Pineapple Acai Smoothie Bowl or Boat. Lots of tropical fruit vibes and a handful of greens make this smoothie a refreshing treat! Superfoods + optional protein, vegan + gluten-free.
Somehow I've gone over 3 years with only one smoothie recipe posted here. So here's #2!
Whether or not you believe acai counts as a superfood, it definitely has a lot of health benefits. It's loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals (anti-aging properties), and may aid in weight loss.
AND it's delicious, so there.
Trader Joe's has this packet of acai berry puree that is perfect for smoothies! You can also get them online.
Pineapples are in abundance around here right now, so it seemed like the perfect match to try out these acai packets.
In addition to those two fruits, I added banana, a handful of spinach, a bit of juice and a few dates. If you want to turn this into a protein shake (I did!) I've really been loving pea protein lately.
This smoothie already has natural sweetness, but I added the dates for a little extra and also for the consistency. Dates are also loaded with vitamins and goodness.
I like to add a handful of spinach to my smoothies so that it's not ALL fruit. Plus you can't taste it, and it's just another thing that's good for you. See a trend here?
If you don't want to buy a whole pineapple or use it for the smoothie boat, you can just eat it as a smoothie bowl! Or a regular smoothie, but then you don't get the fun toppings.
Also, if you don't level out the bottom of your pineapple boat you may end up tipping the whole thing over while you're trying to eat it. That may or may not have happened to me.
(It definitely did.)
Pineapple Acai Smoothie Bowl/Boat
- 1 packet acai puree (100 grams or 3.5 oz)
- 1 cup cut up pineapple
- 1/4 cup orange juice or other fruit juice or water (I used Simply Orange's tropical blend)
- 3 dates , pitted and chopped
- 1/2 banana (save other half for topping)
- 1 handful fresh spinach leaves
- 1 scoop your favorite protein powder (I like pea protein), optional
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- coconut flakes
- Run acai packet under warm water to dethaw slightly and break into 2 or 3 chunks. Cut packet open and add to blender.
- Add pineapple chunks, orange juice, dates, banana, spinach leaves and protein powder (if using) to blender. Blend until combined (make sure dates are fully blended!).
- Pour smoothie into bowl or pineapple boat. Add toppings as desired. Enjoy!
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