My First Experience with a Smoothie Bowl
I haven’t made a Smoothie Bowl for a while, and now I’m wondering what took me so long to make one again! A few years ago, I took a trip with my sister to visit my aunt in California near Santa Monica. It is beautiful there, the weather is perfect, you can bike to everything that is important, and the food is amazing. My aunt took us to this little breakfast spot near the beach and told us that we had to try the Acai Bowls. I wondered what all the fuss was about and ordered a bowl. It was AMAZING. Frozen Acai berries mixed with who knows what other goodness, with granola, bananas, and a drizzle of honey on top. Ugh, it was so good. I liked it so much, I got another before we left to go home.
When I got home to Pennsylvania, I was hoping to get some sort of smoothie bowl like that around here. I figured it couldn’t be too hard to find them. But Pennsylvania is a little behind California in lots of those food trend types of things(or anything trendy for that matter). The only places that sold Smoothie Bowls at that time were by the beach. No luck for me. So, I decided I’d better get started making my own.
Where do you even get Acai berries?
I started my search for Acai berries, and I couldn’t find any. They just didn’t sell them here! So I went to the next best option… blueberries! (Lately, I’ve been able to find acai berries at Trader Joes, but haven’t tried using them in a smoothie bowl yet!)
After giving up on Acai Berries and deciding on Blueberries, I looked up some recipes and got started. The thing with a smoothie bowl is, you need a lot of frozen fruit, the more frozen fruit you use, the thicker your smoothie bowl will be. The thicker the smoothie is, the harder it will be to blend. So, it will take a little experimentation to see what your blender can handle. I just recently bought a Vitamix, and I love it for this type of thing. It completely pulverizes everything and I don’t taste the spinach even the tiniest bit!
I honestly don’t remember what I put in my smoothie bowl the first time I made it, but today, I whipped up a Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Bowl, and it tasted like summer :-), so I’ll share it with you! Remember, adjust the ratio of frozen fruit to normal fruit depending on how thick you like it!
This is a basic Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Bowl and can be adjusted to your liking! Add more ice or frozen berries to make it thicker, or more milk to make it thinner
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk (you can substitute any other kind of milk, but may need to add a few ice cubes to make it thicker)
- 1 handful spinach
- a dash of vanilla
- Bannana pieces
- Chia Seeds
- Put the banana at the bottom of your blender. Dump in the blueberries, coconut milk (or other), vanilla, and spinach. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Tamper down, or scrape sides every 10 seconds or so if needed.
Have you ever used Acai berries in your cooking or smoothies? I’d love to know how it turned out!