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Strawberry Maca Smoothie (Gorilla Food’s Strawberry Bliss Up Shake)

In Drinks on April 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Strawberry Maca Smoothie (Gorilla Food's Strawberry Bliss Up Shake)

As I said, I should listen to myself more often. I am full of great wisdom.

Another piece of Janet tried-and-true advice: follow the recipe! I know I adapt many recipes to what I have on hand, but some recipes are best left untouched. Case in point: traditional hummus. I already have a recipe I love (LOVE!) and see no need to experiment. Winging it ends up with a subpar hummus.

For some reason, I also find juices and smoothies to be a bit finicky. Sure, I can wing random smoothies and juices, but sometimes the proportions are off, some flavours aren’t properly balanced and gosh, I know it can taste better.

Hence why I am sharing this recipe. It turned out great. When I winged this with raspberries, flax and protein powder, it was ok but not fabulous. Raspberries are more tart than strawberries and while I used flax seeds as my milk substitute, almonds and hemp seeds create a more lusciously, creamy drink. I still tinkered with the original recipe but not by much. Next time, I will add some protein powder, which can easily be hidden inside a smoothie.

Strawberry Maca Smoothie (Gorilla Food's Strawberry Bliss Up Shake)

I have eaten at Gorilla Foods a few times when visiting Vancouver and this shake is definitely one of my favourites. I found most of their dishes to be a bit lackluster although I thoroughly enjoyed their Main St. Monkey Sandwich: a raw squash-curry bread filled with olive tapenade, creamy mashed avocado, zucchini hummus, tomatoes, cucumber and sprouts. I thought there was raisin chutney, too, but I could be mistaken. In any case, it was a delicious sandwich to try if you are in their neighbourhood.

I often try to recreate resto meals. Inspired by Gorilla Foods, I’ve made a (non-raw) kabocha squash curried flatbread, but filled it with eggplant bacon as a BLT. Their raisin chutney has been on my hit-list, though. Although their guacamole recipe is in Thrive Foods, it wasn’t until they released their cookbook, that nearly their entire menu was available to be made at home.

We’re all out of raisins, though, so I started by making this smoothie. And as I already said, I wasn’t disappointed. Sweet creamy strawberries with a hint of malty maca and vanilla.

How do you usually make your smoothies? Wing it or measure it?

Other smoothies/drinks here and elsewhere:

Strawberry-Mango-Carrot Smoothie
Peachy Keen Vanilla Smoothie
Chocolate Maca Raspberry Smoothie
Cucumber-Beet-Ginger Juice
Raw Chocolate Milkshake at My New Roots (very, very good!)
Mojito Smoothie at My New Roots (different but good)

Strawberry Maca Smoothie (Gorilla Food's Strawberry Bliss Up Shake)

This is my submission to this week’s Raw Food Thursdays.

Strawberry Maca Smoothie (Gorilla Food‘s Strawberry Bliss Up Shake)
Adapted from Gorilla Food

1 banana, chopped and frozen
1 cup strawberries, frozen
2 tbsp almonds (I used soaked then dehydrated almonds) (use 1 tbsp almond butter if using a regular blender)
2 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp maca (I used 2 tsp)
1 cup water

1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water to taste, add a date if not sweet enough.

Serves 1-2, if you care to share.

  1. Beautiful and delicious. I would totally sneak some kale or spinach in there 😉

  2. Ideal for a daily boost when on my forthcoming 2000km bicycle ride.

  3. That cookbook looks amazing. That’s going on my “treat-myself” list:-) and please do recreate that raisin chutney soon please, sounds delicious. As does this smoothie. But I can’t do Maca. Everytime I consume even the smallest amount of the stuff I have an almost allergic reaction to it. But I guess the smoothie is nice and creamy even without it.

    • Sorry to hear about your maca allergy.. without it this would still be a good strawberry vanilla smoothie. 🙂 I am trying to not refill my pantry until I move, so it may be a while until I crack the raisin chutney. I will share it once I do, though. 🙂

  4. I have yet to use maca but the other ingredients here look like a smoothie combination I know and love 🙂 Like you, I often tinker with things that shouldn’t be messed with, but I figure smoothies are perfect for that because you can always make another the next day to redeem one that goes wrong! (Unlike a whole cake, or 6 serve dinner, for instance…)

    • Kari, it is true.. you really only muck up one serving if it doesn’t work. Sort of like my experimentation with my morning oats. Some combos work and others don’t… but it doesn’t really matter much in the morning… because I just won’t do it again (I hope!). 🙂

  5. I always feel like with a smoothie I can wing it, but it never really turns out to be the way to go. there is something to be said for flavor balance when it comes to a fruity mixture!

  6. I hate when I try adapting a recipe and then it doesn’t turn out quite good enough, and I don’t know whether it was my adaptations that made it worse, or if the original recipe would have turned out poorly as well….I find smoothies are pretty fail-proof, although some are definitely better than others! Thanks for the tip on hemp seeds adding creaminess – I haven’t tried them yet but if I get around to buying them, I will have to try them in a smoothie!

  7. You’ve just reminded me that I’ve been out of maca for way too long. Making this as soon as I pick some up. Thanks for sharing this at Raw Foods Thursdays! Pinning it on our board!

  8. I know that this post is fairly old, but WHERE did you get that glass straw?! It’s so pretty and unique! Tres jolie!

      • Oh, thankyouthankyou THANK YOU! I use straws approximately ZERO times throughout the year 🙂 but that straw is just too adorable to pass up so that will all have to change. How long have you had it? Has it held up well since your purchase, specifically the curly q design? Can you tell if the design is PART of the straw like it was fused or melted into it or if it LAYS on the straw, like it was glued on? I had done a search after posting my comment, and I couldn’t find them so I really appreciate your response. 🙂 Thanks again!

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