Get your appetite ready for double deliciousness today, because on the menu is an easy delicious recipe for an acai bowl with homemade granola. I vacationed in Hawaii in late February and ate a bowl just like this every single day. If acai is new to you, read on! Skip the granola making and sub a storebought variety. You could also skip the bowl, make just the granola and get to noshin. Hello YUM. Homemade Granola Acai Bowl is a recipe for a Hello Lovely Breakfast.
p.s. if you’re not into breakfast bowls, scroll to the bottom to hear a prayer for healing I wrote and sang at the piano. 🙂
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Homemade Granola Acai Bowl: Hello Lovely Breakfast!
This is my favorite breakfast/brunch/lunch at the moment, and the most important ingredient (acai sorbet) has been difficult to find in stores until recently. Hallelujah, SAMBAZON Açaí Berry Sorbet is now on Amazon!
Açaí is a powerhouse fruit only grown in the Amazon Rainforest. It’s whole food nutrition (packed with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas) and has a unique rich flavor reminiscent of a blackberry crossed with bittersweet chocolate.
I not only enjoy the taste of not-sweet acai berries (almost no sugar!), but I love that they actually contain good fat and are high in fiber. Does that even sound like a fruit?
Acai Berry Sorbet
The frozen sorbet is dreamy because the consistency is so much richer and superior to those messy Freezepop-like packets which used to be the only alternative. If the cost for 8 containers raises your eyebrows…I hear you.
But consider that an acai bowl at a stand or restaurant costs $10-12, and I find 8 pints enough for around 40 bowls made at home. I’m frugal, but I’m okay with the premium involved for a superfood like this which only grows in South America.
Acai Bowl Ingredients
Assorted Fresh Fruit, Sliced
Granola, recipe follows for my homemade variety
Drizzle of Raw Organic Honey*
*unless you’re making this for babies/little ones…no raw honey!
Scoop sorbet in bowl, add fruit and granola, then drizzle with honey. Enjoy this lovely treat for breakfast, lunch, or dessert.
These yummy bowls are gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be vegan by eliminating the honey.
Insta-ready Bowl & Spoon
If you want to truly get tropical with coconut bowls and spoons, I have you covered…
In Hawaii, I usually order the ‘surfer style’ bowl which is acai, coconut, granola, fresh sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey.
At home, my current favorite combo is seen here: fresh diced pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, granola (with nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries/cherries/golden raisins), and honey.
Assembling the bowls can be a work of art, and I’ll have some pretty ones to share in the future, but I was short on time this particular morning!
Make the Granola or BUY IT HERE!
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 cup Flax & Chia Blend
3/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbsp. Psyllium Husk Powder, optional for added fiber
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
In a mixing bowl, combine above ingredients oats, almonds, seeds, Psyllium (optional), and salt. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients below then pour over dry ingredients in bowl, gently folding to incorporate.
2/3 cup Maple Syrup
2/3 cup Raw Organic Honey*
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted (optional, for richness)
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
*unless you’re making this for baby/little ones…use brown sugar instead.
Gently place this mixture on a parchment-lined sheet pan or cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, gently stir and return to oven. Bake for 30 minutes more, remove from oven and let cool completely on the sheet. While granola cools, combine in large mixing bowl:
2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal, slightly crushed
When granola is cool, add to cereal/berries and gently combine. Store in jars or airtight containers. Can be frozen or refrigerated to prolong freshness.
Steps to Make Granola
Photos of the process follow in case you need them:
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients in bowl then combine.
Spread on parchment lined sheet pan and bake as instructed above.
Let cool completely in pan.
Mix slightly crushed Rice Krispies and dried fruit before adding cooled granola.
Gently combine granola, cereal, and dried fruit.
Store in jars and enjoy!
There are so many optional add-ins and possibilities to make this recipe your own (peanut butter? pistachios? pepitas? hemp seed?).
Have you made my HEALTHY gluten-free, no-knead, no-flour BREAD yet?
Me Singing a Prayer I Wrote for Mom
A few years back, I wrote this simple song for my mom who battles cancer. (Some of you will recognize the old studio in our former home with the swing hanging from the ceiling and canvases with BE A LIGHT.) It is about surrendering our wounds for divine healing, and I hope if you crave peace just now, it will bring a little.
Peace to you right where you are.
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