Acai Coconut Bowl

I’m outraged. Okay, not really. But, why am I just learning about acai bowls and more importantly, why aren’t they sold everywhere!? I’m familiar with acai generally, but only recently learned about this particular application of frozen acai, blended and topped with fresh fruit and granola. It’s just the perfect little bowl of antioxidants and vitamins. Pure frozen acai is available at any health food store in the frozen aisle and come in individual packages. Simply run one package under water briefly, empty contents into a blender, and blend with frozen banana and splash of coconut water. Top with your favorite fruit and granola and there you go!

Also, I tried something new with today’s post and tinkered around with a video (and with lots of help from my very patient boyfriend). I hope you enjoy it!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 3.5-ounce package of pure unsweetened frozen acai pulp
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 coconut (or a splash of coconut water if you’re not making the coconut bowl)
  • fresh fruit
  • granola

To make the coconut bowl, hammer the tip of a clean screwdriver into two of the three holes on the coconut until it pierces through the shell. Drain the coconut water out into a cup. Hammer the coconut around the equator of the coconut– and hammer hard– until the coconut begins to crack. It won’t feel like it’s working at first, but keep hammering, it will eventually crack in half.

Run the package of frozen acai under water for a minute. Squeeze the package of acai into a blender and add the frozen peeled banana and a splash of the coconut water and blend. Pour into the coconut bowl and top with fresh fruit and granola.

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Carrot Cake

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  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature,
  • 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
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  • 16 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

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Broccoli rabe crostini

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  • red pepper flakes
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Lamb bolognese

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