Haven’t heard of Maca yet??! Well I hadn’t either until I visited a healthy food cafe a few years back. They were boasting about their healthy milkshakes and I was easily persuaded. When I asked the gal at the register what maca was she described it as being nutty in flavor, almost tasting like butterscotch. Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable that is now commonly found at health food stores in a powder form. You can use it in things like shakes or smoothies to make a creamy drink that also has the benefit of reducing anxiety, boosting energy levels and balancing hormones.
While many of you were getting into ‘summer shape’ the last few months I was doing the opposite, eating really really well at culinary school then returning home to either practice what I was learning or grab takeout. Now, I’m catching up by gobbling up refreshing summer salads and smoothies. This Maca Shake is the perfect indulgence for light summer eating. The butterscotch flavored shake fools my brain into thinking I’m having something rich while I’m really beefing up on healthy ingredients like bananas, almond milk and maca.
- 2 cups frozen bananas chopped
- 1 cup alternative milk, soy, hemp, or almond
- 2 tablespoons Maca powder
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
Note from the Chef at Vertical Diner - This shake is wonderful with the addition of soaked goji berries and/or raw cocoa.