Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

It’s been a while since I posted a smoothie recipe so here is a short and sweet one that is guaranteed to wake you up in the morning and keep you going. This is an especially great one for people who do not love coffee or who will only drink coffee with tons and cream and sugar (guilty).

 

Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie

 

At my office, everyone seems to be a hardcore coffee lover, a small parade was held when they bought us a real espresso maker and most people take their coffee black with no sweetener either. Meanwhile I drink it either the crappy vanilla creamer stuff (at least two) or tons of almond milk plus maple syrup. Because honey doesn’t melt in it. And maple syrup is delicious.
 
In this smoothie however, the coffee is minimal! And its aided by the instant energy comes from the honey/agave and the more long term pep comes from the banana, maca powder and coconut oil. Maca powder is made from a root that is native to the Andes in Peru and it supposed to have both energy-boosting and hormone regulating properties. People also claim it can make you uhhh…a little more rowdy but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim (unless you are a rat in which case go get ‘em). Although two people I know who started taking maca swear this was a side effect. Personally I did not really see this as a side effect but I do think its energy boosting claims might be more substantiated both scientifically (it contains energy-boosting branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), taurine and zinc 1) and empirically (my morning doing actual work to mindlessly internet-browsing ratio greatly decreases when I add it to my breakfast smoothie).

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Three important things to note: Start off with a very small amount of the stuff (1/4 tsp) as it can cause some gastrointestinal discomfort in people who are not used to it. I have a particularly not sensitive stomach so this was never really an issue for me. If you are buying it remember maca powder is really maca flour, and is a very inexpensive Peruvian diet staple. So don’t pay a ridiculous amount of money for a tiny little bag of the stuff. And as I am sure you know the supplement industry can be super shady so buy from well-reviewed suppliers! The link in the ingredients list is a) an affiliate link and b) the maca I buy and I quite like it.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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RECIPE:
 
RISE AND SHINE MACA SMOOTHIE
Serves 1
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 – 2 tsp of maca powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cold-brew coffee or 1 tsp of instant coffee powder (ya whatever I use that stuff)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend everything until smooth.
  2. Taste. Add more sweetener or coffee if you want.
  3. Drink!

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Fun fact I bought this huge bag of grapefruits thinking how cute it would be to have my little banana smoothies and a bruleed grapefruit with coconut sugar for breakfast. And then I tasted the grapefruit and was like no, nope, still hate them. I remember once in college we had people drinking at our house and we ran out of chaser so the only two options were soy milk or my roommate’s beloved grapefruit juice. After one round of using the grapefruit juice everyone decided maybe the soy milk was better. One individual immediately chased his grapefruit chaser with another shot of vodka because he said the grapefruit was just that bad.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Now knowing what to do with this bag of bitterness I then proceeded to comb through the internet trying to find out what to do with the bag of huge beautifully coral-colored awful-tasting fruits. The answer was Palomas or Greyhounds. Basically anything with alcohol. I think the strong bite of the alcohol competes with the bitterness of grapefruit and somehow instead of making each other even worse they kind of cancel each other out and its actually quite lovely.

 

In short, banana coffee maca smoothies YES, grapefruits by themselves maybe NOT, grapefruits in cocktails okay YES again.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

Ok I know I was resistant at first, posting recipes about Thai Pineapples with Coconut Condensed Milk, thumbing my nose at pumpkin spice and turning my back on maple-cinnamon things. Well now that the temperatures have finally cooled down – it’s true I even wore my beanie this weekend – I have finally come around to fall. In fact I have tons of autumn appropriate recipes – with lots of squash, cinnamon, apples, and maybe even pumpkin. This first one is probably one of the best things to have on a cold, autumn morning: baked oatmeal.

 

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

 

It’s a thing. I was inspired/intrigued by Allison’s Cranberry Crunch Baked Oatmeal and decided to try something similar at home. So if you don’t feel like having your oatmeal in liquid form, stick it in the oven and have baked oatmeal for breakfast. It sounds better when you say it like that as opposed to saying you had a giant muffin the size of your face for breakfast. Because this is essentially what it is. But ya know. Healthy.

 

RoastedPearGrapeBakedOatmeal

Coconut Sugar Caramel Drizzle

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Not that there’s anything wrong with eating a muffin the size of your face for breakfast (Hi Costco muffins I luv u). But with no flour and just almond meal, oats, almond milk, and a pinch of nutmeg this is a cozy and filling breakfast that is full of good stuff for you. Top with some roasted pears, sticky sweet grapes plus┬ácoconut caramel and its quite the treat. Note you don’t have to stick the entire pear inside the oatmeal like I did. That was just for visual effect and actually entirely inconvenient to eat.

 

Also the oatmeal ‘batter’ can be mixed the night before and then it can just chill in your fridge. So you can wake up, preheat your oven to 350 and then throw in the oatmeal mix with some pears and grapes and in 15 minutes you’ll have a hot breakfast!

 

RECIPE:

ALMOND BAKED OATMEAL WITH ROASTED PEAR AND GRAPES
Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS:

Baked Oatmeal:

  • 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • 1 cup of almond milk or other milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey/agave/brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of grapes
  • 1 pear, core removed and sliced in quarters

Coconut Caramel Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except for liquids and fruits in an oven-safe bowl.
  3. Slowly add the milk until you have the consistency of a loose batter. You might need less than the whole cup.
  4. Add in the rest of the liquid ingredients (honey/agave, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extracts), taste for sweetness and add more if necessary. *Note steps up until this point can be done the night before and the bowl can be covered and placed in the fridge overnight. If you find that overnight the batter becomes too thick, add in more milk.
  5. Once ready to bake and the oven is preheated, line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper and place the grapes and pear on it. Also place the bowl on the same baking pan.
  6. Stick everything in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the batter is puffed up!
  7. Top baked oatmeal with roasted pears and grapes.
  8. While its cooling to not-magma temperatures, in a small cup mix the sugar for the caramel sauce and the coconut milk.
  9. Microwave the cup in 30 second increments until it is bubbling, pour on top of baked oatmeal and eat!

 

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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The pinch of nutmeg and the almond extract really make all the difference here. Then again I adore almond extract and think it improves everything from shortbread cookies to ice cream and even cocktails. I think at the age of 18 when my ‘signature’ drink of Diet Coke + Malibu ran its course (thank you spring break in Cancun) I moved on to Diet Coke + Amaretto. Such a classy 19 year old I was.

 

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Although I do remember watching an episode of Man vs. Wild where Bear Grylls was eating a millipede and telling viewers to not eat any plants that smell of almond because that is what cyanide smells like and you will die. So that is one case where an almond-y smell would not improve things. So yes. Almond-y cookies, cake, regular oatmeal, baked oatmeal, ice cream, and drinks YES. Almond-y plants no. Stick with the millipede.

 

Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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Almond Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pear and Grapes

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