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Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl

Start your day with a beautiful and delicious Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl.  Acai is blended with milk or your favorite dairy alternative, frozen fruit, chia seeds and topped with your favorite smoothie down toppings including chia seeds, fresh fruit, shredded coconut and granola. 

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with a blue napkin.

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CHIA SEEDS FRUIT BOWL 

Last week all of my blender dreams came true! 😉 I have been eyeing up a Vitamix blender  for a long, long time.

If you know me at all you know I love smoothies and make them a lot for my family.

My aunt has owned a Vitamix for many years now and always tells me how amazing it is.

She makes her daily green smoothie in hers along with dressings, sauces and soups.

I can tell by the passion in her voice when she talks about her Vitamix that she can’t live without hers.

This beautiful Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl or as my kids call it a chia bowl was one of the first things I made in my brand new Vitamix and it is such an easy recipe. It is perfect as a healthy breakfast or a snack.

I also love making this Peach Blueberry Smoothie Bowl and this Superfood Smoothie Bowl. 

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with spoon.

I was lucky enough to recently attend an event at the Vitamix Store in Solon, Ohio near where I live to learn more about their new Ascent Series Vitamix Blender and received one to take home and use.  

The new series combines sleek design with modern convenience.  

It offers the first high-performance blenders with built-in timers, wireless connectivity, and a family of containers to accompany you both at home, and on the go.

The store is beautiful and a fun place to stop in and browse, especially if you are in the market for a new blender.

An added bonus of having the Vitamix Store in Solon, Ohio close by to my house is that I can stop by for instructional demonstrations, where I learn how to use my Vitamix machine to customize delicious, whole-food recipes.

The event started with cocktails and mouthwatering appetizers and finger foods, which of course many were made in the Vitamix.

These Pork Belly Sliders on Brioche were to die for by the way.

And then demonstrations on how to make everything from powdered sugar to a frozen treat in a Vitamix.

We then had the opportunity to try our hand at making our very own spice blend to take home. I decided to make a Chinese 5 Spice blend which I think will go perfectly on chicken.

The aroma and freshness of freshly ground spices is hard to beat. You can buy whole spices in most bulk sections of a grocery store.

Once you have your whole spices you can use the smaller attachment to grind the spices to your liking.

Not only does the smaller attachment work great for spices it also does wonders when making things like rice flour or cornmeal.

Now when I say that I use this blender a lot– I mean that I use it multiple times every single day!

I have been putting that beauty to good use ever since it entered my kitchen. I now make a Carrot Citrus Juice almost every morning.

I put a whole carrot, chopped pineapple, citrus, ice in my Vitamix and in under 45 seconds I have a glass of juice waiting for me.

If you live in the Cleveland/Akron area you probably didn’t realize there is a physical store in Solon, Ohio that you can go and shop at.

You can browse their Vitamix blenders and learn about all  the amazing things it does from making creamy soups, to juice, to smoothies, to dressings and sauces, waffle mix and more.

I really loved attending the event at the Solon Vitamix Store and supporting a local company that has a similar mission as I do–to help people eat healthier with whole foods.

A little history lesson- in 1949, Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard created the first infomercial in the U.S. to demonstrate how the Vitamix blender can help families eat healthier with whole foods and the rest is history. 

You can stop by their website to learn more about their history –it is a fascinating story.

Their vision is to improve the vitality of people’s lives and liberating the world from conventional food and beverage preparation boundaries.  

They create relationships for life by designing, developing and producing the world’s best performing and most reliable blending solutions.

Now lets talk about this beautiful Acai Fruit Smoothie Bowl.

Smoothie bowls are my favorite to make in the morning.

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with spoon and napkin.

When I was at Trader Joe’s recently I spotted frozen acai packets near the frozen fruit and knew I had to buy them. Typically acai powder can be pricey but these frozen packets were pretty inexpensive.

If you aren’t familiar with acai it is a berry that is an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit. It comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. 

Some studies show that acai fruit pulp is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries {source }.

The chia seeds in this bowl are also healthy and a great addition. They have fiber and fatty acids in them.

This Acai Fruit Smoothie Bowl uses a frozen acai packet, dairy or your favorite dairy alternative like coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk, your favorite fruits like frozen fruit of your choice or fresh berries {I used a half of a frozen banana, frozen strawberries and mango}, a few tablespoons of chia seeds, flax meal and then of course the fun toppings of your choice.

I like to top my smoothie bowls with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, chia seeds and a small amount of granola for crunch.

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with bananas and chia seeds.

MODIFICATIONS AND TIPS FOR THIS CHIA SEEDS FRUIT BOWL

FRUIT: You can use any fruit you have on hand. Some I love are bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, or blackberries. You also could use a fruit puree.

LIQUID: There are a lot of options to use as far as the dairy or dairy alternative. Obviously milk is an option. You could also use oat milk, almond milk, coconut water or soy milk. 

DRIED FRUIT: You can add dried fruit to the finished bowl. Try raisins, prunes or dried cranberries.

NUTS: Nuts can be a great addition. Try almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. A spoonful of nut butter would also be great.

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with logo.

OTHER SMOOTHIE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

BANANA DATE SMOOTHIE

ORANGE SMOOTHIE

OAT SMOOTHIE

PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

BLUEBERRY KALE SMOOTHIE

BLUEBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl with a blue napkin.

Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Start your day with a beautiful and delicious Chia Seeds Fruit Bowl.  Acai is blended with milk or your favorite dairy alternative, frozen fruit, chia seeds and topped with your favorite smoothie down toppings including chia seeds, fresh fruit, shredded coconut and granola. 

Ingredients

For the smoothie bowl:

  • 3/4 cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1 banana, cut in half {half used for the smoothie bowl, half for the toppings}
  • 1 - 3.52 oz. frozen packed acai fruit
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds {optional}
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal {optional}
  • Ice to thicken
  • Honey as a sweetener if needed

Topping ideas:

  • Unsweetened flaked coconut
  • Fresh fruit including the half banana sliced
  • Chia seeds
  • Granola
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Run the frozen acai packet under warm water for 5-10 seconds, until the acai starts to break apart.
  2. Put the ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Turn your Vitamix to 1 and push start. Slowly turn up the speed until it is at full speed and blend for 45 seconds or until the smoothie is the texture you like.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings including fresh fruit, chia seeds, shredded coconut, a drizzle of peanut butter and honey.

Notes

  1. You can use whatever fruit combination you want-I like to pair things like blueberries and pomegranate seeds together, strawberry and mango together or pineapple and mango together with the acai. Feel free to use your favorite combination!
  2. I used milk in my smoothie bowl but feel free to use whatever dairy or dairy alternative you like.
  3. Get creative with the toppings-my kids love to pick their own toppings. It can be a fun, interactive activity.
Thanks to Vitamix for sponsoring today’s post. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new, delicious recipes. 

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Philipp Brohl

Friday 18th of October 2019

Hi Julia, I just tried this acai bowl and it was so delicious. I added some coconut milk to make it even creamier, didn't need any additional sweeteners.

Julia

Friday 18th of October 2019

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

John P Baker

Saturday 11th of May 2019

As a chef, I REALLY like to see those picture. I can see myself over there because I also use Vitamix 750 for my restaurant. I really recommend this blender for all the chef and housewife who always depend on blenders.

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