In an ideal world, I would wake up every morning, go to the gym, do my hair and makeup, pick out a cute outfit, and stop at a healthy café for breakfast, all before starting my day. That would be great, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, real life doesn’t usually allow for this kind of a morning routine. My “morning routine” (if you can even call it that) during the school year mostly consists of sleeping in until the last possible minute, frantically getting ready, and rushing out the door to get to class on time. Not so glamorous, huh? Fortunately, there are three months during the year when I can get ready as slowly as I want: during summer break.
Since I am currently in the middle of my summer break, I have been enjoying the mornings much more than usual. I now have time to take a walk, make breakfast, and maybe read a book if I feel like it. With most days being completely free, I even have time to get creative in the kitchen for breakfast, which is one of my favorite things to do! Breakfast recipes are my favorite to experiment with, as I love trying new pancake flavors or playing around with different smoothie ingredients. I especially love recreating expensive restaurant breakfasts at home, which is why I love making acai bowls! There is something about acai bowls which just makes you feel so refreshed and ready to take on the day. Unfortunately, specialty smoothie shops charge a fortune for them, and they’re able to get away with it because people like trendy food. However, I like to be frugal with my money (to an extent) and there’s a certain line I won’t cross when it comes to spending. Shelling out $10 for a bowl of blended fruit definitely crosses that line. If you’re like me and you enjoy a good acai bowl (but refuse to pay more than a few dollars for one), then I encourage you to try out this affordable homemade version!
Coconut Berry Acai Bowls
There's no need to shell out $10 at a fancy juice bar to get your acai bowl fix. This homemade version is cheaper, quicker, and just as tasty!
- 2 100g packs frozen açaí puree
- 2 small frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 cup coconut milk not from a can
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup granola
- Handful of fresh blueberries
- 2 large fresh strawberries sliced
- 1/2 cup toasted coconut chips
Run frozen açaí packs under warm water until thawed, about 1 minute.
Add açaí puree, bananas, berries, coconut milk, and maple syrup to a blender and blend until smooth.
Divide evenly between two bowls and top each with 1/4 cup granola, a few fresh blueberries, 1 sliced strawberry, and 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips before serving.