YASSSSS. Finally a chocolate "malt" with POWER and NO CRASH.
Don't be fooled by the red lentils [or beans] in this recipe... with the bananas, dates, and other enhancers, this recipe is too sweet to pass up.
Maca is a root vegetable [from the broccoli family] grown in Peru. One of the greatest parts of maca root is that is has some ability to regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems of both men and women for optimal function. Hellooooo potential increased sex drive! 😉
Taste is sweet and a *little* bitter. Such a great addition to smoothies [my fave] and muffins/cookies.
*NOTE: do not consume maca root while pregnant.
Matcha is a high-quality green tea powder. Its tea leaves are shielded from sunlight when grown for several weeks before harvest. Then the tea leaves are picked, dried out, and ground into a fine powder. Matcha delivers a mega dose of antioxidants with every bite. It is also rich in fiber, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium, and more!
Matcha provides a deep and rich taste, and is a great addition to smoothies and other dishes like cashew cream, pancakes, or muffins.
Be sure to get unsweetened matcha powder, as most of the commercial products in stores have added sugar. We've found the best deal to be the Healthworks organic brand on Amazon.
Raw Cacao Powder looks near identical to baking cocoa powder but is significantly less processed. This makes for the perfect substitute. Cacao powder contains many more nutrients in its raw form versus what we know as traditional “cocoa powder” which has been heated, super refined, and stripped of nutrients. Additionally, traditional baking cocoa powder sometimes has many additives as well and may even include refined sugar that can be hidden on the label.
With all of these things taken into consideration, raw cacao is our choice. We add it to smoothies, oatmeal, muffins, black bean brownies, banana bread cookies, and mix it with raw almond butter to spread on apples.
Most health food sections in the grocery store [Trader Joe's, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Sprouts, etc.] will carry raw cacao. Otherwise, it's available online.