Dark Chocolate and Fig Acai Bowl


2015/07/10 by nikkiledford

Right now I have an incredible view of East Village, the Coronado Bridge and a fancy new skyscraper as it nears completion. San Diego, you have my heart. This view almost makes me forget how long I circled around the streets looking for parking during this incredibly busy weekend in San Diego. The world-famous Comic Con is in session and one thing is for certain… San Diego has reached maximum capacity.

I wasn’t planning on posting this on the blog. I kind of just whipped it up after my workout yesterday and kept adding things until I felt fully satisfied with my breakfast creation.

As soon as I shared it on instagram I received a bunch of likes in a matter of moments. It seems I’m not the only one with an intense love for both chocolate and figs. I liked it so much that I made another one for lunch today.

Since I’m not one to hoard my kitchen secrets, I figured I would share my tasty creation with you all! If you want to check out my other Paleo Acai Bowls, click here and here !

dark chocolate fig acai bowl
Dark Chocolate Acai Bowl

1 frozen banana
1/2 c. blueberries
1/2 acai packet
1 scoop vega vanilla protein powder
handful of baby kale


* these are all optional, feel free to customize your bowl with your favorite nuts, seeds, etc. I would suggest keeping the figs though… since they’re in the name and all 😉

2 Tbsp. toasted crushed or sliced almonds
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
3-4 fresh ripe figs, chopped roughly

Vegan Chocolate Sauce

2 squares DARK chocolate, chopped/shaved or 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
sprinkle of sea salt

  1. It’s kind of important to have a high-speed blender to make the base if you want it to have that thick “bowl” quality, but if you don’t have one, this would be just as delicious as a smoothie bowl.
  2. If your almonds aren’t toasted, do this first so they have a little bit of time to cool off.
  3. In a non-stick skillet, add almonds and cook over medium-high heat watching closely so they don’t burn. Shake the skillet frequently to toast all sides. Remove from heat when done and set aside on a plate or cutting board.
  4. In the same skillet add coconut oil and chopped chocolate. If the skillet is still hot, everything should melt nicely. If it needs more heat, heat over a low flame until warm and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and sprinkle in salt.
  5. Place all the acai ingredients in a blender with a tiny bit of water and blend until smooth using the plunger add as much water as you need to get it going but if you have a vitamix, you shouldn’t need much.
  6. Put the acai blend into a bowl. Add toppings and then drizzle the warm chocolate sauce on top.
  7. Slow down and enjoy every bite. Once the chocolate sauce hits the cold smoothie, it will harden like a chocolate-dipped ice cream cone… Yum!

3 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate and Fig Acai Bowl

  1. lianatafuri says:

    This looks delicious omg! I can’t wait to try this!

  2. […] bowl is what happens when you cross a smoothie bowl with my chocolate avocado pudding! It’s too creamy and thick to be a smoothie, but too cold […]

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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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