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).
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).
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
- 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)
- Blend everything until smooth.
- Taste. Add more sweetener or coffee if you want.
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.
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.