Full disclosure: this smoothie doesn’t actually contain any caramel. HOWEVER, thanks to the magical power of maca, a deliciously caramel-y superfood, this smoothie will be a treat for your tastebuds.
If you’ve never had maca before, imagine a ground-up powder that tastes a little maple-y, a little earthy, a little nutty, and a little butterscotch-y. It can have a slightly bitter aftertaste when eaten straight, but that’s where the maple syrup in this recipe comes to the rescue. Paired with all-natural applesauce, the maca makes this smoothie a dead ringer for a caramel apple. Plus, there’s the added bonus of maca being a adaptogenic superfood. And while there aren’t many peer-reviewed, scientific studies regarding the benefits of maca, it has been used for centuries as an anti-depressant, libido booster, and hormone balancer. (For more information, I highly recommend this article by Sarah B. of My New Roots.)
In summary – this smoothie tastes like a caramel apple, but it’s made with superfoods and whole food ingredients, and provides mood-boosting health benefits. And did I mention that it takes just minutes to throw together in a blender?! It’s the whole package!
Just a quick note about the applesauce – I love to make my own raw vegan applesauce loosely based on this recipe. However, you can absolutely use store-bought for this smoothie! Just take care to make sure you buy a natural brand (preferably organic) without a lot of added sugar or preservatives.
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1½ Cups Natural Applesauce
- ½ Cup Frozen Kale
- ½ Cup Almond Milk
- 1 Tbs Maca Powder
- 1 Tbs Maple Syrup (or more to taste)
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend on high until everything is smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust if necessary - i.e., add more maple syrup.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Links of the Day:
1 // Instant Calm Latte by The First Mess (+ some adorable puppy pictures). I love everything about this.
2 // Vegan Chocolate Walnut Cookies by Butter and Brioche. Thalia’s blog is just gorgeous – her photos (to me) evoke a sense of home and comfort and beauty.
3 // Three Everyday Oatmeals by Wholehearted Eats… Sophie uses a maca-based caramel too, great minds think alike! 🙂
4 // This Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chai-Spiced Icing by The Almond Eater is just stunning.
5 // Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bounty Slice by Blissful Basil. That vegan caramel looks AMAZING!