Classic Banzai Bowls


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Every single time I eat something fried (i.e. sweet potatoes fries or tortilla chips or that crunchayyy topping that comes on sushi), I say, “I NEED something fresh?!” And then Andrew rolls his eyes because he gets annoyed when I say that because I say it a lot.

But sometimes you just need something fresh. According to my favorite Italian (aka my future brother-in-law), it’s a very Italian thing to finish a meal with fruit. So I think this is just me trying to be more cultured and whatnot.

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So this here is like the freshest thing.

It’s filled with fruit and then topped with more fruit.  So fresh.  And while I used milk in the recipe, I imagine that if you used coconut water instead this would come out fresher-er. 

I haven’t had coconut water in a while.  I can only handle the Zico chocolate kind.  What are your coconut water thoughts?  I bet I would like it if I was drinking it out of an actual coconut while on a beach in Hawaii while posing for a picture to post to instagram…all the while making life look overly fabulous.  Such is social media.

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A couple weekends ago I went crazy over banzai bowls in a can’t stop won’t stop type of way.  I think it may have had something to do with the fact that I hadn’t had granola in a while.  It is so delicious.  How can something be that delicious?

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Now the smoothie part of these banzai bowls aren’t quite as acai-colored as your typical banzai bowl.  I blame that on the fact that my grocery store only sold acai juice mixed with blueberry and apple juice…so that led to a lighter colored smoothie.  Either way it’s so fresh that you’re gonna love it. 

And acai has a high level on antioxidants (you know, one of the health promoting components in other dark colored fruits/veggies/legumes like blueberries, pomegranates, red kidney beans, artichokes and…umm, dark chocolate).

So if you want to had a few dark chocolate shavings to the top of this…that is fine. 

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If your thoughts are something like, “this is just a smoothie with toppings…I’m so over it.” 

You are right, it is just a smoothie with toppings.  AND I LOVE IT!!!!(!)

And now I have every intention of making eighty variations of it.  But we needed to get this more classic version out of the way before we get crazy. 

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Classic Banzai Bowl

The most refreshing breakfast or lunch idea.

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes



1 large frozen banana

2/3 cup milk (or more to get everything blending)

2/3 cup 100% acai juice, frozen in ice cube trays (I used a acai-blueberry-apple juice, just make sure it has no added sugar)

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup ice cubes


1/2 cup granola (I used Nature's Path)

1/2 a banana, sliced

1/2 cup blackberries

1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

1 tablespoon honey, drizzled over top


In a blender combine all smoothie ingredients until smooth.  Divide between two bowls and evenly divide the toppings between the bowls.  DIG IN.

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  1. I’m getting psyched for smoothie season… I just need it to not snow on friday :/ The only ice is need is smoothie ice! PS if you look at the frozen fruit section in Whole Foods they have acai packets that I love to use.

  2. I make something similar for breakfast in the morning during the summer and it is sooooo good!  Acai bowls are addicting!

  3. Drooooooling!! I once bought a coconut to drink out of while I was in Hawaii because I thought it looked so cool, yeah I had one sip and gagged because I hated it so much hahah. I’m still not a fan of coconut water, but I try.

  4. i say that quite often too..esp after a vacation i want nothing but big thing of greens and fruits. this looks wonderful and so refreshing! 

  5. Smoothies are 1000 x better with ALL the toppings!

  6. I do the same thing needing freshness with my greasy food! I think it’s a natural thing so we shouldn’t feel too weird. ;)

    I might have missed it..but why is it called a bonsai bowl??

    • Amanda! I have no idea why they’re called banzai bowls lol. But I ate at this restaurant called Banzai Bowls and this was all they served and I’ve heard other people calling acai smoothies topped with toppings “bonzai bowl”…so I think it’s a thing haha

  7. YUM! So fresh and summery.. I am making this as soon as my magic bullet is replaced.. yes, I broke it.. or maybe it stopped working. It stopped working. We will go with that.

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