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Açaí Bowls


Açaí bowls are what all of the cool kids in Hawaii are eating. I’m not kidding. These things took our little island by storm and açaí bowl stands suddenly popped up everywhere. The concept is as simple or as complex as you wish to make it. Our favorite açaí bowls may not be fancy but they are perfect to start the day. My family and my guests love them and I hope you will, too.

Before we get any further, I want to apologize for the quality of these photos. I had to take these in the early morning hours because I’m taking my son to a worm farming and composting workshop for local homeschoolers today. I used my little lightbox and hoped for the best but this may be one of those posts that I end up reshooting. Or I’ll just promise to reshoot and then forget.

Probably the latter.

Here’s what you will need:

1 packet of açaí berries (I use Sambazon frozen Açaí Berry Superfruit Pack)
1 or 2 handfuls of granola (I use my own recipe, Aloha Granola)
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 peeled orange
4-5 fresh strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
some Agave nectar
OPTIONAL: coconut flakes for sprinkling
a strong blender (Vitamix/Blendtec) or a food processor


Rinse the packet of açaí berries in the sink until the packet softens enough for you to break it into a few sections.

Squeeze it out of the bag and into your blender. Add the orange and the blueberries. If you have a Vitamix, use the plunger and keep it on a low setting until it’s broken down. Blend it on medium or medium-high (Vitamix: 6) until it turns into a thick melty-sorbet texture. If you want to see the texture, click here because I’m not posting that picture. Nope.

Now, spoon the mixture into a drinking glass, bowl, or wide-mouth canning jar. Add a layer of granola and the fresh fruit. Now, pour a bit of the agave nectar over the fruit and sprinkle it with coconut (if you wish).

Grab a spoon and prepare to be a very, very happy person.

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