Acaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a superfood berry that grows in the Amazon rainforest. It is not possible to buy the fresh berries here but Nua Naturals – an Irish company – have an acaí powder which Eathos restaurant use for this recipe. The creamy texture comes from the frozen banana; Eathos recommend cutting it into chunks before freezing to make it easier to blend. For the granola, you can use any shop bought granola.

Serves 1

40g frozen banana

45g smooth peanut butter

450g frozen mixed berries

6g acai powder, available in health food shops

120ml cold water

?g sugar-free granola

Small handful desiccated coconut shavings

1 passion fruit, cut in half

30g fresh berries

Sprinkle bee pollen, available in health food shops

Sprinkle cacoa nibs, available in health food shops

3 edible flowers, optional

1 Using a blender or any smoothie maker, blitz the frozen banana until smooth. Add the peanut butter and blitz again.

2 Add the frozen berries, the acaí powder and the water and continue blending until smooth. You can add more water until the desired consistency is reached. It should have the appearance of thick Greek yoghurt.

3 Top with the granola, coconut, passion fruit and berries. Sprinkle over the bee pollen and cacao nibs. Garnish with the edible flowers if using, and serve.

Tip: This is a very popular take-away option because it keeps well and doesn’t spill, so you can make this an on-the-go snack.         

This recipe originally appeared in FOOD&WINE Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016

Recipe credit: Eathos

Photography credit: Harry Weir, assisted by Brian Clarke 

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