Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango

February 20, 2015

Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango

I am totally in love with breakfast smoothie bowls at the moment. They are so quick and easy to prepare and you can pack them full of nourishing and nutrient rich ingredients to give you a healthy antioxidant and energy boost. Acai smoothie bowls have definitely taken off lately. There are so many cafes and market stalls serving them now and for good reason. They are delicious! After eating my first acai smoothie bowl at Cocobliss a while ago, I came home and set to work recreating my own version of acai bowl heaven. I make lots of versions now and I wanted to share my Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango with you because it is so quick and easy to prepare.

You only need a handful of ingredients to make my Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango. This is a really tasty, light and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert recipe. As far as I’m concerned, you can eat an acai bowl any time of the day! This is an organic, raw vegan, paleo friendly, and gluten free, grain free, sugar free and dairy free recipe.

I love to use freeze dried acai berry powder in my Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango, rather than using frozen acai berries. Some brands add cane sugar to their blended frozen acai berries so I prefer to use a combination of acai berry powder and organic frozen berries to give the same taste and texture of frozen acai berries. The coconut water keeps the flavours really fresh and light in this recipe and I love the subtle taste of the raw cacao powder. If you want to make your Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango that little bit creamier, then add your favourite plant-based, non-dairy milk instead of coconut water. Soy milk and almond milk work really well in this recipe.

When it comes to acai bowls, it’s all about the toppings and my Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango is no exception. Keeping with the cacao theme, I topped mine with fresh mango pieces, organic frozen mixed berries, cacao nibs and goji berries. There are lots of different topping combinations you can try. I also love adding cacao buckinis (either homemade or bought from Loving Earth) and any type of seasonal organic fruit. Coconut chips, cacao nibs and fresh berries also work well, or you could try some cut up banana, strawberries and activated almonds for some crunch. It’s totally up to you!

So, the next time you feel like an acai bowl, try making my Cacao Acai Bowl with Mango at home. You will save money, get to play around with flavours and create something beautiful that you can enjoy any time.

Cacao Acai Bowl

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150g) organic frozen mixed berries
  • 2 large frozen organic bananas, cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup organic coconut water or your favourite non-dairy milk (e.g. soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of organic acai berry powder
  • 2 organic medjool dates, pitted and quartered

Toppings

  • 1 fresh mango cheek, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of organic frozen mixed berries or fresh berries
  • 1 tablespoon of organic cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon of organic goji berries

Method

  1. Place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spoon the Cacao Acai Bowl mixture into your favourite bowls and add the toppings. Enjoy immediately!



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