Growing up as a kid
I would start my primary school days
Stumble out of slumber in a stupor
For breakfast of Milo dunked Gardenia bread.
The original milo powder contains less desirable ingredients such as vegetable oils and milk solids. Fortunately, I’ve developed a Peruvian superfood spice blend that harks back to childhood days of creamy, malty and milky milos. Macaramel Superfood Blend comprises of adaptogenic herbs, natural plant-based sweeteners and carminative herbs – maca, mesquite, lucuma, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla bean – that gives you the same energising effects to start your day in a more healthful manner.
Adaptogens: Maca Root (Peruvian Ginseng)
Maca is a turnip-like plant native to the Peruvian Andes. The root has adaptogenic properties – it fight fatigue, provides long-lasting energy, balances the body’s endocrine systems and increases fertility without being a stimulant. Maca is rich in minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium), polysaccharides, fatty acids and is a complete protein. Maca comes in three main colours – yellow (the most common), red and black. Red maca is reported to have the highest amount of amino acids and is most helpful in fighting fatigue and boosting stamina. Maca can be processed raw or gelatinised. Some believe raw maca is hard to digest (as would eating other raw cruciferous roots) and the active components are less bioavailable to the body. Gelatinised maca is heated under pressure to remove all starch content. This is believed to make maca more digestible and the active components more bioavailable and potent.
Maca has a smokey bitter butterscotch flavour. I find it is best paired with sweeter spices to offset its bitter taste.
Natural Plant Sweeteners: Mesquite & Lucuma
Mesquite powder is the ground-up fruit pods of the mesquite bush. It is predominately nutty with a top note of sweet butterscotch and caramel, and is a natural match with cacao and coconut.
Lucuma powder is the ground up lucuma fruit, its flavour being creamy citrus with a hint of malty maple and sweet potato. In raw food recipes, lucuma powder can be taken as the replacement for milk powder in making raw milk chocolates as well.
Being both processed from fruits, mesquite and lucuma can serve as low glycemic natural sweeteners. Mesquite and lucuma are nutritionally rich in minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc) and dietary fibre. Mesquite contains the essential amino acid lysine, while lucuma is particular enriched in vitamin A (beta carotene) and niacin (vitamin B3), which supports nervous system, gastrointestinal and circulatory function.
Carminative Herbs: Cinnamon & Cardamom
Carminative herbs and spices are those that relieve flatulence, promote digestion and increases appetite. They are usually the most aromatic spices in your pantry. In Ayurvedic parlance, carminative spices expel excess vata (air+ether) from our body. In encouraging vata flow, these spices prevent stagnation in the gut, in-turn, kindling our digestive fire (agni) so food can be digested. Carminative herbs can be warming or cooling in property. Warming carminatives such as cinnamon and cardamom are great to fire up your digestive system for the day.
The final touch of vanilla bean powder adds a hint of depth to round off the malty butterscotch flavour of Macaramel Superfood Blend.
One of my favorite ways to use Macaramel Superfood Blend is in a Mylo Macaramel smoothie or smoothie bowl, with raw cacao powder. If you try it, tag me on instagram (@sabnspice) so I can see your creations!
- 8 tsp red gelatanised maca powder (or regular maca powder)
- 4 tsp lucuma powder
- 4 tsp mesquite powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 270 g (1 cup + 2 tbsp) macadamia mylk (or dairy-free mylk of your choice)
- 160 g (2 small) frozen bananas
- 10 g (1 1/2 tbsp) raw cacao powder
- 10 g (1 tbsp) coconut sugar or 1-2 Medjool dates, pitted
- 10 g (2 tsp) coconut butter
- 1 1/2 tsp Macaramel Superfood Blend (see recipe above)
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- Pinch of sea salt
- In a bowl, combine the powders and stir to a uniform consistency. Transfer to a spice container and store refrigerated for up to 3 months. This recipes makes about 6 tablespoons (12 servings) of powder.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Do not overblend or it will warm up. Serve as a drink in a glass or as an indulgent smoothie bowl with toppings - sliced fruit, grawnola and chocolate fudge sauce.
- Gelatinsed maca - Sunfood or Navitas Naturals
- Lucuma - Sunfood or Navitas Naturals
- Mesquite - Sunfood or Navitas Naturals
- Raw cacao powder - Sunfood, Sun Potion or Big Tree Farms
- Raw Cacao nibs - Big Tree Farms
- Coconut butter - Artisana