Mocha Maca Swirled Pudding

MACA & MOCHA ARE GREAT LOVERS

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I forgot about my maca stash hidden in the back of the pantry. I remember when I first bought that oversized container at Whole Foods inspired by the super special, high priced maca root Eric was getting shipped directly to the house from some exclusive maca root supplier. Comparing the two, his maca product (I can’t remember the name now) was definitely more pungent. The butterscotch had a richer note and lasted longer in my mouth.  So I abandoned my product for his, helping myself with no reserve, forgetting completely about my own container. 

When he started catching on to how fast his stash was disappearing without his participation, he stopped buying it.  And together we stopped putting it into our smoothies and desserts. And that big, clunky, just-regular-ole’ maca slipped far to the back of my cabinet for a couple of months, without a peep.

Well, I just stumbled on it again the other day. The good a simple cabinet cleaning spree can do for your breakfast smoothies, is amazing…I always say. Without that overseas product to judge it against, it will do just fine today.  

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Calling all my Decafers: I know I call this a mocha maca swirl, but honestly there’s so much energy you get from the maca half of this smoothie, if you’re trying to cut back on the caffeine, you can leave it out completely, and it will still be a killer recipe. 

Why Maca?: For those who are unfamiliar with maca root, it’s an awesome herb, also known as Peruvian ginseng, and it’s a SUPERFOOD! The list of benefits is lengthy; for instance, it’s known for helping with mood and hormone balance in women, increasing bone density, giving a boost of energy, increasing sexual stamina and fertility, and ____ , and _____, and _____– the list goes on and on. Everytime, I make it a point to slip it into my food, I feel stronger, mentally and emotionally. And I don’t think it’s all in my mind. 

 

Here’s how I made it: 

Mocha Maca Swirled Pudding
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Why not use some of your leftover morning coffee and whiz it into a smoothie with lots of chocolate and maca? What part of that isn't loveable? We took this recipe a step further by adding soaked chia seeds and whipped, sweetened coconut cream. This is a tasty way to use up leftover ingredients too!
Servings
2 smoothies
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
2 smoothies
Cook Time
5 minutes
Mocha Maca Swirled Pudding
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Yum
Print Recipe
Why not use some of your leftover morning coffee and whiz it into a smoothie with lots of chocolate and maca? What part of that isn't loveable? We took this recipe a step further by adding soaked chia seeds and whipped, sweetened coconut cream. This is a tasty way to use up leftover ingredients too!
Servings
2 smoothies
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
2 smoothies
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: smoothies
Instructions
  1. Stir together the chia seeds and milk and refrigerate in a lidded container overnight to allow to chia seeds to plump up. In a separate bowl, cover the pitted dates with water and soak overnight in the fridge as well.
  2. In a large bowl add the coconut cream and beat with an electric mixture until stiff peaks form. Slowly drizzle in the brown rice syrup continuing to beat until combined. Set aside.
  3. In your blender, add the soaked dates (drained), brewed coffee, milk, frozen bananas, cacao powder, maca, and the scoop of protein powder, if using. Blend on high until the mixture is thick and smooth, like a pudding.
  4. Layer the overnight chia pudding at the bottom of 2 large glasses. Add the whipped coconut cream on top, swirling to create the design. Top with the blended maca smoothie, and serve immediately!
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2 thoughts on “Mocha Maca Swirled Pudding

  1. I’ve never used maca, but I must admit you have inspired me to get my hands on some. This smoothie dessert (actually, I reckon I could polish it off for breakfast..) looks absolutely dreamy – and so healthy too! Love the creaminess of your pouring shot – so gorgeous <3

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