Summer Fridays! Elderflower Açaí Bowl / by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

hey y'all! i'm just popping in quick for a new little blog series called, *summer friday's* (!), dedicated to small bites, snacks, and some beverages, too!  i'm not sure there are summer fridays in other cities, but many work places on summer fridays in nyc have a shorter work day.  typically the workday would end around 1pm, making the weekends a bit longer, and people generally more cheerful.  i'm hoping i can translate that cheerfulness here and provide some easy, fun, summery recipes :)  

since becoming pregnant i've rediscovered my love for mid-morning and afternoon snacks that are tasty while also nutrient rich (or least strive to be!).  i can be pretty tough on myself when i eat too many vegan nacho tortilla chips, or more than a few sweets, so i'm constantly trying to keep a mindful eye on what i'm feeding my bod and my little babe - even more so than i had prior to being pregnant.  

all throughout my pregnancy fruit has been my sidekick, my ride or die, and towards the end of my first trimester i got into a really expensive routine of buying these killer, $10 (!) acai bowls from a local juice shop.  i realized how ridiculous my purchases had been because i could totally make them just as good at home, while saving money for, i don't know, our soon-to-be baby!? duhr. 

this recipe is super basic.  it's essentially a starter recipe for those of you who aren't familiar with making your own acai bowls, or have never had one before.  the other week i happened to throw in some fresh bloomed elderflowers from our garden and loved its subtle, sweet flowery essence it gave the bowl, so i thought i would share that little twist here :)  while i don't generally eat acai bowls for a straight up meal, they can be made more substantial with a serving of plant-based protein powder.  i personally love eating them as a mid-day snack, or even for dessert.  

i've got some ideas in the works for this easy-breezy, new blog series, but if there's anything you're interested in seeing, i would love, love to hear your feedback! xo's









elderflower açaí bowl | gf + v

there are so many different varieties of açaí bowls, but this recipe is a good starting off point, especially if you're new to making them at home.  

| makes 1 serving |

  • 1 packet frozen açaí pulp (i use sambazon)
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries ( i used a mixture of strawberries and raspberries)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • handful of elderflower blossoms (about 3-4 blooms)


  • granola
  • chia seeds
  • sliced strawberries
  • raspberries
  • elderflower blossoms


  1. thoroughly rinse or soak the elderflower blooms and pat dry.  remove the flowers and add to your blender along with the acai pulp, banana, berries, and almond milk.  blend for 1 minute, until smooth.  if you want a thinner consistency add the remaining milk. 
  2. serve the açaí bowl with a handful of granola, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a few sliced strawberries and/or raspberries, and more elderflower blossoms.


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