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08/16/2011

Guest recipes: maca magic desert dessert smoothies!  »

While summer temperatures soar, it’s great to cool down with refreshing chilled smoothies for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Recently reunited with my culinary muse and partner extraordinaire Courtney Pool, I have been inspired to throw heaping tablespoons of maca into recipes. She doesn’t seem to mind, bless her raw vegan gorgeous heart.

Maca adds a caramel-malt flavor, which is well combined with ingredients like indulgent cacao, protein-rich hemp seeds, omega-3- and bulk-adding chia seeds, and alkalizing superfood powder Vitamineral Green. Experimenting with local, fruity accents like strawberries or other berries can add color and texture to round out your delicious, nutrient-dense meal.

Here are the two latest recipes I have created. Hope you like them as much as my muse and I have. To make, just put all ingredients in a blender and combine. Enjoy!

The Cacaoinator
Sort of sounds like an Arnold b-movie, right? If Arnold had any sense, he’d be downing the cacaoinator instead of eating his words on national news.

Ingredients

4 Tbsp. Chia
1 Tbsp. Vitamineral Green
1 to 2 Tbsp. Cacao powder
1 to 2 Tbsp. Maca
1/2 cup Pumpkin seed milk
Ice

Optional
3 tsp. Hemp seeds
Lucuma (to taste)
Stevia (to taste)

Garnish
Brazil nuts
Bee pollen

Strawberry maca elixir
The secret is in the garnish! Chopped raw cacao paste or raw cacao nibs or bars, bee pollen, plus strawberries make this super-decadent. You can also garnish with mint, or any other type of berry or superfood.

This smoothie is best enjoyed with a friend or lover.

Ingredients

4 Tbsp. Chia
1 Tbsp. Cacao powder
1 Tbsp. Hemp seeds
1/4 cup Almond milk
1/4 cup Pumpkin seed milk
1 to 2 Tbsp. Maca
Stevia (to taste)
Ice

Optional
Lucuma (to taste)
Bee Pollen (garnish)

Garnish
Chopped cacao paste or raw cacao bars
Fresh strawberries

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

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