janet @ the taste space

Chocolate Maca Raspberry Smoothie

In Breakfasts, Desserts, Drinks on May 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM

I have been a recent convert to breakfast smoothies.

I never quite understood why I would want to drink my breakfast. However, chilled smoothies filled with fruit and seasonings have been perfect before and after my bicycle rides.

I am currently testing recipes for Tess Challis‘ upcoming superfoods cookbook and have been loving her smoothies! Her “Maca My Day” smoothie is what got me hooked, and it is wonderful with frozen bananas and the malty goodness from maca. She has a few delicious smoothies planned for the cookbook, and I took some liberty to create my own variation.

Perfect for breakfast, a delicious treat for dessert, enjoy this smoothie guilt-free as it is packed with frozen banana, raspberries, chia seeds, toasted carob and vanilla.

Chocolate and raspberry pair well together. Except I didn’t use chocolate. I used toasted carob powder, which has a flavour similar to chocolate without the caffeine.  Carob is a bit sweeter than cocoa, and definitely sweeter than raw cacao, so I didn’t feel like this smoothie needed any additional sweetener, but add to taste.  Maca is also wonderful in it, but completely optional.

This is my submission to both Ricki and Kim’s vegan SOS challenge featuring carob and to this month’s Breakfast Club featuring fairtrade ingredients.

Chocolate Maca Raspberry Smoothie

1/2 very ripe banana, frozen in small slices
1/2 cup raspberries, frozen
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp toasted carob powder (or 1.5 tbsp cocoa)
1 tsp maca (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
agave nectar or maple syrup, to taste (I did not use any)
1/2 cup soymilk or other nondairy milk

1. Blend all ingredients except soymilk together in a food processor or blender.

2. Drizzle in the soymilk to obtain your desired consistency and blend further

Serves 1.

  1. Oh, nom nom nom! I also used to feel that way about smoothies. . . as a pancake type of gal, I always prefer to eat my breakfast. But on those days when scheduling or laziness intervene. . . smoothies are great! And a great way to get those superfoods in. 🙂 Thanks so much for another stellar submission to the challenge!! 😀

  2. PS Are you on twitter? (I tweet your entries to the SOS and would like to include your twitter name if you are). 🙂

  3. I could see me drinking my breakfast with smoothies like this! Yum!

  4. wow, looks so gooey and mouth watering 🙂

  5. This sounds so good, I have maca waiting to be used anyway!

  6. This looks more like a milkshake than a smoothie. I’ll wager it is delicious. This is my first visit to your site and I’ve taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. I’ve always been kind of weirded out by the smoothie thing too. Maybe not weirded out, but wary that they wouldn’t fill me up. This sounds absolutely delicious though and probably would be perfect before a long run so you don’t feel like you have a knot of food in your stomach!

  8. I have never seen or tasted carob. I must see where I can find it and start using it. Maca too. Your smoothie looks so good it makes me want to make one too (obviously without carob, maca and.. raspberries, since only strawberries are now in season in Switzerland).

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  10. I would love to have your smoothie for breakfast any day. You have some great recipes here – this is my kind of food. 🙂 I host a weekly link-up event at my blog called Slightly Indulgent Tuesday – I’d love for your to join in. Your spin on food would be a great addition to the other recipes there.


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  12. Yumm I love having a smoothie for breakfast. I’ve never tried carob or cocoa in one though. I’m not a fan of sweet/chocolatey breakfasts usually.

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