I recently discovered frozen acai paste in the supermarket and excitedly bought them. Realising the only way I could really use them is in a creamy acai bowl/ smoothie, I put myself to the test of making a creamy one! I found a good recipe online (claims to be the best!) and modified it such that it would be a blend of both banana and mango (to get the best of both worlds!) as well as berries for a delicious antioxidant boost. I also didn’t have almond butter around, so I substituted it with avocado instead. One thing I discovered was that it was actually cheaper to buy my own berries and freeze them myself; rather than buying pre-frozen berries in the supermarket (however, I discovered there are cheaper frozen berries at certain places like Foodie Market Place and Red Man stores in Phoon Huat).
The ultimate nemesis to making it creamy and thick is Singapore’s super hot weather! To mitigate this problem, I did a few things. Firstly, I adjusted the proportion of the ingredients such that it would have less ‘liquid’ inside (only 1/4 cup milk).
Secondly was the temperature. I decided to freeze the ingredients until stone-hard cold, and put the blender and bowl into the freezer to help. I also realised that despite this, the smoothie was still not as thick as I had hoped for (unless I made and ate it in a very cold air-conditioned room!); so if you find that’s what happened, please feel free to pop the creamy acai bowl into the freezer for around half an hour to thicken it up.
The result? Ultimate yumminess that can kick any acai bowl outlet’s butt! I find commercial acai bowls, as delicious as they are, typically are overly-sweetened, slightly diluted without enough acai kick, and too strong of a banana taste overpowering it. This one didn’t have these problems, and was a fair bit cheaper too!
Most Creamy Acai Bowl
Serves: 1 bowl (serves 2) Time: 15 mins
Acai Bowl Ingredients:
- 1/2 large banana (cut in slices, frozen)
- 3/4 whole mango (cut in cubes, frozen)
- 3/4 cup frozen berries such as blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries (I used blueberries and strawberries)
- 1 x 100g frozen acai packet (unsweetened is best)
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp avocado (frozen)
- 1/4 cup fresh milk
For Decoration Toppings
- berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries
- figs, longans, any fruit you like!
- mango cubes; coconut chips (unsweetened)
- pomegranate seeds
- chia seeds, dried flowers
- 3 tbsp unsweetened granola
- pumpkin seeds
1. Place 2 tablespoons granola into a large, pretty bowl.
2. Place the bowl and the blender jug into a freezer to make cold (important in Singapore weather!).
3. Add all acai bowl ingredients into a blender and blend for around 1.5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Tips on how to break up the frozen acai packet easily for a smoother blend is shown in this video.
4. Pour this mixture into the bowl over the granola, and top with your favourite toppings.
5. Enjoy the luscious treat and serve immediately!
Per bowl (each bowl serves 2): 426 calories; 12.4g fat (3.6g saturated);
67g carbohydrates; 12.2g fibre, 10.4g protein; 58mg sodium
Carbohydrate Servings: 4.5