Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Açai Bowl with Nutty Granola

So I just couldn’t resist making another granola. I posted the Cherry-Chocolate Granola only a week ago, but already needed more! I was in the mood for an Açai Bowl this morning and I couldn’t eat it without making more granola first.

Sambazon Açai Smoothie Packs
If you haven’t already tried Sambazon's Açai Smoothie Packs, you are missing out! These handy, individualized packets are perfect for a quick breakfast smoothie or an Açai Bowl for lunch. I used to eat them ALL the time, but I think I had to take a break from buying them because they are on the pricier side (aka $5.99/4 packs + tax). So if you ever find them on sale—buy in bulk to save $$ in the long run.  And if you are ever out-and-about in SD and craving an Açai Bowl, stop in to try one at Lean and Green or Swami's Cafe, both of which are pretty gooood :) XOXO....little j Y

Nutty Granola

3 cup oats
½ cup walnut pieces
1 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup honey (for extra drizzling~if desired)
½ cup dried apricots, diced
½ cup dried papaya, diced
½ cup dried wild blueberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well coated. Spread mixture onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Make sure to toss the granola every 10 minutes or so. I drizzled extra honey about halfway though the baking time for more of a crunchy result.

Açai Bowl

1 Sambazon Açai smoothie pack
10+ frozen dark sweet cherries
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup milk
handful of ice cubes
granola & fresh berries to put on top (think strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)

In a blender, combine Açai smoothie pack, cherries, oj, milk, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. If you want a thicker consistency, cut back on the liquids (either the oj or milk). If you prefer to make a smoothie instead of a bowl, increase the amount of liquid added. Fruit juices are also great substitutions in place of the orange juice & adding a dollop of cool whip or a sorbet make it even better too. Serve Açai with granola and fresh berries.

Açai Bowl with Nutty Granola

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