Chocolate Protein Acai Ice Cream Bowl is full of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based protein. Now you can have your dessert and breakfast at the same time with this recipe! 🙂
I’ve loved ice cream and bowls of sweet goodness since I was a little girl. But really, who doesn’t? 🙂
In fact, it might surprise some of you to know that I used to order fried ice cream anytime I went out to dinner at Mexican restaurants. Not kidding. Or, there were plenty of bowls of mint chocolate chip and hot fudge sundaes at other types of restaurants. Nope, not kidding again.
I’ve loved ice cream for a long time, and in my teens, I was even a soda fountain clerk where I served ice cream and created all kinds of smoothies, shakes, and ice cream concoctions for a total of 6 years. I’m certain that’s when my love for blended and cold creations began, but it also took a toll on my health despite that my sweet tooth lived a *very* good life for a *really* long time.
Anyway, when I started eating healthier at age 20, I knew I couldn’t give up all sweet foods, so after I eliminated refined sugar from my diet, I started finding new ways to make my foods delicious without all the high-fructose corn syrup (sugar), white sugar, dairy ice cream, and so on.
It took awhile, but over the years as I learned about new foods and healthier options, it became so easy and something I didn’t even have to think about. Not only did my health improve (no more seizures, acne, depression, weight gain, blood sugar swings), but I also learned how much I loved creating new foods in the kitchen.
And 10 years after the fact, I’m happy to say that each new sweet recipe I bring to you is one I truly do love and enjoy in my own kitchen.
Like today’s bowl of goodness!
My Chocolate Protein Acai Ice Cream Bowl features Garden of Life’s RAW Fit plant-based protein which is an incredible, plant-based protein option with extra hunger-squashing and lean muscle-building powers!
RAW Fit is targeted toward those that want to lose weight due to blood sugar swings or cravings for junk, but let’s just get one thing straight: I don’t use (or love) this product because I’m trying to lose weight. It tastes great, digests easily, and keeps me full a long time, which I like. It’s also good for these type of recipes since it’s not a *green* tasting powder (which I also love but more so in smoothies, not in these kind of recipes).
RAW Fit protein is a great option if you want a high dose of plant-based protein without much else. There are no fillers, additives, or funny business in RAW Fit, and it happens to taste fantastic!
This is not a new line of protein by Garden of Life, but there are two new flavors that are new to the RAW Fit family as of 2015. The two new flavors are Cacao and Vanilla. Just like many other Garden of Life products, they are organic, free of gluten, soy, and dairy, and the new flavors are also yeast-free too!
Here are some of my favorite highlights of RAW Fit:
- Contains 28 grams of protein per serving for 190 calories, (but it’s so filling, I can only use ½ a scoop at one time, seriously!)
- Contains 6 grams of fiber per serving from whole, plant foods (no gluten or soy!)
- Contains stress-busting herbs and superfood adaptogens like ashwagandha, plus foods to help lower blood sugar levels and reduce cravings
- Made of an easily-digested blend of plant-based proteins
- Contains NO sugar (which is a must for me!), plus very low amounts of raw stevia for natural sweetness
- Boosted with decaffeinated raw green coffee bean extract for energy, metabolism, and healthy blood glucose levels
- Is 100% gluten, soy and dairy-free plus certified non-GMO and USDA certified organic … and 100% verified VEGAN!
Please Note: Using Raw Fit alone will not help you lose weight, so I don’t want to imply that by any means. Weight loss happens when you eat a clean diet, get enough sleep, your hormones are in check, you’re eating enough food and not taking in too little calories, and you’re eating a diet filled with real, high-quality foods. Moving your body and moderate amounts of exercise are also helpful and important for overall health.
However, using high-quality sources of plant-based protein that are low in saturated fat can help you reach your weight loss goals more easily when you also consume enough fiber, healthy carbs, and nutrient-dense fruits and veggies. These foods keep you full, eliminate cravings, support metabolic function, and leave you eating foods that don’t contain processed sugar and refined grains, high-fat oils that don’t fill you up.
Remember, eat real food for the win! 🙂
- 1 pack unsweetened frozen acai pack (sold in the frozen fruit section at most health food stores)
- 1 scoop your choice sugar-free chocolate protein powder(I used Garden of Life RAW Fit Cacao flavor.)
- 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt)
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- optional (but recommended) -1 drop liquid, alcohol-free stevia (or 1/16th pure stevia powder) and a pinch of cocoa powder
- toppings of choice
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to a high-speed blender or food processor. If you have a high-speed blender, turn it to the frozen dessert or smoothie button and run through the cycle. You may need to add a little more non-dairy milk to get it going. If using a food processor, let the acai pack thaw a few minutes (or run under warm water and then open the package) before processing it.
- If using a regular blender (not a high-speed) or a Nutribullet, add 2 tbsp. more liquid to help it blend easier, and you may need to stir in between cycles. You'll want a thick consistency like ice cream when it's finished.
- Scoop into your favorite bowl, and serve with a spoon.
- Add any toppings you enjoy such as chia, flax,nuts, seeds, or superfoods. I used coconut, bee pollen (great source of complete amino acids and antioxidants), along with fresh strawberry halves.
- *If you do not have acai, you may sub in 1 cup frozen blueberries or blackberries, or you may use 1 tablespoon acai powder and 1 cup your choice frozen berries.
Nutritional Benefits of This Recipe:
Plant-based protein–especially high-quality ones versus protein bars and refined isolate protein powders– are exceptional sources of amino acids to lower the insulin response compared to proteins in dairy and animal products. The less insulin response that occurs when we eat protein, the better our blood sugar levels and cell adaptation, which means that we don’t get a response in the body that leaves us hungry and that causes our pancreas to work harder than it has to. Plant-based sources of protein also more fiber and some offer extra minerals that animal proteins do not.
Acai is one of the most anti-oxidant rich foods on the planet and is an exceptional source of amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and cancer-fighting properties. It is one of the most treasured beauty foods of Brazil and has been one of my personal secret weapons the last 10 years of trying to age gracefully. My favorite brands of acai products are Navitas Organics acai powder which is the best-tasting and highest quality acai powder I’ve ever had, and I love Amafruits organic acai puree packs which I order online in bulk (not an affiliate, just love them).
Bee pollen is high in amino acids that balance blood sugar levels and rich in immune-boosting properties as well. It’s also one of my favorite anti-aging foods and is a complete source of protein! I do use organic bee pollen and organic raw manuka honey from trusted *bee* friendly brands, and yes, I’m vegan. I don’t consider the occasional use of bee products that treat their bees well a make-or-break factor for whether someone is vegan. Just my take, feel free to make your own choices as far as that goes.
Berries! I love berries in all forms. My acai bowl also has strawberries on top which are an excellent anti-aging food and one of the best sources of vitamin C you can consume. Buy organic when you can since these berries are the highest source of pesticides in conventional form of all foods (and have been for the last 5 years). Other great options are blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even dark cherries which are actually berries, too. Goji berries would also be great here and another great way to add some extra plant protein since they’re a complete source of protein.
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Happy healthy ice-cream bowl making! 🙂