Acai bowls can be expensive, unless you make them at home! This recipe is inspired by one of my favorites in Charlottesville, VA but costs significantly less. The vanilla bean granola is special- slightly chewy, but rich in flavor from the vanilla bean and cashews. This recipe makes a lot of granola, which stores beautifully in an airtight container for a week. What are your favorite acai bowl toppings?
Serves: 1 acai bowl, 10 servings granola
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
What (your ingredients):
Vanilla Bean Granola:
3 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup cashews
pinch of pink Himalaya sea salt
½ vanilla bean
Handful of spinach
1 frozen banana
2 handfuls frozen mango
½ cup plant-based milk
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
1 scoop greens powder with probiotics
How (your directions):
Preheat oven to 350°F.
For the vanilla bean granola, add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir until evenly distributed.
Pour mixture onto lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove granola from oven and allow to cool.
For the acai bowl, place all ingredients in a highspeed blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into bowl and top with favorite toppings (frozen blueberries, coconut flakes, chia seeds) and the vanilla bean granola!
Why (the science): Acai is a trending “superfood,” but for good reason. Rich in antioxidants to reduce inflammation, acai also contains heart-healthy fats.