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Creamy Vanilla Acai Smoothie Bowl

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This dairy-free smoothie is thick and creamy. It is chock full of antioxidants and plant-based protein to power you through your morning. It basically tastes like berry vanilla ice cream. Top it with your favorite healthy boosters and fresh berries for a more complete and satisfying meal.


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  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 acai frozen packet (100 grams)
  • 1 1/4 cup frozen berries (I do 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup frozen strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk (I use almond but you could use coconut, hemp, rice or oat if you are allergic to tree nuts)
  • Topping Ideas: chia seeds, hemp seeds, strawberry slices, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cacao nibs, nut or seed butter, pomegranate seeds, currents, granola, drizzle agave, chopped dates


  1. Soak the pitted dates for 30 minutes in boiled water. This step simply softens the dates and helps the blender blend them smooth. If you have a Vitamix you can skip this soaking step as the machine is powerful enough on its own to blend the dates smooth.
  2. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender in the order they appear (dates go in first on bottom and milk goes in last). Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Because this is a smoothie bowl it will be super thick. You may need to use your tamper to get things going. If you do not have a tamper you can manually scrap down the sides. Or, you can wait for the frozen fruit to thaw out a bit so it blends easier. If you prefer a thinner smoothie you can add more milk. If you prefer a thicker smoothie and your blender can handle it, add more frozen fruit 1/4 cup at a time.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a small bowl. Top with your desired toppings. In the picture above I used two small sliced strawberries, a small handful of blueberries, 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds, 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs. Using a spoon enjoy immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Smoothie Bowl