“HOW DO YOU GET THE THICKNESS IN ACAI BOWLS & NICE CREAMS?” Today I am going to answer that question and do the breakdown of how to achieve that amazing, creamy, thick, delicious, dreamy texture that might be easier than you expect.
Side-side -note* I have used Vitamix for the past 11 years! Shem and I have had one since we’ve been married, needless to say I am a fan. We use our blender multiple times a day making smoothies, nice creams, soups and sauces. Its makes preparing healthy foods for myself and for my family quick and easy and also just as important super delicious!
The Right Ingredients: For ultimate thickness & creaminess, it is important that all of the fruit you are using is completely frozen and that your ‘base’ is a creamy fruit like frozen banana, avocado, or mango. Extra tip: Freeze your favorite nut milk (almond, cashew, coconut) into cubes for a non fruit alternative! *full fat milks work the best for flavor and texture.
INGREDIENT RATIOS: Do not add too much liquid. Notice in the image below how little liquid is at the bottom of the blender. The more powerful your blender the less you can use. Many times I use no liquid at all.
You can always add more if needed.
Extra tip- instead of a liquid, try a non frozen fruit like banana, strawberries, blueberries or mangos. Add to blender first and frozen fruit on top. The non-frozen fruit will puree and help get things moving!
Blender Speed: For this particular blender you can use presets. Its completely fool proof. For Nice Creams and thick Acai Bowls use the Ice Cream preset. Simply, turn power on, press the ice-cream button and let it do its thing. You can always adjust how you see fit during the process and use the Vitamix Tamper (I call it a wand) to help move the fruits around. This machine comes with a 64 oz container with blades that are designed to draw the ingredients into the center.
Blend, Stop & Mash Repeat: I’ll stop blending once or twice just to scrape the side and to avoid blending too much. The entire process of blending should take 1-2 minutes tops!
Finish Product: The thickness should be equivalent to serve ice cream! If you were to turn the blender upside down it will stay in place! OR stick a spoon in it and it will stand up straight! That’s when you know you nailed!
There you have it! Its quite simple and takes only a few minutes once you know what to do! Even my young kids have fun creating their own recipes and making the family treats!
What we do at home to make healthy options easy is to stay stocked up and in this particular case we would have in our freezer a few big bags of organic frozen fruits (i.e. blueberries, bananas, strawberries, mangos) and frozen nut milk ice cubes. We would have some other fresh fruits in the fridge and in our cupboard we always have granolas, coconut shreds, and some other fun toppings like crushed nuts and dried fruit or cacao nibs!
It makes it fun to be prepared and creating healthy delicious dishes that much easier!
I hope this break down helped and if you have any questions feel free to ask!