Energise with this Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie! Gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly, a great healthy snack or breakfast. Thank you to Indigo Herbs for sponsoring this delicious smoothie recipe post!
I’m excited to announce I’m going to be working with Indigo Herbs this month! Indigo Herbs are a Glastonbury (UK) based whole foods brand that offer an incredible range of foods and supplements. From spirulina, to cashews, to herbal tinctures; they’ve got absolutely everything.
This month I am developing some recipes using Indigo Herbs’ Organic Maca Powder. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant native to Peru. It’s been cultivated as a vegetable crop for thousands of years, but like many ancient foods it’s having a bit of a popular resurgence. The root of the maca plant is the prized part. This makes up the maca powder or capsule you will see in stores. It has a slightly sweet, earthy-caramel flavour; not unpleasant at all. This flavour works particularly well in this Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie!
Maca has traditionally been used to boost energy, stamina and libido. In natural medicine, maca is often recommended to women to help balance hormones. It’s claimed to be an adaptogenic herb – boosting hormone levels when needed, and moderating when they’re too high. These traditional claims have not yet been substantiated by extensive scientific studies. But if you enjoy the taste of maca and find it energising and mood-lifting, by all means I think you can indulge. Nutritionally, maca powder is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and copper. It’s also reasonably high in fibre. (I quite like this article from Authority Nutrition on Maca if you’d like to read more).
Now, back to this Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie. Definitely energising! It’s also so easy to make and so mega delicious – a perfect level of sweetness. It makes a great quick breakfast when you’re on the go, or a lovely afternoon pick-me-up. You can use decaf coffee if you want to dial it down a touch. You’ll still get that incredible flavour combo of bitter, aromatic coffee with sweet caramel-y maca and banana.
Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie
Energise with this Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie! Gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly, a buzzy healthy breakfast or afternoon pick me up snack.
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 shot espresso
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 2 tsp almond butter
- 1 cup coconut milk (the carton variety, not canned) or other milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract - optional
- 1/2 cup ice cubes - optional
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs for topping - optional
Place all ingredients except for the cacao nibs (if you're using them) into your blender. Process until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass and serve immediately. Top with the cacao nibs.
*I make my smoothie using a Nespresso machine espresso shot. If you don't have an espresso machine you could make this with a small, strong amount of instant coffee; about 1/4 cup will do.
*You can swap the almond butter for another nut butter if you prefer, e.g. cashew butter or peanut butter.