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How to Make A Chocolate Maca Shake

Posted on March 08 2014 | (0) Comments
Category:Raw Snacks and Desserts, Raw Juices and Smoothies

Do you love chocolate milkshakes, but worry about the effect that the processed sugar and other unhealthy ingredients have on your body? Worry no more!  I’ve got a guilt-free alternative from my raw food kitchen that’s sure to satisfy you.

Discover how dairy-free milk substitutes, a common fruit, and a “secret ingredient” from the Andes can be combined to create a frozen drink that’s just as nutritious as it is crave-able.

Raw Food Shakes for Meals and Snacks

When I begin creating the revised and expanded edition of my book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, I wanted to include nutritious raw shakes that people could enjoy instead of milkshakes.

It didn’t take me long to realize that a quick and easy Chocolate Shake was a must-have...and that maca would be my secret ingredient.

  • 2 frozen bananas, thawed for 5 minutes and broken into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 1 cup Hemp Milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder

Maca – A Raw Food Flavor Booster

Maca is a root found in the Andes Mountains, part of the family of plants (cuciferous) that include radishes and broccoli.  Revered by the ancient Inca civilization, maca is considered a “superfoods” because it is rich in phyto-nutrients.  Many people report a subtle boost in their energy within minutes to hours from adding just one teaspoon into a smoothie.

Like the rest of the roots in the cruciferous family, maca is exceptionally low in calories – one teaspoon of maca powder has only 10 calories.  Yet, despite its family ties, maca has a delightfully nutty flavor similar to malt or butterscotch.  This makes it a perfect addition to smoothies. 

Banana – Cream of the Raw Food Crop

Maca may be this recipe’s “secret ingredient” when it comes to flavor, but bananas are the real star of the show, with a secret all their own.  As you’ll see in the demonstration, when you freeze them, then thaw them slightly, and put them in the blender, they create all the frosty creaminess the recipe needs, making dairy products unnecessary. 

Don’t miss the section of the demonstration where I talk about the best way to freeze bananas.  With the tips I have to offer, you’ll be able to keep the sweet fruit for up to a month in your freezer and be ready for you whenever you’re ready for a shake.

3 Steps to a Raw Chocolate Shake

The video includes a discussion of different options for adding chocolate-y goodness, and an explanation of the difference between cocoa and cacao.  You’ll also learn about hemp, the raw food “cow” that produces a wonderful dairy-free milk.

Then it’s time to make the shake.  It couldn’t be simpler.  Your blender does all the work. 

  • Place ingredients in blender
  • Whirl and swirl until smooth and creamy
  • Pour

This shake weighs in at 279 calories with 14 grams of protein, 33 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of fat.  Compare that to the nutritional value of a smoothie from a popular mall chain that has 260 calories, but just 2 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber.  Most of the calories are found in the 52 (!) grams of carbohydrates.

A raw Chocolate Maca Shake makes a wonderful breakfast, but you can enjoy it any time you want a rich, satisfying treat that’s packed with nutrition.

What’s YOUR favorite energy snack?  Post your comments below.

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