My latest food obsession is Acai Bowls. They are amazing! There is a local shop here in Tulsa that I love called Ediblend. This is where I had my first Acai Bowl and OMG I have been hooked ever since.

There are only 2 things I don’t like about  them: 1) they cost around $8-10 and 2) they are NOT allergy friendly for my little guy.

Soooo I did a little research and decided to go for it and make my own Acai Bowls at home! A few things I found out is that not all bowls are created equal. Some have a @#$% load of sugar in them which I do NOT want or need. Obvi fruit has natural sugar but I did NOT want to add more. Some people may use acai berry juice or extracts, which is fine, but I wanted all the power from the super food and not the extra calories.

So I purchased some organic freeze dried Acai berry powder online for $17 Navitas Naturals Organic Acai Powder

It is kinda pricey but shockingly cheaper than the Amazon. Freeze dried acai berry powder is the best because it has all the SUPER health benefits. For more info:

Freeze dried acai berry vs. acai juice or acai extracts

12 Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Next, I went on Pinterest and checked out some healthy and low sugar acai bowl recipes. Besides the powder,  I normally have all of these ingredients at home, so it really is cost effective for us to make them vs. going to buy them.  SAVING MONEY HONEY!

The coolest part about acai bowls is that you can decorate them. It is like making art with your food. I do believe we eat with our eyes first.  Here are all the ingredients I used to make our family acai bowls. These are all vegan, allergy friendly and delish! This recipe can be changed based on what you like and what you have available.

NO RULES! JUST YUM! Since we cannot have gluten or oats or nuts I use different items for crunch.

Adding granola and a handful of almonds would be ideal!

ACAI BERRY SMOOTHIE

1 tbsp Acai Powder

1/2 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk  (substitute coconut water)

1 banana

2 cups frozen mixed antioxidant blend fruit (substitute any frozen berries)

BLEND until super smooth and a gorgeous purple color

RAINBOW TOPPINGS

Sliced Strawberries

Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

Sliced Pineapple

Sliced Banana

Pomegranate Seeds

Coconut chips

Chocolate chips

Chia seeds

Acai Bowl

Again a “traditional” bowl usually has some kind of granola and or nuts which is the best but keeping it allergy friendly.

Like many moms out there ESPECIALLY Allergy Aware Moms we go to any and all lengths to get our kids to eat safely & healthy! This is a SUPER FUN way to get kids cooking and excited about eating healthy. I am going to encourage my boys to “design” their bowls next time with whatever toppings they like. A girlfriend of mine said she treats herself to an acai bowl instead of ice-cream.

I hope you all like my version and be sure to share, comment and like my posts! Thanks for reading!

XOXO
Just Happy Mommy

PS I got most of my ingredients from Target and Trader Joe’s

 

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