Açaí na Tigela – Açaí in the Bowl

4 Nov

THIS is honestly one of the best breakfasts I have had in a while. Jay’s old fraternity brother Erik was in town last weekend for Halloween, and was staying with us. After some Halloween festivities as a Skeleton (Erik), Kick-Ass (Jay) and a Troll (the kind with the gem-Me), we woke up on Saturday needing a good breakfast. Erik does PR for a company called Sambazon, which you may have seen floating around in various beverage forms at Whole Foods. Their main product is Acai, which, as you probably already know, is super high in antioxidants. Anyways, they also sell frozen pure unsweetened acai in “Smoothie Packs”.  All you have to do is let it thaw for 10-15 minutes (or run it under hot water for about 1, which is what I do), then you can mix it into a smoothie or make this frozen parfait like we did!

I was honestly skeptical. I wanted to make smoothies, but Erik suggested that we make it in bowls instead. I did some research later and found out that this is a popular dish in Brazil, and they call it “Açaí na tigela” or “Acai in the Bowl”.

I wish that I had known about this when I was 6 years old, because I would think that I was eating ice cream for breakfast!

Frozen Açaí Berry Parfait

Serves 3


2-3 packs Sambazon frozen pure unsweetened acai

2 cups mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)

1/2 cup frozen vanilla or plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

2 bananas, sliced

1 1/2 cups granola

Mix Acai, Berries, Yogurt, and Honey in blender. Pour into bowls. Top with sliced bananas and granola.


Vanilla Granola

Adapted slightly from Bon Appetit


4 cups rolled oats

1 cup sliced almonds (optional)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter or vegetable oil

1/8 cup honey

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 300°. Lightly spray baking sheet with vegetable spray or grease with butter. Mix oats, almonds, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Combine butter or oil and honey in small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture. Mix well. Spread evenly over baking sheet and bake until golden brown, tossing/flipping occasionally, about 30 minutes.


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