Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

I’ve seen smoothie bowls appearing on various websites for awhile now, and have always given them the side-eye. They seemed gimmicky to me (why not just have a smoothie?), and I suppose that’s because I didn’t stop to think about what they actually are. Fast forward to this weekend, when I was flying cross-country from Seattle to Washington DC.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

It can be very difficult to find healthy (or reasonably healthy) meal options at the airport, especially ones that taste decent. I try to pack healthy snacks when I’m starting the journey from home, but that’s not always an option for the return trip. Either way, snacks are never enough for a full day of travel, and I have no interest in balancing a meal as I make my way through security. Unless you’ve never been to an airport, you know the drill.

On Saturday, I had a brief layover in Denver, just long enough to seek out potential dinner options. Limp pre-packaged salads and dry looking sandwiches stared at me from the kiosks. I walked by McDonalds and Sbarro Pizza. I ignored the Jamba Juice next to my gate because I didn’t want a smoothie for dinner. With time running out, I began resigning myself to a dry sandwich. I decided to look at Jamba Juice on the off chance they sold something aside from drinks. The smoothie bowls stared back at me, topped with granola and fruit. I went for an Acai Primo Bowl, because whatever, I needed to board my flight. I didn’t have high expectations, but honestly… it was a revelation. Simple, yet so much more filling than a regular smoothie because of the granola. While I’d rather enjoy a smoothie bowl for breakfast than for dinner, I was grateful to have a healthy meal for the long flight home. The older woman sitting next to me, (who reminded me of Zelda), wouldn’t stop leaning over to ask what I was eating. I’m fairly certain she was hoping I’d offer her a taste. Er… no.

In summary, smoothie bowls are basically cereal but you use a smoothie base instead of milk or yogurt to tie everything together. I like cereal. I like this. No more side-eye.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.
This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.

 

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. SavorySimple.net.
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Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, filling breakfast that will improve any morning. Surprise your significant other with this delicious morning treat and get everyone's day off to a great start.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Jennifer Farley
Ingredients
for the smoothie bowl
  • 1 cup plain yogurt; I recommend full fat or Greek
  • 3 1/2 - 4 ounces acai juice or puree, see notes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 large banana, sliced
for the topping (all approximations)
  • 1 cup granola, either store-bought or homemade
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon torn fresh mint leaves
  • a drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree the yogurt, acai juice, blueberries, raspberries, and banana until smooth. Optionally, for a frothier smoothie bowl, freeze some of the fruit in advance.
  2. Divide the smoothie into two bowls. Top each bowl with equal amounts of granola, banana, blueberries, raspberries, coconut, mint, and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Acai juice/puree can often be found in the frozen section of grocery stores near the frozen fruit and juices.

For a frothier smoothie bowl, freeze some of the fruit in advance.

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