Easy Vegan Açaí Superfood Sorbetgo to recipe
This cold and creamy treat requires only 10 minutes to create and is loaded with health benefits thanks to several wholesome, superfood ingredients like blueberries, açaí powder, ginger, and chia seeds.
All of these powerhouse ingredients have impressive nutritious profiles that, when put together, contribute to an increase in heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plus a decrease in systemic inflammation, blood pressure, and antioxidants.
Chia Seeds – although small, they are pack with healthy protein, fiber, and fat. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains 5g fiber (20% daily value), 3g protein (6% daily value), and 4g fat (6% daily value). 1 tablespoons also has 80mg calcium (8% daily value), 1.9mg iron (11% daily value), 120mg phosphorus (12% daily value), and 40mg magnesium (10% daily value). The healthy fats in these little seeds are heart-friendly omegas, including omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids. They’re easy to add in yogurt and oatmeal and on top of salads and soups (for another chia seed recipe, check out these Blueberry Chia Whole-Wheat Pancakes I make almost every week.
Pure Maple Syrup, believe it or not, also has benefits — BUT you have to choose the right one. Maple syrup is a perfect substitute for honey and a great sweetener for vegans. The color of maple syrup can range from light tan to dark brown. Some of it has to do with the sap used. Some of it has to do with the time of year it’s produced. When maple syrup is produced early in the year, it tends to be lighter. And it will be darker when produced later in the year. Make sure to use a pure grade maple syrup and avoid imitation maple syrups that are full of artificial crap. While it does contain healthy qualities like antioxidants and minerals (calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, and manganese), it’s still mostly made of sucrose and should be enjoyed in moderation. I use this Organic Maple Syrup Grade A Dark Color. My 5 Minute Brownie Batter Cashew Butter (it’s definitely in the top 10 favorites recipes I’ve made) is a super yummy recipe that also requires maple syrup.
I’m not done talking about these amazing ingredients! Here are two more disease-fighting foods I use in this sorbet…
Ginger -adding a pinch of this powerful ingredient gives you endless health benefits from being an anti-inflammatory to naturally settling stomach and muscle pain. Since it is shown to increase metabolism and reduce lipoproteins (natural substance found in the body that carries fat cholesterol through your bloodstream), ginger has been studied on its ability to decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. I also used ground ginger in one of my top favorite recipes of f(all) time – Spiced Apple Biscuit Cobbler. YUM!
Acai berry – the star of the show is this impressive superberry. It conveniently delivers a load of health gain in a very small amount. Their ability to attack free radicals is three times as powerful as blueberries. Free radicals are atoms with an unfilled outer shell, so they travel through the body looking for other atoms to bond to in order gain what is needed to fill the outer shell. If this persists, the body experiences oxidative stress (any stress, as you know, is not good). Oxidative stress leads to chronic illness, wrinkles, and systemic stress, and affects many areas of your body in a negative way, like your inflammatory system, central nervous system, and auto-immune system. The acai berry is rich in a specific antioxidant called anthocyanins that are shown to attack free radicals an, thus, aid in preventing certain cardiovascular, neurological, and chronic diseases. This berry is also surprisingly high in healthy fats and low in sugar. I used this Organic Acai Berry Powder.
- 1 cup canned coconut cream, chilled - (solid portion only - see note)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 1 cup frozen blueberries - (see note)
- 1/4 cup acai powder
- 3 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 cup ice
- Put all ingredients in a food processor.
- Blend for about 5 minutes. Stop and scrape the bowl a few times during this process to ensure everything gets combined well.
- Pour sorbet mixture into a freezer-friendly container and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Let sorbet sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
- I put a can of coconut cream in the fridge the night before to make sure it’s solid, for an extra creamy treat!
- You can substitute blueberries with frozen raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries.