Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry & Acai Smoothie Bowl with Superfood Powers

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In May, I shared a new book release with  you: ACAI Super Berry Cookbook by Melissa Petitto, RD. Melissa shared a sample recipe from her collection for Acai, Cherry, and Chia Pops. And today she’s giving us a second sneak peak, with this Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry, and Acai Smoothie Bowl recipe. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry, and Acai Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry & Acai Smoothie Bowl with Superfood Powers

If you’re like me, then acai might seem a little exotic. But it is gaining popularity and becoming more readily available in stores.

Acai Super Berry Cookbook: Over 50 Natural and Healthy Smoothie, Bowl, and Sweet Treat RecipesThe acai berry is native to the Amazon rainforest and is often described as a cross between blackberries and unsweetened chocolate. Since the acai has a short shelf life and isn’t available fresh outside of where they are grown the berry is typically exported as a frozen puree, fine powder or pressed juice. Healthline outlines the following five health benefits of the Brazilian superfruit:

  1. Nutrient Dense – Acai are relatively high in fat and low in sugar.
  2. Loaded with Antioxidants – Incredibly rich in antioxidants, boasting three times the amount found in blueberries.
  3. Improve Cholesterol Levels – Several studies have suggested that acai may help lower cholesterol levels.
  4. Possible Anti-Cancer Effect – Acai could have a role in treating cancer in the future, yet more research is needed.
  5. Boost of Brain Function – Acai could counteract the effects of inflammation and oxidation in the brain.

Pair that with the healthy benefits of chocolate, chia seeds, and raspberries, and I think it’s safe to say that this is a superfood smoothie bowl.

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry, and Acai Smoothie Bowl

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry & Acai Smoothie Bowl

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, paleo-friendly, and vegetarian.

For a nut-free acai smoothie bowl, substitute your favorite dairy-free, nut-free milk beverage for the almond milk.

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry, and Acai Smoothie Bowl
 
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This custard like smoothie bowl is full of superfoods! Dark raw cacao, chia seeds, and acai make this bowl an over the top nutritional powerhouse. I love this for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or dessert; it’s so versatile.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
  • 1 cup (150 g) organic raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Run the acai packet under warm water for 10 seconds.
  2. In a high powered blender, add the acai, raspberries, cacao, chia seeds, and milk. Blend until smooth. Divide between two bowls.
  3. Top with your desired toppings. Serve immediately.
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TIP: To make a smoothie bowl ahead of time, make it and freeze it in a glass mason jar. Allow it to defrost in the fridge overnight and voila! You have an instant breakfast.

This recipe is reprinted with permissions from ACAI Super Berry Cookbook by Melissa Petitto, RD.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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