If only all food could be this pretty.
That would honestly make so happy. I cannot even begin to explain my excitement over this pretty AND delicious bowl. Like it’s my favorite thing ever. I know that sounds so crazy, but for a person who literally photographs food day in and day out, shooting something so naturally pretty is always so much fun.
Major GEEK alert…
Also, I just finished a week of shooting way too many burger recipes. I’ve decided burgers are for sure one of my least favorite foods to photograph. I feel like every food photographer has a food they hate to work with, and for me, that may just be burgers. For some reason I really struggle with them, and my day usually ends in tears. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m totally not. From now on, I may just stick to only EATING burgers and skipping the photos. For real.
Alright, so let’s get right down to this Peanut Butter Acai Bowl.
With summer basically here, and the temperatures actually somewhat warm where I live, I have been craving fresh smoothies like crazy. I’m a huge fan of the Acai Bowl, so like clockwork, it’s time for a new Acai recipe. Last year around this time, I made this super tropical one, and this year, I’m going all peanut butter on ya! You all know I am a huge fan of peanut butter, really any nut butter, so this was bound to happen at some point or another.
I just want to put this out there right upfront, if for some reason or another you’re not a peanut butter person, you can use any nut or butter in its place. NO BIG deal. I think that cashew butter and sunflower seed butter would be equally DELICIOUS here. 🙂
I love peanut butter though, so that is what I typically use.
This acai bowl is simple. I’m talking maybe ten minutes of prep work, zero cooking and maybe five minutes to make it look all pretty. Because let’s be real, if you’re making an Acai bowl you gotta make it look good for Instagram. duh.
I like to use the frozen acai packets that you can get at Whole Foods, but for those of you who cannot find them, you can use this Acai Powder that I find works just as well. To my acai packets, I like to add my favorite base smoothie combo: coconut milk, peanut butter, strawberries, a small handful of raspberries (for really good color), two super ripe bananas and a little splash of vanilla for an extra flavor boost. Super simple, but like I said, it’s my favorite base smoothie combo, it never fails me!
OKok, but everyone knows an Acai Bowl is all about the toppings, so for mine I go big or go home. I’m talking homemade granola, a hefty spoonful of peanut butter/nut butter – whatever I have on hand, a sprinkle of hemp and or sesame seeds and all the fresh berries and fruits I can get my hands on. Oh and then edible flowers, because again, I gotta make it look super fun and pretty!
And then, you guys, that’s kind of it.
This may be one of the simplest recipes I have on this site, but yet I am so excited to be sharing it with you. This is one of those base recipes that I feel like everyone should have. It’s fast, healthy and SO freaking good, plus super satisfying. It sticks to your bones, but in the best way, and leaves you with so much energy! Perfect for a good morning breakfast or a hearty snack! Bonus, I love that I have all these ingredients on hand at ALL TIMES. Frozen bananas, strawberries, raspberries and acai packs are all in the freezer and then some kind of milk is either always in the fridge or on the pantry shelf (assuming it’s shelf stable) and I always, always always have multiple jars of peanut butter in my pantry…can never have too many backups!
So you see?!?! You clearly need this recipe in your life. Like maybe today? I’d say GO FOR IT. ?
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl.
- 2 tablespoons frozen Acai Berry Packs OR 4 Acai Berry Powder*
- 1 cup coconut milk or your favorite milk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 super ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons nut butter I used peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey + more for serving
- [granola | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/brown-butter-pecan-maple-quinoa-autumn-harvest-granola/] seeds, berries/stone fruits, edible flowers and nut butter, for topping
Run the frozen acai berry packs under hot water and then squeeze them out into a blender. To the blender, add the coconut milk, berries, bananas, honey, nut butter and vanilla. Blend until completely smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl. Top with your desired toppings. I went with [homemade granola | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/brown-butter-pecan-maple-quinoa-autumn-harvest-granola/], cherries, berries, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, a spoonful or peanut butter butter and a drizzle of honey.
I’ll take all the pretty Acai Bowls please! 🙂