you see that beautiful deep purple color!
I was even able to sneak in some greens for extra nutrients and fiber, which is always a win, and you absolutely don’t taste nor see it. Key is to really put just a little bit of greens with a mild flavor. I chose baby spinach.
And what is the difference between a smoothie and a (faux) acai bowl? At least for me, the difference is that the (faux) acai bowl relies on frozen fruits and the result is a thick fruit smoothie with soft ice-cream texture.
So now, instead of stuffing myself with a typical dairy ice-cream after dinner I make this faux acai bowl. I enjoy it fully and without questioning its nutritional profile. Hope you’ll give it a try and love it too!
Faux Acai Bowl
- a handful of baby spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- shredded coconut
- almond slices
- Place the milk, spinach, and banana to a blender blend until smooth. Next, add raspberries and blend until smooth. Add the blueberries at last and blend once more. Add a bit more milk if your blender struggles with the frozen berries.
- Divide the smoothie into two bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.