This antioxidant-packed Brazilian fruit is everywhere. We've got eleven healthy new ways to try acai
Vegan Waffles with Acai-Berry Sauce
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Feign decadence with Vegan Waffles with Acai-Berry Sauce that are just begging to be eaten at brunch. Since these waffles are vegan, you can use an extra heavy pour of the flavorful sauce, loaded with fresh berries, acai powder, and a touch of agave. (Wait, there's more! Try one of these 15 Brilliant Brunch Recipes for Your Best Weekend Ever.)
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Raw Acai Cashew Bites with Coconut and Lime
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Acai powder gives these Raw Acai Cashew Bites their eye-catching and vibrant red hue (not to mention some major antioxidant powder). But this recipe for energy balls adds raw cashews, coconut oil, and honey to the mix to make the perfect on-the-go snack. They'll give you the staying power you need to blast through your afternoon.
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Acai Greek Yogurt Parfait
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This recipe for Acai Greek Yogurt Parfaits is a next-level take on your average parfait. Using Greek yogurt means it packs a protein punch, but adding acai directly to the yogurt bumps up the nutrition and gives it an innovative spin on flavor (and a pretty pink color). Top the parfait with your favorite store-bought or homemade granola and fresh fruit for an easy morning meal. (For more Greek yogurt goodness, check out these 10 Healthy Recipes Using Greek Yogurt.)
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Blueberry Acai Cornbread Cakes
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We love bread. But we love cornbread swirled with acai even more. Sure, with these savory Blueberry Acai Cornbread Cakes, you get a dish that can work for any time of the day, but when that 3 p.m. craving sets in sounds like a perfect time to us.
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Raspberry Chia Overnight Oats with Acai
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Hit snooze three times this morning? Overnight oats to the rescue—specifically, this recipe for Raspberry Chia Overnight Oats with Acai you whipped up the night before. You'll get a faux-fancy breakfast, even if you're scarfing it down right before you run out the door. Oats and chia seeds are flavored with a generous serving of acai powder plus cacao, raspberries, cinnamon, honey, and dairy-free milk. The result? A creamy concoction reminiscent of the tropics that leaves you feeling satisfied. Pro tip: Prep a week's worth in one night and then just top with fresh berries and nuts each morning.
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Chocolate Acai Cups
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The chocolate-peanut butter combo will never die. But every now and again, it's worth adding just one more tantalizing flavor to the classic mash-up. In that case, you'll love these Chocolate Acai Cups, made with dark chocolate and an acai filling. Candy doesn't get much more heart-healthy than this!
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Layered Acai Chia Pudding
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This Layered Acai Chia Pudding is almost too pretty to eat. The seeds soak overnight in almond milk, acai powder, and maple syrup. On top, blended bananas and berries create a picture perfect meal (so make it in a glass jar for that Instagram pic you know you were always planning to take). Bonus: It's loaded with antioxidants, protein, and fiber. (Craving more? These 17 Chia Seed Pudding Recipes Taste Better Than Dessert.)
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Superfood Acai Quinoa Granola
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Granola is the queen of versatility—think of it as a melting pot for your favorite nuts, grains, seeds, dried fruits, and spices. We love this Superfood Acai Quinoa Granola for starting with an already delicious and healthy mix of quinoa and oats (hello, protein), then adding chia and flax seeds (we see you, fiber), plus cinnamon, coconut butter, dates, almonds, cacao nibs, and goji berries. The aroma that emerges while you bake makes this one-pan wonder worth it even before you take the first bite. (Want more one-pan meal recipe ideas? Try these Sheet-Pan Meals That Make Clean-Up a Breeze.)
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Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita
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Because who says cocktails and superfoods can't mix? As if we needed another reason to hit up happy hour (seriously, it's been Confirmed: Drinking Alcohol Really Does Make You Happier), this Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita has us counting down to five o'clock like tick, tock, tick, tock.
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Chocolate Covered Bananas
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Sambazon, a purveyor of all things acai, pushes the limits of their lauded superfood by melting acai with dark chocolate for these Chocolate Covered Bananas. That acai-chocolate blend, sea salt, and coconut oil create a luscious coating that's so good you're going to just want to dip your spoon and eat it on its own. Harness your willpower to dredge a banana in the dip instead, then roll it in coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and bee pollen, before popping it in the freezer and rewarding yourself with the ultimate treat.
Blueberry Acai Chocolate Oatmeal Bites
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Consider adding these Blueberry Acai Chocolate Oatmeal Bites to the top of the list of things we like to make in a muffin tin. (We've already made and loved some Muffin Tin Recipes for Perfect Portion Control). These poppable snacks pack all kinds of healthy goodness—like oats, blueberries, acai, and banana—into mini cups so you can take them with you to eat whenever you feel a stomach growl coming on.
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