My husband and I have been on the acai bowl kick for quite some time. My kids would always ask for a bite and fell in love (because my husband likes to get it with Nutella) so of course they started asking for a bowl. I always hesitate because, hello they’re like $100 per bowl (I kid, kinda) so I had an idea to make them for the girls at home. That way I could make everything from scratch and add my own healthy ingredients for a fraction of the cost!
I immediately started researching how to make acai bowls and couldn’t find anything that would be great for kids. I bought the unsweetened organic acai packets from Trader Joe’s and started from there. I like to add spinach (*note do not add frozen spinach, it has a different taste then fresh). My kids have no idea I add something that’s healthy because the taste is undetectable. I also add in flax meal, chia seeds, frozen berries, 3/4 banana and 1/4 cup almond milk. In this particular bowl I also added two dates. Believe it or not they add a sweetness without the processed sugar. Try not to add too much liquid as you need it to be a thicker texture. If you add fresh berries, make sure to add ice to thicken it up! I like to add frozen banana. When I find bananas turning ripe and I know my kids will “complain” about the brown spots, I peel it and stick it in the freezer. Makes a great addition to a smoothie or acai bowl. After I add the ingredients into the blender I pulse until everything is pureed. If it has too much liquid, I add more flax meal and ice. Pour into bowl and then layer with granola. I also add a teaspoon of peanut butter and a 1/2 teaspoon of nutella. Slice up the rest of the banana, a few strawberries and even blueberries. Voila! A healthy breakfast your kids will ask you to make every day. My kids literally ask every day. It takes less than 5 minutes and I feel good they have a healthy breakfast. The sugar content is less than processed pancakes and syrup. I only add a touch of Nutella and sometimes I don’t add it at all. You can even sub Almond Butter if you have a peanut allergy. Hope you enjoy as much as my kids do! Note: I often have enough leftover so I add it this granola for myself. It has lower carbs and sugar.