Cool down with this Basil Hibiscus Açai Bowl – antioxidant rich and dairy free.
This Açai Bowl is something you can prepare in minutes to help you cool down in the afternoon sun. The perfect alternative to store bought ice creams laden with refined sugars and other nasties (we’re talking high fructose corn syrup, emulsifiers, gums, colourings and the like). I experimented with two new flavours here – adding the basil and the hibiscus to the berry base – it’s a winner. Hibiscus by the way isn’t just a pretty face…
This beautiful herb is often used in love spells, and once upon a time, it was said that a man would fall for a woman if he took a sprig of basil from her. It’s useful for calming an upset stomach and easing cramps. Basil compliments berries so well – such a flavour explosion.
I literally had to do a u-turn while driving to stop and admire (ok, and pinch a few) stunning pink hibiscus flowers down a side street. It’s no surprise that these beauties are ruled by the planet Venus, and in folklore, they were used for their lust-inducing powers. It is easy enough to find hibiscus tea, and a bit trickier (but worth it) to source hibiscus powder. In traditional herbal medicine, they are used for the heart and circulation, lowering blood pressure, and for supporting respiratory health.
The flowers themselves are rich in protective antioxidants – there’s a bit of Venus’s influence – adding to longevity and wrinkle free skin!
Basil Hibiscus and Açai Bowl
- ½ frozen banana
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup tightly packed fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon açai berry powder
- ½ cup freshly brewed and chilled hibiscus tea
- 2 teaspoons coconut nectar
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- Good squeeze of lemon
- Blend lightly (you want it a little thicker).
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