Have you tried acai berry yet? It's pronounced "ass-eye-ee" (heehee) and is native to Latin America. It's not a super sweet berry, but it's deep indigo colour packs an antioxidant punch - basically like blueberries with extra oomph! I first tried acai in Brazil, where they often make acai bowls by blending the frozen puree with banana and popping toasted granola on top. In Australia, frozen acai puree is becoming more accessible - try the freezer section of your health food shop and some specialty supermarkets stock it in bags of 100g single serve packets alongside other frozen berries. You can also buy acai powder, which you can blend with ice for the same effect. This is my acai chia cup, great for brekky or a sweet snack. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g frozen acai puree
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • Stevia (optional)
  • Delicious toppings of your choice

Method:

  • Soak chia seeds in your milk of choice with maple syrup and cinnamon
  • Pop in the fridge, stir after 15 mins, then leave for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight
  • Make the acai layer when you're ready to serve. Blitz frozen acai puree with raw cacao powder and stevia to taste
  • :)Pour the acai on your chia gel and top with anything crunchy/chewy/delicious. I used Inca berries, coconut and a little bit of almond butter. You could also use buckwheat buckinis, chopped nuts, pepitas, cacao nibs, goji berries, fresh fruit etc etc

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