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Make-Ahead Acai Smoothie Jar

From berries to bananas to protein-packed Nature Valley granola, this grab-and-go breakfast jar is chock-full of wholesome ingredients.
By Tieghan Gerard
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As winter draws to a close and spring appears on the horizon, I find myself craving breakfasts that are lighter, fresher and all-around faster. Something I can grab and go about my busy morning, without feeling weighed down.

Fitting the bill precisely are these crazy-delicious acai smoothie jars. “What the heck is acai?,” you ask? Good question! Besides being the thing to eat these days, it also happens to be a deep purple fruit that comes from an acai palm tree, native to Central and South America. Super-rich in antioxidants, acai is available in myriad of forms, including frozen smoothie packs and powder. The smoothie packs are available at well-stocked health-food stores, but for folks who live in small towns like me, the powder is readily available online. Either one will work wonderfully in this recipe! 

To start, gather your ingredients—you’ll find the detailed list of ingredients and measurements in the recipe below.

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In your blender, add 1 frozen acai smoothie pack or 1 tablespoon acai powder, 1 banana, 1/3 cup frozen berries if using the frozen acai pack (1 cup frozen berries if using the acai powder), coconut milk, orange juice and chia seeds.

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Blend on high until smooth, about 1-2 minutes, then pour the smoothie into a 16-ounce lidded glass jar (if you’re eating it immediately, a bowl will work just fine too!).

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Top it off with the almond butter, Nature Valley Peanut Butter Protein Granola, bananas, raspberries and toasted coconut flakes. Feel free to get creative with the toppings—cereals, fresh or dried fruits, nut butters, seeds—the combos are endless!

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To make this recipe in advance, prepare the smoothie as directed in step one. Store the smoothie in your sealed glass jar and place in the fridge until ready to eat, up to three days. When you’re ready to eat, add your toppings as directed in step two, and dig in with a spoon. I promise you’ll be hooked!

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