I must be honest: I have had a love-hate relationship with acai since I first discovered it. Last time I posted a acai smooth bowl, I used an acai powder concentrate: the flavor was strong and long-lasting, but it worked for what I was trying to accomplish. I have recently made some smoothies with that same powder, but I did not like the results at all. In a smoothie, I want a more subtle flavor, at least with this particular fruit. So for this smoothie recipe I used the frozen acai fruit puree. Success. I hit the nail on the head with this acai-banana almond smoothie. Subtle, yet still flavorful; creamy, yet light and dairy free for an added bonus. If you liked my blueberry-banana walnut smoothie, I think you will like this one as they are very similar. The acai fruit puree is a life changer in my eyes, and a smoothie is a perfect use for it. This product’s popularity has grown so much, it’s now easy to locate. I was able to find this product in three of my local grocery stores: Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Whole Foods.
My love of both almond butter and almond milk return in this recipe: they remain great, go-to options in my eyes. They are loaded with protein, relatively low in sugar, and dairy free. I have started to eat less dairy recent years. At 45 years old, I think my body responds better when I consume less dairy. If you are avoiding dairy or just prefer a different flavor, unsweetened almond products can be a great alternative.
- 1 3.5 ounce pack frozen acai fruit puree
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon agave
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup ice
- Step 1 In a kitchen blender, add the frozen acai puree, banana, almond milk, almond butter, agave, vanilla extract and ice. Blend on high for one minute until smooth.
- Step 2 Serve immediately.
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