A few weeks ago, I stopped into Liquiteria in Cambridge, MA with my sister and I had a peanut butter acai bowl that seriously rocked my world.
I was completely overwhelmed by all the choices and wanted to order one of everything. When that’s the case (…it often is!), I always ask people behind counter what their favorite item on the menu is. When the answer was “Well, 9 times out of 10, I get the Peanut Butter Acai Bowl”, it was pretty obvious.
I mean, does anything sound better?
But get this: it ended up being equal parts acai base, smooth, gritty peanut butter and granola. A third, a third, a third—just like that.
They were not messing around.
On our walk back across the river to her apartment, I inhaled that thing. And every few minutes, I hesitantly offered my sister a bite (the curse of being a big sister—we’re not very good at being selfish)
And ever since then, I’ve been on a mission to re-create that bowl.
Now, I’m pretty sure that it’s not really possible, but the recipe here is the closest that I can get. The key is to pick a granola flavor that’s not super overpowering—try vanilla or cinnamon (or, if you can find a peanut butter one, even better!).
And also: don’t be stingy on the peanut butter scoop on top. That’s what makes this baby shine.
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
Makes 1 bowl
1 packet acai
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 medjool date
1/8 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons cinnamon granola
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1. Break up the frozen acai packet by hitting it against the counter or hammering with a kitchen mallet. (I’m sure this isn’t the technical way to make this happen, but it works!)
2. In a high-speed blender, blend the acai, bana, date and almond milk on high for 1 minute.
3. If your peanut butter is soft, great! If you keep yours in the fridge like me, put it in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds so it’s spreadable.
4. Pour the acai base into your bowl, top with peanut butter, granola and cacao nibs. Dig in!