This past week we have been experiencing a rare event in Ireland; for the first time in almost as long as I remember the temperature has risen to double figures in early April. This mini heatwave has given me a taste for all things tropical. So not only is this the first time that I have worn shorts in early April in my living memory but this is also the week during which I had my first ever acai bowl. All I have to say is how did I make it to twenty without having one of these heavenly delights! The mango lends a wonderfully rich sweetness, while the banana creates the perfect creamy texture and the raspberry combined with the acai gives it a refreshing tartness. This cooling bowl of thick, creamy, fruity deliciousness will transport you to another world. When you are in need of a little taste of the tropics this couldn’t be easier to whip together, simply throw all the ingredients into a food processor and in minutes you can tuck into your holiday in a bowl. When it comes to toppings this is one of those rare occasions in life when more actually means more! I love mine with lots of fruit, crunchy gingernut granola, a generous sprinkle of toasted coconut and liberal lashings of creamy smooth almond butter.
Acai’s benefits extend far behind its ability to transport your senses to a tropical island. Acai has been nicknamed the “beauty berry” in Brazil as a result of its unique combination of anti oxidants . This little berry contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals as well as omega fatty acids. Acai’s skin preserving ability stems from the unique properties of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is commonly found in fruits with a red or purple colour however acai contains more than one times the amount of the age defying antioxidant than an apple. This antioxidant anthocyanin has been shown to combat the aging action of free radical thus maintaining not only skin quality and texture but may even help slow the progression of cognitive decline. In addition the omega fatty acids are wonderful to maintain skins youthful elasticity, texture and glow.
- 1 large banana sliced and frozen
- ½ mango diced
- 2 tbsp frozen raspberries
- 2 tbsp acai powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- Combine the frozen banana, the diced mango, the frozen raspberries in a food processor and blitz.
- Blend the mixture and gradually add in the almond milk.
- Add the acai powder and blend for 2-3 minutes or until you have a smooth mixture.
- Top with any toppings you like, I love banana, berries, gingernut granola, coconut and lashings of almond butter.