- Ashley Somers
When looking for healthy and delicious recipe options for breakfast I find most delicious recipes to be heavy on eggs, sugar or bread. When I learned about this recipe from my friend Nicole who discovered Acai Berry Bowls on her vacation to Los Angeles, California, I thought – Philadelphia must have a quick serve restaurant that serves these – it’s a fantastic and cutting edge food city! While that might be true, Philadelphia is not always known for being health conscious. Things are changing though with restaurants like Vedge, Hip City Veg and Animo popping up to make us more aware of food that can be both healthy and delicious.
When I first looked at the ingredients and instructions for how to make this recipe I thought – okay this is basically a smoothie poured over granola and topped with fruit and nuts – what’s the big deal? But then, I tasted it. There’s something about the mix of earthy textures of the granola topped by an icy cold smoothie, the burst of sweetness that you can from the fruit and the crunch of toasted nuts, that together = magic in a bowl.
The best part is that you can mix and match depending on the fruits, nuts, or granola that you like best. Here’s to Spring Time happy, healthy eating!
ACAI BERRY BOWL
Earthbound Farm’s Famous Maple Almond Granola Recipe
4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup shelled, raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups slivered raw almonds
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil
1 100g package of frozen acai puree (like Sambazon)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup banana
1/2 cup strawberries
Toppings (Your Choice)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 sliced banana
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
This will make a large batch of granola and you only need 2 cups for the recipe so you’ll have plenty leftover for yogurt/ice cream toppings or to eat as cereal.
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 325F
- Place the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the maple syrup and oil and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Spread the granola on a roughly 12 by 17-inch rimmed baking sheet. Bake the granola until it begins to brown, about 25 minutes, then stir with a flat spatula. Let the granola continue to bake until it is light golden brown, dry and fragrant, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Stir the granola at least once more as it bakes and watch it carefully during the final minutes because it can burn quickly.
- Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack and cool completely. Transfer the granola to an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.
To Make the Acai Berry Bowl
- Add 1 cup of baked granola to each bowl
- Combine all acai smoothie ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour and divide acai smoothie evenly over granola in each bowl.
- Top with the toppings of your choice. I recommend a little bit of banana, strawberries, walnuts and coconut! Enjoy your healthy, vegan and tasty breakfast!
Ashley has a brain for business and a heart for ministry. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and Villanova University earning a MBA in Business Administration. After 10 years working in corporate business, Ashley has moved in a new direction to use her education and experience to lead non-profit organizations. Ashley currently serves as the Director of Families & Connection for her church, Liberti, in center city Philadelphia. In her personal time, she has a passion for cooking, enjoys the outdoors and loves traveling to new and old places visiting friends and family along the way. Ashley lives with her husband of 6 months in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.