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It’s non-negotiable: Marisol Turcot eats a smoothie bowl for breakfast every morning before starting her work day. She documents her pretty creations on her Instagram account Colors and Plants. She agreed to prepare a classic for us: the Acai Bowl.

Posted at 11:00 am

Sophie Ouimet

Sophie Ouimet
The press

acai bowl


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Ingredients for the Acai Bowl

For 2 servings

ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable drink
  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen Canadian berries (here a mix of blueberries, haskaps and cherries)*
  • 200 grams of acai berry puree
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

* Since the Acai berry, which is native to South America, cannot be found in its fresh form in Quebec, Marisol likes to complete her bowls with small fruits from here.

Preparation: the ABC of a creamy bowl

  • 1. Remove the acai puree from the freezer (slightly earlier to soften).

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, THE PRESS

    1. Remove the acai puree from the freezer (slightly earlier to soften).

  • 2. Add all of the smoothie ingredients to the blender, starting with the most runny.

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, THE PRESS

    2. Add all of the smoothie ingredients to the blender, starting with the most runny.

  • 3. Blend until you get a creamy texture.  Feel free to stop the blender to scrape down the sides and stir with the pestle.  Add some liquid if necessary.

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, THE PRESS

    3. Blend until you get a creamy texture. Feel free to stop the blender to scrape down the sides and stir with the pestle. Add some liquid if necessary.

  • 4. Pour the mixture into two bowls.

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, THE PRESS

    4. Pour the mixture into two bowls.

  • 5. Add the toppings (here: banana slices, strawberries, passion fruit, muesli, cocoa nibs) and serve!

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY, THE PRESS

    5. Add the toppings (here: banana slices, strawberries, passion fruit, muesli, cocoa nibs) and serve!

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How do you make a thick and creamy smoothie bowl? This is THE question Marisol gets asked the most on her Instagram account. Here are some of his tricks for getting a texture more like a sherbet… than a soup!

• To accompany the acai, the base of the bowl should be creamy fruits like banana and mango. Also, it’s always better to just go for frozen fruit for better texture. Likewise, avoid adding ice to the mixture.

• The blender should be sufficiently filled – at least until the blades are covered – to do its job. You can add more liquid but in a dropper as it is always easier to add more than remove.

• Pre-cutting fruit for garnish is also a good idea because it melts quickly. Finally, preparing a bowl of acai requires a lot of patience, but this is rewarded by the final tasting!

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