Aside from smoothies, what are some other - maybe more unexpected -- uses for acai powder?
So perhaps you've been diligently putting acai in your blender each morning. Or maybe you've been whipping up some acai powder with frozen bananas for a homemade acai bowl (delish!). But did you know the uses of acai powder go far, far beyond our beloved creamy drinks and smoothie bowls?
One of my favorite products Navitas carries is, in fact, acai powder. With the popularity of acai having enjoyed a steady rise the past several years, the market has been flooded with acai products in all kinds of forms, like frozen blends and drinks. Despite all these options, I remain an acai powder purist: this form is not only the most potent form of acai available (no added sugars, fillers, or anything! Talk about getting the most bang for your buck), it's also the most flexible for all kinds of culinary opportunities where only a powder can do the trick. Behold, some of the many creative ways to use acai powder!
Whisk Into Sauces
If you want to instantly snazz up your next batch of barbeque sauce, ketchup, salad dressing or glaze, whisk in a spoonful of acai. The mild berry notes and healthy fats will blend seamlessly with spices like cinnamon, cloves and hot peppers, and the deep purple color is enchanting to look at.
Shake into Pancake Syrup
A few tablespoons of acai powder poured directly into your bottle of maple syrup (and shaken well) will ensure your acai syrup is ready to go whenever pancake needs strike. â€˜Nuff said.
Infuse Fruit Salads, Salsas & Chutneys
To date, I haven't met a fruit that acai doesn't like. From berries to melons, summer's finest stone fruits to the crunchy apples of winter, acai's soft flavor plays well with them all. Mix a little bit of liquid sweetener, a spoonful of acai powder, and some vanilla into your next fruit salad for a beautiful meld of flavor, or enjoy acai in your next spicy salsa, like my Acai Blackberry Salsa.
Use For Energy Bars
One of the many cool things about acai powder is that it can be used as a dry ingredient to make non-perishable snacks. Case in point: homemade energy bars! You can make simple bars out of nuts and dried fruit in a food processor, and add in a little acai powder to boost nutrient density and send the antioxidant levels soaring - check out my recipe for Spiced Acai Energy Bars for inspiration!
Sprinkle on Salads
Acai's savory side shines through when tossed in with dark leafy greens, rich avocados, and crunchy seasonal vegetables. A light dusting of acai powder on top of a colorful salad plate is not only elegant, but enhances flavor too.
Add To No-Bake Desserts
While we don't recommend baking with acai (you'll lose many of its vitamins and antioxidants through extended high heat), you can easily add acai into desserts that don't require cooking, like truffles, raw brownies, and no-bake cookies. Acai goes excellently with chocolate (cacao), so treats like my Acai Truffles are always a win. Also fun: try whisking in a little acai into smaller elements of your desserts as a superfood surprise. For example, a little acai whisked into vanilla frosting is a great way to spruce up cupcakes!