Enjoying a healthy and picture-perfect breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to trendy cafés. This acai bowl recipe will have you sighing with pleasure thanks to the added crunch and nutrition that our macadamia nuts provide.
This acai bowl recipe calls for acai powder, so you don’t have to worry about having access to fresh acai berries. The creaminess of macadamia nuts is the perfect accompaniment for the blended bowl of sweet goodness that comes from the other ingredients.
Is Acai Hawaiian?
The acai palm tree is native to South America, originally coming from the Amazon River delta in Brazil (though now it is also available from the Amazon marketplace)! You’d be forgiven for thinking that this wonderful little berry grows in Hawaii since it is a tropical fruit that is very popular there.
Acai and macadamia nuts make a great tropical superfood pair. Both are relatively low in sugar compared to other similar products and are packed full of nutrients. The acai berry is particularly high in antioxidants and has a slightly tart, earthy flavor.
What’s Better? Acai Powder or Frozen Acai?
This acai bowl recipe calls for acai powder, but you’ve probably also noticed frozen acai puree available in health food stores. Whether you use acai powder or frozen acai is up to you— each has its benefits.
The frozen puree contains pulp and can help add a nice thick texture to your smoothies and bowls, as well as more flavor. However, keep in mind that these purees often have sugar added.
Acai powder is easier to store since it doesn’t need to take up space in your freezer. It is more versatile so it can be added to more types of foods. And, acai powder usually also has more concentrated nutrients.
Other Frozen Fruit Combinations for Your Acai Bowl
The fun thing about this acai bowl recipe is that you can modify it to incorporate any and all of your favorite frozen and fresh fruits! For a tropical burst of flavor and all the vitamins that come with it, try frozen pineapple, mango, or papaya.
If you love berries, throw in just your favorites or even a medley of raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. To switch things up, you could try a citrus-flavored acai bowl by putting in frozen orange juice or grapefruit.
Frozen fruits are the best for blending to achieve the thick consistency of the main bowl but remember that you can top the bowl with fresh fruits along with macadamia nuts. How delicious this acai bowl recipe can be is only limited by your own imagination, so think big!
Acai Bowl with Macadamia Nuts & Shredded Coconut
2 tbsp of Acai powder
1 cup of frozen fruit
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of honey
Unsalted Macadamia Nuts
What to Blend For Your Acai Bowl
Gather the ingredients you want to blend (i.e. acai powder, frozen fruit, frozen banana, milk, and honey) and throw them in a blender.
Blend together ingredients for 5 seconds at a time. We recommend turning off your blender, opening the lid, and testing the consistency of your acai bowl every 5 seconds. The goal is to get the thickness exactly to the level you enjoy! If at any point your blend is too thin, feel free to add ice or more frozen fruit. If your blend is too thick, just add water or milk.
Once blended, pour into a bowl and top with chia seeds, blueberries, shredded coconut, and of course our tasty, unsalted macadamia nuts. Put as much or as little as you'd like.
Lastly, take a photo or video and tag @islandharvesthawaii on Instagram and other socials. Remember to pull out your camera quick! Your toppings may slip beneath the surface if you wait too long! It means the world to us to see the macadamia nuts we grew being enjoyed out in the world, so thank you in advance for sharing.