If you haven’t tried (or heard of) maca, then there’s no better way to start than with this indulgent caramel maca smoothie. Maca has a nutty malty taste that pairs extremely well with the spiciness of cinnamon and the sweetness of dates. This smoothie is rich and satisfying, and perfect for a lazy snowy Sunday morning. But most importantly its reputable for its ability to naturally boost libido.
Indeed, Maca, grown in Peru, is a root vegetable that resembles a radish and is part of the broccoli family. Not only is maca rich in powerful minerals and vitamins, studies have shown that it can help with hormone ( libido) and mood balance, perfect for those times when you feel overwhelmed and stressed. It’s also been shown to boost your energy levels, increasing your mental focus and clarity, which we could always use first thing in the morning.
Have you heard the word “adaptogens” thrown around lately and how they’re great to include in your diet? Maca is also adaptogenic, meaning that it increases your ability to adapt to environmental factors (such as toxins and stress), avoiding damage from these factors and at the same time, creating no side effects from its use.
So if you’re unsure of where to buy maca, you can easily buy it on an online organic foods shop, or alternatively at your local health store. You only need to use one or two teaspoons of maca in order to benefit from the taste, so a little goes a long way.
Caramel Maca Smoothie (one serving):
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup almond milk
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 tbsp natural almond butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 heaping tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp date syrup (or two dates, pitted)
- Handful of granola
- Toasted coconut flakes*
- Drizzle of date syrup
Add all ingredients to your high speed blender, and blend until completely smooth. You can add additional almond milk for a thinner consistency if desired. Taste, and add extra date syrup if desired but the frozen banana should add quite a lot of natural sweetness to the smoothie.
Pour into a large bowl, sprinkle with the granola and toasted coconut flakes, and enjoy!
*Should you wish to toast your own coconut flakes, simply pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spread the coconut flakes evenly on a dry baking sheet and toast in the oven quickly for around 5 minutes, turning once halfway through. Watch carefully and remove the coconut flakes once they are lightly brown on the edges. You can store leftovers in a sealed jar.