I love Christmas time. Probably because I love family time. Being with people that I love during a holiday that is so dear to my heart gives me warm and cozy feelings inside. It’s why I look forward to the holiday season every year.
We hosted my dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving this year. And we had such a blast! I especially enjoyed cooking and planning for “the big feast.” But I will say that as much as I enjoyed it I couldn’t “play hostess” at that level day after day.
Because it’s exhausting!
That’s why it’s nice to have go-to recipes that are simple and fuss free when you have guests in town. I’m a girl that loooves to cook, but even I want to create a not-so-demanding meal plan when I’m entertaining guests.
That’s why I love doing an Acai Breakfast Bowl Bar. We did this in Utah at a big family event late last summer. Wisely, we split up the meal duties amongst the families so that our awesome hostess wasn’t feeling burned out by creating meal after meal for 4 different families and their children.
This Acai Bowl was a hit! Everyone can customize their bowl to what they want it to be and it’s super simple to make without tons of cleanup.
It was also a healthful option which is a nice change of pace during the holidays when it’s easy to eat more sweet and savory dishes.
One thing I will note about the avocados is that I really can’t stand it when I open one and it’s got brown bruising or spots inside – yuck! I adopted a strategy years ago to make sure my avocados are perfectly ripe and green on the inside: I buy them unripe. Yes, you read that right – unripe.
Once avocados start to ripen they are more easily bruised and damaged. By letting them ripen at home I can ensure that they won’t be all bruised and nasty on the inside when I’m ready to eat them. It’s slightly inconvenient since you do have to wait a few days but I like this strategy much better.
So plan accordingly and get your avocados in advance!
Acai Bowl Breakfast Bar
High Power Blender or Food Processor
Little bowls for serving toppings
You’ll need to multiply the base recipe based on how many people you’re feeding. Generally, I account for 1 avocado per person. So, if you’re making this for 8 adults you’d multiply the recipe by 8.
Ingredients for the Acai Base
- Flesh of 1 ripe avocado
- 1 to 1 ½ cups of your favorite berries fresh
- ½ of a Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Superfruit Pack
- Pitted dates to sweeten to taste
Superfoods and Toppings
- Paleo Granola
- Shredded Coconut
- Chia Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sliced Banana
- Assorted Fresh Berries
- Green Tea Powder
- Maca Powder
- Nut Butters
- Cacao Nibs
How to Set It Up
First blend all ingredients for the base in a high powered blender or food processor until completely smooth. Place in a serving bowl.
Gather your bowls and line them up on the counter. Add your assorted toppings to each bowl and set out spoons for sprinkling the toppings.
Place your bowl with the acai base at the “front” of the line. Set out a serving spoon and you’re done! Have guests make their own bowls and enjoy!