The other day friend called me the “Acai Kween”. I’m not going to lie, all I could think was #lifegoals. We have our workout queens, our beauty queens, but no Acai queen? Well don’t worry, I will go ahead and scoop that title right up by making you the best Acai bowl I know of with this Simple vegan, gluten-free, and healthy 5 Ingredient Triple Berry Protein Acai Bowl!
Give me that purple frozen goodness: Jump to Recipe
What first compelled me to try Acai was all the health benefits. Acai was going through it’s “it” phase (is that over already? so sad) of being the antioxidant-packed “superfruit”. Also, I felt completely down with anything topped with an overload of homemade granola goodness and fresh fruit…and wow did that purple bowl hit the spot!
The truth is, I’ve never seen an Acai berry outside of the frozen pulp I buy at the store. My experience with Acai has been through Trader Joes or Sambazon and their frozen pulp packets. These are truly amazing, but have you ever seen the work that goes into getting you this packet? It’s really insane! Seriously go check out Sambazon’s Instagram or website now. People are literally climbing up trees to make sure I get my Acai fix. I suppose if you look at any food we get these days, it’s easy to be amazed by what goes into getting that product to the store since the closest most of us get to our food is the farmers market. Regardless, I am still in awe of the work it takes to take an Acai berry and turn it into the frozen pulp I use weekly.
When I was writing this post, I really wanted to have a good story to tell you about my first Acai bowl, but the funny thing is I literally can’t even remember it. I’ve been to so many places, had many back to back even twice in a day, that it’s all a blur. However, I do remember the Acai bowl that made me fall in LOVE. It was from Juice Crafters in San Diego. I was in town for work and literally planned my morning run around ending at Juice Crafters (priorities). I had researched it and read all the reviews on Yelp, and knew I had to try there Acai Protein Bowl. It was the perfect mix of tangy fruit, awesomely homemade granola, fresh fruit, and also I loved the addition of protein powder and still always add that to my bowls these days.(side note- did I just relate eating Acai bowls to modern-day dating? SURE DID!)
So Juice Crafters- even though you may not have been my first, you were certainly my best (though not my last, sorry…). I dedicate my super simple Triple Berry Protein Acai Bowl recipe to you and all your San Diego sunshine Juice bar glory.
In case you are looking for some of the tools & ingredients used in this recipe, I’ve put a few of my favorites for you here:
- While I would love a Vitamix, I needed a more affordable option and bought this Ninja Master Prep Set 3 years ago. Yes, it has lasted me 3 whole years and includes a blender, food process, and chopper in one. I seriously LOVE it!
- If I had to pick my ultimate favorite smoothie topping it would be these Mulberries because they give the crunch of smoothies but are actually dried fruit!