Acai Oats Bowl
Updated: Apr 6, 2022
It's the time of the year and the weather has been quite chilly for the last few weeks. Instead of having something light and hydrating like a smoothie for breakfast, my body craves for something grounding, soothing, warm and spicy - my Acai Oats Bowl.
This bowl is packed with superfoods that are rich in antioxidants and full of flavour from Acai Berry Powder, Cacao Powder, and Cinnamon Powder (my favorite!) . In this recipe, I am using Acai Berry Powder from Nature's Superfoods which tastes of wild berries and a hint of dark chocolate. This is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, low GI with no added sugar and it is only 15 kcal/serving.
What I love about this berry powder is that it tastes really nice and there are so many ways you can enjoy it such as mixing it with water for a boosting drink in the morning, blending with your smoothies, juices or using it in your dressing, desserts, etc.
What are Acai Berries?
Acai (pronounced ah-sight-EE) berry hails from the Amazon rainforest and is prized as an important stable in the Amazonian diet for generations. Even though they look like blueberries, they contain pits just like apricots and olives so technically they belong to a drupe family. However, people generally refer to them as berries. To make it edible, acai berries are soaked to soften its tough skin and mashed into a purple paste. What we are seeing now in the market are usually acai berries in powder, puree, or pressed juice. I also keep some of the Acai Berries blend packets ready in the fridge whenever I want to have a quick easy and nutritious smoothie or Acai Blend Bowl.
What I also find interesting about acai berries is their unique nutritional composition in which is higher in fat and lower in sugar. In a 100 gram frozen pulp, it contains 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of sugar.
Acai berries are also rich in antioxidants which come from their plant compounds. One of those is Anthocyanins. You can also find Anthocyanins in other black, blue, or purple food such as black beans or blueberries.
Acai is incredibly rich in antioxidants, boasting three times the amount found in blueberries
Source - Healthline
Based on multiple studies, acai berries might also help to lower the level of bad cholesterol, boost brain function and have a possible anti-cancer effect.
With so many benefits of Acai Berries, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out for you :)
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 tbsp of Acai Berry Powder
- 1 tsp of Cacao Powder
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon Powder
- 1 tsp of Flaxseed
- tsp of Manuka honey (optional)
- cacao nibs (for topping)
- a handful of blueberries (for topping)
- Cook 1 cup of rolled oats with 2 cups of water till the oats start to get soft and slightly sticky ( you add more water or cook for a longer period of time if you prefer a softer porridge texture). Off the heat and transfer your cooked oats into a bowl and let it slightly cool down for about 1 minute. Mix it with the Acai Berry Powder, Cacao Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Flaxseed and honey. Top it up with cacao nibs and blueberries. Enjoy!
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