In my house, summertime equals smoothie time and I am always on a quest to find a new favorite. Mission accomplished my friends. This puppy tastes like a peanut butter milkshake but doesn’t come with the guilt that arises with indulging in one too many. I am a milkshake fan after all, so why not create a healthier version that is quick and delicious? Wins all around.
While there are many healthy ingredients in this smoothie, I am going to focus on one in particular, maca. For more on the benefits of cacao, hemp milk and chia seeds, check out my recipe for Quinoa Breakfast Porridge here.
Maca is a superfood of the Andes, native to Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants that can thrive at such a high altitude. The root of the plant is used to make maca powder, which has a long history as a superfood. It was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s endocrine system. It’s grounding affect helps you cope with anxiety and stress. It provides natural energy without the side effects of caffeine and can also aid in reproductive function by helping to balance hormones and increase fertility. You can buy maca at health food stores and online. I’m a fan of the Navitas Naturals brand.
Banana, Almond Butter and Maca Smoothie
- 1/2 cup unsweetened hemp milk (unsweetened almond milk would work too)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 tbsp maca powder
- 1 banana (I prefer to use frozen bananas as they make the smoothie cooler without having to use ice, which dilutes the flavor. If you choose to use a banana that has been frozen, let it sit for 5 minutes or so before trying to peel it.)
- 1 tbsp natural almond butter (i.e. the kind without added sugar)
- dash (or two) of cinnamon
Combine ingredients and blend thoroughly. Enjoy the goodness!
Peace, love and smoothies,