The Poor Girl's Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe -- How to get the same experience of this trendy breakfast for a fraction of the price! Made with frozen blueberries, banana, and almond milk, with all the toppings!
All the women who independent (and broke AF) throw your hands up at mayyy.
Cheap. Frugal. Toe-may-toe. Toe-mat-oh. Either way I don't make it rain that often.
And when I do, it is either something I desperately need, or food. Which for me, are one in the same.
I make my own coffee instead of lattes. I pack my lunch err'day. And occasionally splurge on a smoothie bowl, but mostly make my own. I'll show ya how. Follow me.
What makes this smoothie bowl delicious and healthy
- frozen blueberries
- frozen banana
- unsweetened almond milk (or favorite milk/milk alternative)
- fresh banana
- rolled oats
- natural peanut butter (the runny kind)
- shredded coconut
- fresh blueberries (optional)
How to make this smoothie bowl
To a high-powered blender, add 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana (peeled and broken into chunks), and 1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk (or preferred milk). Blend on high for one minute, or until blended through and smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl.
Top the smoothie mixture with ½ sliced fresh banana, 1-2 tablespoons shredded coconut, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1-2 tablespoons rolled oats, and ¼ cup of fresh blueberries if desired before enjoying.
- For ultra-thick smoothie bowls, start with ¼ cup of milk before blending. If mixture is not blending, add ¼ cup of milk at a time, until mixture blends smoothly.
- If you want a serving of veggies, blend ½ cup of frozen cauliflower, zucchini, or butternut squash with the frozen fruit before blending.
- Top with what ingredients you have on hand or prefer, such as nuts, seeds, cereal, or fresh fruits.
Can smoothie bowls be made the night before?
If you want to prep ahead, I would simply put the frozen fruit together in a freezer-safe bag, and dump into a blender with the milk when you want to enjoy for best quality. Alternatively, you can blend mixture, and add to a freezer-safe container with a lid, and let thaw for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before adding toppings.
How do I make this smoothie bowl recipe super thick?
Blend your frozen fruit with ¼ cup of milk instead of the 1 ¼ cups called for. If it is not blending properly, add an additional ¼ cup of milk at a time until mixture comes together. Blending on low at first also helps it to come together with less liquid for a thicker base.
Money-Saving Tips for this Smoothie Bowl Recipe:
- Buy in bulk. You get more for your money when you buy the big bag of frozen blueberries & canister of rolled oats. Plus, you can make these energy bites or a bowl of savory overnight oats with the leftovers.
- Save those brown bananas. Don't ditch the overripe bananas. Peel them & toss in a zip top bag in the freezer. Plus, they make this smoothie bowl recipe sweeter & these cowboy cookies even better.
- Shop refrigerated. I find the refrigerated almond milk to be a more affordable choice & also tends to have fewer ingredients.
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