Believe it or not, I've never had an actual acai bowl. You know, the type you kept seeing on your Instagram feed last summer(hey, I don't follow the trends in real time people!). I thought to myself, "What if I put all the components of an acai bowl, only in gelatinized form?"
This recipe is the answer to that thought. Acai is a superfruit native to Brazil only, which is why it only comes in three forms in North American supermarkets: pureed, powdered, or juice. Some people think acai is too strong in taste, which is why I also added grape juice(because it's purple too). Personally, I can drink acai juice straight out of the bottle. But I do realize not everybody has my adventurous taste buds(though if they did, the world would be a better place).
Not all acai bowls are alike- some have chocolate, some have kiwis, etc. But my ideal acai bowl would also have strawberries, bananas, coconut, and granola. Coincidentally(ok, not really), these four things are in this jello. This is the first time I've made jello with stuff actually submerged in it.
The taste of the jello wasn't too sweet, the granola provided a crunch to the jello and the coconut provided a nice touch to the jello. My dad even loved the jello too- so much so he had an entire bowl of it!
You may have noticed some changes on my channel- I'm using different music(to reflect the new theme of my channel, which is about ugly yet tasty food) and a different introduction to better reflect what people on YouTube will actually watch for more than 15 seconds before closing the video!
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A small saucepan
A large bowl
4 little bowls
For the jello:
3/4 cups of acai juice
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 cup of grape juice
1/4 cups of water
Shredded, sweetened coconut
1. Bring the water to a boil in the small saucepan. With this little water, it should boil in 2-3 minutes.
2. As the water is reaching the boiling point, mix the unflavored gelatin into the acai juice until you get a smooth liquid with no lumps(ideally)
3. Add the boiling water to the acai juice mixture.
4. Mix the grape juice into the acai juice mixture.
5. Put pieces of strawberries, bananas, coconut, and granola into the little bowls(I only used one or two pieces of each item in each bowl).
6. Pour the liquid over the solid ingredients in the little bowls, covering it.
7. Put plastic wrap over each of the the little bowls.
8. Put the little bowls in the fridge to let the gelatin set for 2-4 hours.
9. Bon appetit!