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.
Maca is a plant grown in Peru relative to the radish with a taste similar to nuts or butterscotch. Its high in protein and minerals like calcium and potassium as well as trace minerals like iron, iodine and magnesium. When eating maca many feel a boost of energy.
- 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.
Maca has been coming into my radar for a while but I never acted…You’ve talked me into trying it–in this shake first!
I wish Cali’s had more convenient hours. (Ahem Ian.)
Letty, I think you will love Maca! I’m seeing it more and more now. I think I even saw a small (1 serving) package in the checkout line at Sprouts. Though I would definitely suggest Cali’s for buying it in bulk 🙂 Let me know if you find some other fun uses for it! So far I’ve only made these shakes.
I love maca! And totally agree about the butterscotch note. I always just add a little to smoothies, so I’m so happy to see it be the star of the show in this recipe!
I need more uses for it! I’ll have to start putting it in every smoothie now.
Thanks for the recipe. This looks delicious. I am lactose intolerant so I settle for soy milk and it taste great.
Anna, it’s great with almond milk too! Hope you enjoy
Great, a maca recipe! 😀 I am using maca for two months now and I love it! It’s still very unknown in germany. I’ve made a similar smoothie, I added a teaspoon peanut butter…yummi.
Thanks for sharing!