Acai bowl addiction is a real thing…
And aside for looking beautiful, these bowls are packed with nutrients!
A mix of crunchy sweet granola with juicy fruits over a cold and delicious fryo-like base..
Before we left for Hawaii, a number of friends had told us that we needed to try a number of different foods, one being, acai bowls. You can get acai bowls here in Vancouver too, but I honestly haven’t tried any local bowls yet. So after a few days into our vacation and we began our search for acai bowls! When I first told E what we were looking for, he kind of looked at me and said… “Wait, so it’s basically like healthy ice cream with a bunch of toppings? And we are going to try to find this for breakfast?! *insert biggest grin ever* =D”…. “Uhm… yes love, I guess you can say it’s like healthy ice cream”…. Needless to say, he was hooked after our first bowl! We tried a bunch of different bowls throughout Kauai and Maui, but our favorite and winner of them all had to be the very first place that we tried. It’s called Kalalea Juice Hale in Kauai and our favorite was the OG bowl. It’s called OG for a reason right? Sooo good… I could really use a bowl right about now…
Heres a run down on acai bowls…. The basic anatomy of an acai bowl: base (usually a thick partially frozen scoopable delicious acai blend) and toppings. The toppings usually include crunchy granola, fresh sweet fruits such as banana slices, mango cubes, and berries, all drizzled with sweet honey or agave nectar. Some bowls that we tried even included almond slivers, peanut butter, cacao nibs, or toasted coconut as options.
As our vacation ended and we returned back to raincouver… I started having major acai bowl withdrawals… not really but it sure felt like it… or maybe just the urge to try to make our own =D And that is where this renewed granola obsession was reborn… Crunchy oat and nut clusters baked with sweet maple syrup with a hint of saltiness… my ideal anytime snack and the perfect topping to yogurt or any homemade acai bowl !
Maple Nut Granola
- 2 C rolled oats
- 1 C walnuts, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon, or more to taste
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 C dried cranberries, optional
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, walnuts, salt, cinnamon, seeds, and cranberries.
- Melt coconut oil and add in maple syrup and vanilla. Stir then mix into dry ingredients until everything is completely coated.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Stir granola around and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden. Allow granola to completely cool before touching it… be patient because it should end up to be crunchy clusters of delicious nutty granola with a touch of sweetness.