This Quinoa Acai Bowl is filled with peanut butter flavor, plus good-for-you foods like banana, blueberries and of course, QUINOA!
It’s a fact that I’m addicted to acai bowls much more so than smoothie bowls, as is any millennial food blogger these days right? That’s not to say I dislike smoothie bowls of course, but there’s acai bowls are guaranteed to be thick and perfect for adding all the toppings. If you’ve already had an acai bowl (or rather, many acai bowls) then you know the joys and versatility and DELICIOUSNESS of them, and if you haven’t, now’s as good a time as any to become obsessed. No doubt this QUINOA acai bowl is a sneaky way to add in extra protein—holla!
I’ll admit that I’ve had to scale down my acai addiction because plain and simple, acai bowls are expensive. They just are. The good news is that you can buy your own acai packs from the freezer section (I know Whole Foods sells them, and I assume other stores do as well) for much less (we’re talking 4 packs for around $7 instead of one bowl for $10) and customize them to your liking. So, that’s what I did and that’s how this quinoa acai bowl was created.
My go-to acai bowl is the P-Bee Bowl at Salud Juicery—it’s topped with chopped peanuts, bee pollen and chocolate and it’s SO good—so obviously I had to recreate it with a twist of course. The recipe doesn’t include too much quinoa—just 2 tbsp—so feel free to add more, but my goal was to add a simple boost of protein without sacrificing on taste. Basically the next time you make quinoa, set a small amount aside to enjoy with your breakfast, because why not?
Tip: The key to a successful acai bowl is to not add much liquid to your blender because you want it to be super thick. That way, you’re able to add toppings on it without them sinking to the bottom of you bowl, plus you want to be able to eat it with a spoon vs. drinking it through a straw. I recommend starting with 2 tbsp liquid—in this case I used almond milk—and go from there.
As far as toppings go, they’re kind of up to you! I opted for banana, blueberries, bee pollen, crushed peanuts, some quinoa (quinoa brittle would be SO good) a couple strawberries, and some cacao nibs. Feel free to drizzle it with some peanut butter or your favorite nut butter, too!
- 1 banana
- 1 acai packet
- 2 tbsp cooked quinoa
- ⅓ cup blueberries, preferably frozen
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp almond milk or milk of choice
- Bee pollen, cacao nibs, crushed peanuts, banana, strawberries, blueberries, quinoa, quinoa brittle, nut butter drizzle, etc.
- Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse. Start with the 2 tbsp liquid, but if everything seems to be getting stuck in the blender, add more liquid 1 tbsp at a time. You don't want to add too much liquid because you want it to be thick enough to eat with a spoon!
- Pour mixture into a bowl, top it with your choice of toppings and enjoy!