So, I don’t know about you, but I really struggle with eating a good breakfast. Yeah, I know, its the most important meal of the day, blah, blah, blah. But do you know what else is important? SLEEP!! And I ain’t getting outta bed one minute before I have to. Amen, thank you very much!
So, here I am, every morning, running late for work and grabbing a granola bar on my way out the door. I told myself it was good for me, I mean it had 12g of protein & was full of healthy nuts. You know, peanuts & dark chocolate. That’s HEALTHY, you guys! Well…I was conveniently ignoring the sugar content or the actual ingredients listed in those things. If you have a box in your pantry (like me) I encourage you to never read the nutrition label. Just. Walk. Away. Ignore it, don’t think about it. Maybe it’ll just disappear if you never acknowledge it. Or, if you’re looking to spice up your breakfasts and start your day off feeling better, just toss that box of ‘sugar disguised as healthy nuts’ and keep reading!
I am going to share with you my new favorite breakfast. And it only takes 5 minutes! Or if you’re
sleep deprived lazy like me, you can even make 2 or 3 servings at once and have it ready to go for the next few days. I was inspired by an acai bowl I had at a bowl of heaven this summer. Yeah, it only took me 8 months to get around to recreating it. I told you – lazy! But that’s how good it was, I’ve been thinking about it for 8 months!! I finally decided it was time to figure out how to make my own!
Have you ever had an acai bowl anywhere? I remember the very first time I saw one, it was on a menu at a little cafe in Honolulu. When I was on my honeymoon…oh, to be back in Hawaii…but moving on, before I get sucked into daydreaming about vacations and beaches…At the time, I’d never heard of acai, I literally thought it was a Hawaiian thing…and I saw a bunch of people eating them, but I sure wasn’t brave enough to order my own. And I will regret that decision for the rest of my life. I had no idea what I was missing.
I have yet to find acai here locally, so until that day comes I’m just using whatever fruit sounds good. Trust me, its still just as good. Really all you need is some fruit & some granola. And you can make these bowls however you like. I prefer berries to tropical fruit – but if that’s your jam, go for it! I made my own granola, so that I could control what was in it, but if you have a favorite already just use that! Seriously, just try it. Whatever way works best for your life!
For the base of your bowl, blend together a banana, I’ve used both fresh & frozen – either work, 1/2 an avocado (it makes it creamy, you can’t taste it, and its a great superfood to start your day), a splash of milk and a cup of fruit. I use frozen berries (without added sugar) because its easy and I know I’ll always have some ready to go when I get a hankering for a smoothie bowl 🙂
I am trying to eat without added sugars so this is the version I’ve got on repeat. Use whatever toppings you like. This bowl has blueberries, pomegranate arils, unsweetened coconut flakes and granola. In my opinion, this granola is what really makes the dish. You know that buttery, crumbly, delicious graham cracker crust on the bottom of your favorite cream pie? Key lime, banana cream, ice cream…you know…the good stuff. Well this granola dust tastes just like it! You will think you were the lucky one left to lick the pie plate, its THAT good. I made this batch last weekend and just store it in the fridge.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup unsweetend coconut (shredded, grated or flakes all work)
- 4 unsweetened prunes
- 4 unsweetened dates
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the nuts, seeds and coconut to a baking sheet.
- Bake the nuts for 5 minutes, stir, and add another 5 minutes. Turn off the oven, stir them again and leave them inside the oven with the door open for another 5-10 minutes. You don't want it to burn, but you want it to get nice and toasty.
- Cool the mixture completely.
- Add everything into a food processor or blender. I cut the prunes & dates into quarters before placing them in the blender. Process until the mixture starts to clump, about 45 seconds.
- Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 1 month in the freezer.
- Feel free to use any nuts, seeds or dried fruit you prefer. This is just a guideline!