Acai bowl is amazing, but this Acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl is even better. It is easy to make, nutritious, packed with antioxidant and super delicious.
Hello all my lovely people!
Today I would like to share a recipe and some life update with you.
But first, recipe!
My acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl that makes me feel so happy every time I have it in the morning.
It is October here in Tokyo but it can be still hot on some days which makes me want to have something cold and hydrating.
I love smoothies because they are full of vitamins and minerals that boosts your energy.
It is hydrating for your skin and hair, and easy on your stomach. And good alternative for dairy ice cream too!
Ingredients for the Acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl
To make this smoothie bowl is super easy! Basically, all you have to do is throw all the ingredients until it’s nice and thick.
However, there are some key ingredients you need for this recipe so let’s dive in!
You might be wondering, what is Acai?? I had the same question too when I first heard of it. Acai bowl once took social media over by stream and it was all hyped everywhere.
So what is Acai? Acai is a pretty little berries from Acai palm tree from South America rain forest. Usually you can find Acai in frozen form in small packets or powder form in supermarkets.
I use both Acai powder and frozen Acai for my Acai bowl. My favourite Acai powder is from Navitas Organics, it is vegan, organic and super easy to add to your smoothie. Acai is very high in antioxidant which is one of the things I love about Acai!
2. Frozen banana
I always keep some frozen bananas in my freezer because I never know when that craving for a thick and creamy smoothie hits me!
Frozen is the key here as fresh bananas won’t make the same consistency. If you make any smoothie bowl with fresh bananas it will still work, However, the consistency will be a lot runnier like normal smoothies. Using fresh bananas make a smoothie rather than smoothie bowl.
Using frozen bananas makes this smoothie recipe extra thick and creamy, almost like a bowl of ice cream! Who doesn’t like that? And because it’s frozen it will keep cool for a lot longer than when using fresh ones.
3. Soy yogurt
Soy yoghurt is something I like adding into my smoothie bowls to make my smoothie bowl smooth and creamy. It’s also a great boost in protein and natural probiotics too!
If you don’t like the taste of soy yogurt, try other types of plant-based yogurt such as almond yogurt, coconut yogurt or even some with vanilla flavour for a richer vanilla taste! I love using coconut yogurt too, as it gives nice tropical flavour to my Acai bowl.
4. Soy milk
I use soy milk to smoothly blend this smoothie bowl Since we are using all ingredients in frozen form, it is necessary to add a little bit of liquid in the making of the Acai bowl.
I used soy milk in this recipe but again you can also use any of your favourite plant-based milk too such as almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, hemp milk, quinoa milk, etc.
Adding plant-milk is the step that decides the thickness of your Acai bowl, so add your plant-milk little by little to get your ideal thickness! Be careful not to add too much liquid, as this results in too thin consistency and it won’t hold toppings on top as nicely as thick consistency.
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You will LOVE this Acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl if you are:
– Smoothie bowl lover
– looking for delicious and hydrating breaky
– not vegan
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Useful kitchen tools for this recipe
I love my high speed blender to make my Acai bowl! I use one from Ninja blender and it does the perfect job of making the thick, creamy Acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl.
This was my first high speed blender I got and I’m in love with it ever since the day I got it!
Alternatively, you can use your food processor to make Acai bowl too!
I use my KitchenAid food processor. If you are looking for a good but not pricy food processor, This one is very affordable and do a great job for the Acai berry vanilla smoothie bowl too!
They also have several colour selection so you can choose the colour that suits your kitchen too.
So a little life update…
I really wanted to create recipes for this particular season, October!(Trust me I did want to do for you all!) Because hey, me without halloween? Pumpkin? Sweet potato? would be like, who are you??
But, there has been a reason I am not posting anything on instagram, or not creating recipes.
It is because of my skin condition on my hands, and a bit of stress I’ve been experiencing since September.
This is going to be me being honest about what’s been happening with my life recently.
So for those who don’t know what I do for living, I am a hairdresser / hair and makeup artist, which jobs I absolutely love.
It’s not like I’ve always had this dream job actually, I once worked in an office, sitting at a desk looking like I’m doing some serious s**t while reading articles in English on the computer about what celebrities keep in their fridge.
I love my job, however, previously to this office job when I was working as a hairdresser full-time, I had severe eczema not only on my hands but face, neck, arms and legs.
It was so bad that I couldn’t cook nor even take shower and wash my own hair without a pair of gloves on.
It got to the point where I wasn’t able to cope with it so I decided to take a rest from hairdressing job.
My hands got better over time, so I took this opportunity and started working at a hair salon where specialises in just cutting and styling.
I thought it was a great move as it was mainly shampooing, colouring and perming that were irritating my skin so bad.
But.. I was wrong. Since this September, I started to get irritated skin again.
It is very frustrating and sad to acknowledge that I cannot work as a hairdresser like normal people who don’t get this symptoms on their skin.
It hits me sometimes that what if I didn’t have this, it would’ve opened up so many more doors for me in the industry.
I would’ve been so much happier without crying over what does not need to be there if I weren’t a hairdresser.
Nevertheless, I chose this profession and I love what I do truly, so all I can do is really take a good care of my skin to not damage it further and stick to what I do.
I don’t really know what I want to say honestly, I am sorry I am just writing gibberish but I just wanted to express not only what makes me feel good but real things in my real life that affect me in a negative way so that I am aware of it and find a way to make things better for myself for future.
Anyhow! I am trying my best to be happy and all so it’s good:)