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.
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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