Açaí is a small, flavoursome dark purple berry that grows in a palm tree indigenous to the Amazon forest and has been famous around the world for quite some time due to its nutritional properties. Açaí is popular not only because it is full of vitamins, but is also very delicious. Considered a super food in healthy restaurants and shops, the fruit has been eaten by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon for hundreds of years. In the Amazonian kitchens, one of the traditional recipes is the açaí mousse which is usually served with a soft meringue or decorated with tapioca pearls. Last thing: I warn you that açaí is quite addictive! I remember when I tried my first spoon ever I thought: hummm, quite exotic, the second spoon I went: OK, interesting!, the third: not too bad, the fourth: so yummy, I want to eat the whole bowl! Since then, here at home our fridge has always been packed with this smoothie.
2 x 750ml Amazoo Açaí Smoothie(Banana or Guaraná flavour) *
½ cup (70g) rolled oats
½ cup (100g) Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
½ cup (50g) shredded coconut
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 ½ tbs honey
1 tbs macadamia oil
50g dried pineapple, roughly chopped
50g banana chips
Greek or plain yoghurt, to serve
You will need to start this recipe overnight
1. Pour smoothie in ice-cube trays and freeze overnight. Just before serving transfer to a food processor and blend until creamy.
2. For the granola, preheat oven to 170°C, fan-forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon and cloves. Stir honey and oil in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Pour over oat mixture and stir until well combined. Spread over prepared tray. Bake, stirring every 3 minutes, for 12-13 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely. Transfer the oat mixture to a bowl, add the pineapple and bananas and toss to combine.
3. Distribute among serving bowls and serve with the crunchy granola and a dollop of greek yoghurt.
*Available online and from selected supermarkets