Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl...

I’ve been in love with the idea of an Acai breakfast bowl ever since I tried my first one at a Choice Health Bar in Lahaina, Maui a couple of years ago. It became a favorite breakfast for me while I was in Maui. There was nothing better then waking up to the sun, walking on the beach listening to the waves roar and then going into town for a delicious and filling yet totally nutritious breakfast. Every time I ate one of those Acai bowls in Maui I felt like I was eating energy, like I was eating power. It’s such a great way to fuel your day, and eating a rainbow of fruity filled goodness for breakfast just puts you in an immediately positive mood.

When I came back to Chicago however there were no Acai bowls to be found in any of my local haunts and so I gradually began to forget about the awesome power of acai in the morning. It wasn’t until I returned home to Vancouver this past month that I was once again reunited with my love of the acai bowl. My husband and I were in North Vancouver doing some touristy stuff since we’d been able to snag some free time away from family drama. Since we were out there I wanted to take him to a cool, raw, vegan, smoothie bar I’d discovered last year. Lo and behold when we arrived at the tiny busting smoothie bar they had a sign for their own version of an Acai breakfast bowl. - More about that bowl in particular and the smoothie bar in a review post - promise. - Needless to say I was desperate to order it for breakfast, and once that acai touched my tongue you could consider my love rekindled.

Why it had never occurred to me to make my own acai breakfast bowls upon returning home from Maui I will never know, but after having one again in Vancouver I knew I wouldn’t be able to live without it again. The following recipe is my take on an acai breakfast bowl, and it’s one of the very first things I made once we were back in Chicago. The cool thing about an Acai bowl is that they’re pretty versatile, you can load them up however you like, and add in what you want. I remember Choice Health Bar in Maui had more then just one version of the bowl listed in their breakfast menu - some of them quite elaborate - but for my take I wanted something simple, refreshing and delicious.

This bowl wins on all points, you simply must make it. Think of it as a smoothie you can chew, and prepare to be amazed!

Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl 

1/4 C Frozen Blueberries
6 Frozen Strawberries (8 if berries are small)
1 3.5oz pack of Frozen Acai Berry Puree
1/3 C Acai Berry Juice
3 Ice Cubes
1 ½ tsp Agave Nectar
1/4 C Granola
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
2 tsp Ground Flaxseed
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1 Sliced Banana
Handful of Fresh Blueberries

- Combine frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, acai berry puree, acai berry juice, agave nectar, chia seeds, flaxseed, and ice cubes in a high speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and completely pureed. You can add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker consistency if you like.

- Pour the mixture into a bowl. Then top with your favorite organic vegan granola - I used a vanilla strawberry blend - hemp seeds, the sliced banana and fresh blueberries.

Enjoy immediately, sitting somewhere where you can enjoy the sun!

*** NOTE - If you need this recipe to be gluten-free make sure you purchase and use a gluten-free granola ***

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I just wanted to apologize for being M.I.A the past month. At the end of April there was a family emergency and I had to go back home to Vancouver. Everything happened so fast that I didn't have time to post before I left, and then while I was gone I had both limited time and limited internet access, so didn't bother posting then either. So, to make a long story short, everything is okay, or it's going to be okay, or it's going to be as okay as it can be, which is a relief. I'm back home in Chicago now, and after I settle back into life here and get everything squared away i'll get back to posting regularly. I'll probably get back to it sometime next week, maybe Monday or Tuesday, and I've got a lot of really great stuff to share. I didn't do too much cooking while I was away, but I did try at least a dozen new and delicious restaurants that I can't wait to tell you all about.

Hope you're all well, I've really missed keeping up with everyone. So much to catch up on now that i'm back!