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Tropical Acai Bowl

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Almond Breeze Almondmilk sponsored postA summer-inspired acai bowl that is naturally sweetened with hints of coconut and tropical fruit.

Tropical-Acai-Bowl 5If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have a bit of an obsession with homemade acai bowls.  You see, Omaha apparently is not cool enough yet to have cafes and restaurants that serve acai bowls.  As a result, Erin (the girl who got me hooked on these in the first place) and I will have to continue satisfying our acai bowl cravings all on our own.

Tropical- Acai-Bowl 3It almost never fails that I make an acai bowl at least one day out of the weekend.  It has become such a regular occurrence that I often joke about how I need to create an Instagram account solely dedicated to them.  What can I say?  When I get hooked on something, it sticks around for a long while.

Tropical-Acai-Bowl 8I am still crushing on my traditional bowl, but this past weekend I decided to mix things up a bit with the help of Blue Diamond.  It is practically May, which means it is practically summer… or maybe that is just wishful thinking?  Regardless, I have all things summer on the brain.  With one of those things being tropical fruit, I decided it would be fun to “tropicify” my acai bowl with hints of coconut and all of my favorite summery fruits.

Tropical-Acai-BowlYesterday I grabbed the almondmilk coconutmilk blend (so good), a couple of frozen acai berry packs, frozen cantaloupe, frozen pineapple, and frozen banana.  You could also throw in some mango if you feel extra fancy!

Tropical- Acai- Bowl 2I packed everything into my Vitamix and gave it a whirl.  The result was the most perfectly sweetened acai bowl with a hint of coconut and a punch of tropical fruit.  This just may have to become my new favorite weekend breakfast.

Tropical-Acai-Bowl 4Tropical Acai Bowl
Vegan + Gluten-Free

Serves 1

Ingredients

For the Acai Bowl:
2 100g unsweetened acai berry superfruit packs
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk
1/2 medium very ripe frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
honey or maple syrup, optional if you like a sweeter bowl

Toppings:
fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, and banana slices
fresh shredded coconut
granola or your favorite cereal

Directions

1. Remove acai berry superfruit packs from the freezer approximately 30 minutes before making the bowl.  Alternatively, you can run the packs under warm water until slightly thawed enough to break into chunks.

2. Place milk, contents of superfruit packs, frozen banana, frozen pineapple chunks, and frozen cantaloupe into a high powdered blender.  If using sweetener, add this now.

3. Blend for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, or until smooth.  It should be thicker than a smoothie, but not quite as thick as sorbet.

4. Pour the acai blend into a bowl.  Top with your favorite tropical toppings, like fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, banana slices, shredded coconut, and granola or cereal.  Mango and almond butter would also be great additions!

Tropical-Acai-Bowl 6One of my favorite things about acai bowls is that you can top them with nearly anything.  They are delicious with fresh fruit, granola/cereal, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and even your favorite nut butter.  I always like to balance my toppings out with a bit of fruity sweetness and some carby crunchiness.  It’s all about the balance!

Tropical-Acai-Bowl 7This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.  Thank you for supporting CEVG!

What are your favorite acai bowl toppings?

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  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 27, 2015, 12:24 am

    Yum! I LOVE acai bowls so much! I really need to make my own again!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:29 am

      Yes you do!! We can have an acai bowl party 😉

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine April 27, 2015, 5:31 am

    I actually had NO idea what an acai bowl was until reading your post, haha. I have seen them all over Insta but I don’t think there are any hip spots in SW Florida that serve them either 😉 It looks DELICIOUS though and now I just need to find those acai berry packs.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:32 am

      Yes you do!! Check Whole Foods if you have one near you. That is normally where I buy mine.

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 27, 2015, 5:59 am

    Looks amazing! I’d love to start my day with a big bowl of this! Delicious!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:32 am

      I wish I could start EVERY day with these.. but I normally don’t have time to sit down and eat on the week days 🙁

  • Parental Journey April 27, 2015, 7:21 am

    I am always looking for a new breakfast recipes – and this one is great!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:35 am

      I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do!

  • Jerusha @CitrusSwirl.com April 27, 2015, 7:27 am

    That looks so pretty and it’s perfectly in line with my health needs right now! Thank you for sharing!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:36 am

      You are so welcome! Let me know if you give it a try!

  • FrugalChicken April 27, 2015, 8:21 am

    I love acai (don’t love the price though!). I love how tropical this recipe is – all those fruits go great together.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:38 am

      I hear you! I really wish the acai packs were cheaper. My credit card does not love them even though my body does 😉

  • Leah April 27, 2015, 9:05 am

    Looks so yummy! Nice and summery flavors!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:38 am

      Now we just need the summery weather!

  • Alissa Apel April 27, 2015, 9:37 am

    Your breakfast bowls always look so good!

    I think you’d really like the breakfast stuff on this page: https://www.pinterest.com/whereisksenia/breakfast-criminals/

    I’m pinning this. Can you get the 2 100g unsweetened acai berry superfruit packs at HyVee? Thanks!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:40 am

      Thanks so much, Alissa, and thank you for sharing that board! I have found the acai berry packs at Whole Foods and at Natural Grocers. I haven’t checked any of the Hy-Vees yet, so I’m not sure if they carry them.

  • Dana | fresh simple five April 27, 2015, 10:00 am

    This sounds amazing! Can you believe I’ve never had an acai bowl?! Crazy, right? This version reminds me of sitting on a beach somewhere. I’m putting it on my list to try!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:41 am

      That is exactly what I want people to think about when they see this… the beach and warm weather!! 🙂

      And… you had best be trying an acai bowl soon. You are missing out 😉

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 27, 2015, 10:04 am

    I NEED to get my hands on acai packs……damn.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:41 am

      YES you do!!!!! That is all 🙂

  • The Healthy Apple April 27, 2015, 10:05 am

    This sounds like a happy, healthy way to start the day! Beautiful post!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 11:42 am

      Thanks so much! It is certainly healthy, and it most definitely made me happy when I was eating it. How can you night be happy when something has so many bright colors, right?

  • Kim @ Kim's Cravings April 27, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I so need to try an acai bowl and I love your spin on it with the tropical fruits! Gorgeous photos too!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 2:11 pm

      You definitely need to try one, Kim! If you love smoothies then you should love acai bowls 🙂

  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks April 27, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing your go-to recipe! I’ve never tried making these at home, but you make it so simple. I’ll have to hunt down some frozen acai and try!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 12:53 pm

      They are seriously SO simple! If you can make a smoothie then you can make these. Let me know if you give it a try 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 27, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Everyone is making these lately! Need to hunt down some acai packs. It’s so much cheaper than buying a bowl!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 2:12 pm

      It’s the cool thing to do, isn’t it? 😉 You should def be on the lookout for the acai packs. Whole Foods should surely have them!

  • Olivia Schwab April 27, 2015, 4:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I need to start making more things with acai!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 27, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Yes!! It is SO good. I’m already trying to think of new ways to use it for my breakfasts 🙂

  • Giselle April 27, 2015, 10:57 pm

    Yum! I haven’t actually made my own acai bowl but had one at a local shop a few months ago, so good!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 28, 2015, 8:49 am

      Aren’t they awesome? I’d say it is time for you to make your own at home!!

  • Summer April 28, 2015, 6:49 am

    That sounds delicious!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 28, 2015, 8:59 am

      Thanks so much, Summer! I hope you give it a try!

  • Mary April 28, 2015, 7:01 pm

    I didn’t realize Blue Diamond makes almond coconut milk. Can’t wait to try it!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 28, 2015, 7:17 pm

      It is delicious! I am sure you will enjoy it!

  • Bobi April 29, 2015, 9:41 am

    Yum!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2015, 11:31 am

      It most definitely is!!

  • Madeline Elizabeth June 27, 2016, 3:46 pm

    hi there!

    I’m from Omaha too and I’d lovvve to know where you found and bought the Acai packets!!! Thank you 🙂

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 27, 2016, 3:56 pm

      I no longer live in Omaha 🙁 … but, I always got them at Whole Foods!

  • Melissa @Insiderthekitchen.com April 23, 2017, 12:51 pm

    You know I have smoothie bowls all the time but I have yet to make my own. Which is really stupid. Because they are so good. Love all the toppings you chose!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 23, 2017, 2:34 pm

      You should definitely try making your own because you are right… they are so good AND easy to make!

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