Acai Coconut Bowl

Y ou know something? I never considered myself a healthy eater.

For reals. My definition of a balanced diet includes: Cake (carbs), Nutella (for protein), Chocolate (essential fats)…and can’t forget fruits & greens! So chocolate with berries or green tea milk chocolate it is. (it exists!! Japan sells Green Tea Kit Kat. It is EXACTLY as amazing as it sounds. And you can get it from Amazon.com).  You’re Welcome 🙂

But when you live in California, and especially when your currently-not-favorite-person-evil-doctor tells you you’ve got to go gluten & dairy free, you look for creative ways to get your sweeth tooth fix on. Hello, health foods that are meant to be really, like really good for you. Bonus, if it’s hard to pronounce. Enter: Acai.

How the heck do you say it anyways? Glad you asked, I’ve happily embarrassed myself enough times, dear reader, so you don’t have to. I walked into a smoothie bar in San Francisco & asked for an “Eh-Kay-ee” smoothie. The barista threw me the same sympathetic look I’ve seen the judges on America’s Got Talent give to the 8 year old performer they have to tell no – “hon, did you mean to say Aaah-Sigh-ee”? I quickly flipped my hair & pulled myself to my full height (all glorious 5″1 inches of it). “Ofcourse that’s what I meant!,” I huffed amidst giggles.

It was delicious!! There wasn’t a whey or protein boost in that smoothie, but there sure was a Mojo boost. (Okay, groaning on my lame joke, done?). Good, let’s move on then…

I knew I had to make it at home…. why not dress it up all fancy in a coconut & make a smoothie bowl? Look how pretty….

Acai coconut berry bowl

Acai smoothie coconut bowl

Here’s what’s great about this Acai Coconut bowl: it’s loaded with anti-oxidants, thanks to the Acai, which is basically a super dark cherry. It’s tart, but tangy & sweet from pineapple, mango & banana. I also added Maple Syrup to it, so it takes the sweet spot to another level. Toppings like granola, Chia seeds, kiwis & figs give it a crunchy, juicy texture. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dessert. Adorned in a Coconut, with flowers it’ll make you feel like you’re on an island vacation.

Sigh, Aaah-Sigh-ee, let’s go there now!

acai coconut bowl

 

My family slurped this down at home… and the best part is, it only took 15 minutes to make! Healthy, sweet & easy to make = one happy Mojo hunter. I hope you have loads of fun making this, I sure did!

If you do make this recipe, do share your pictures on instagram with #findmymojyo, I’d love to see you rockin’ some Mojo with your coconut bowls!

 

Acai Coconut Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings & feeling like you've suddenly got ACAI super-powers.

Ingredients

    For Smoothie Bowl:
  • 1 pack 3.5 oz. unsweetened frozen Acai Puree - This is what I use
  • 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup (alternatively, use Agave Syrup or Vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (alternatively, use coconut water or almond milk, as preferred)
    For Toppings:
  • 1 coconut, split into two halves
  • 1/2 tsp Granola
  • 1/2 tsp Chia seeds
  • Chopped fruits of your choice: I used strawberries, bananas, figs, kiwis, raspberries

Instructions

  1. Blend all the smoothie bowl ingredients together. If you prefer a thick smoothie, cut down on the milk/water. If you prefer a liquidy smoothie, increase the milk/water added.
  2. Crack open the coconut using a hammer. Hammer evenly by the 'equator', aka center of the coconut. Make sure to get the fresh coconut water!
  3. Pour in the smoothie into the coconut halves.
  4. Top with your choice toppings, as desired!

Notes

Dairy free, Vegan, Vegetarian, for gluten-free version, use Gluten-free Granola

http://www.findmymojyo.com/acai-coconut-bowl/
acai coconut bowl

 


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