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      Dairy Free Caramel Banana Smoothie

      • July 11, 2018
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      Our Dairy Free Caramel Banana Smoothie tastes like a decadent milkshake! Perfect for these hot summer days.  Megs has been testing new smoothie recipes to see how we can use even less sugar.  We both realized there are simple ways to cut down on our sugar. One way is to read the sugar content on product labels. Choosing unsweetened vanilla hemp, almond or Macadamia milks  have zero sugar. Using only half of the banana along with surprisingly beneficial ingredients,  such as Lions Mane and maca root, both added amazing flavor. We are loving her new tasty creations and found them so satisfying. This Caramel Banana Smoothie is a healthier “milkshake” alternative perfect as a refreshing summer breakfast or afternoon snack!

      The rich caramel nutty flavor comes from the coconut nectar and maca powder paired with the sweet banana. DF Caramel Banana smoothie is an indulgent treat that’s packed with incredible benefits!  Bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals~ especially potassium, magnesium and folate. Maca powder is rich in antioxidants, great for increasing energy, mood, memory, libido and hormone balancing! Wahoo! Maca root is actually part of the powerful healing cruciferous family.  Lions mane, a mushroom, is anti-inflammatory and great for boosting brain function, heart and gut health. Recent research shows lions mane as having a positive effect stimulating brain cell growth. Check out these additional articles that share great information regarding the benefits from eating lion’s mane mushrooms and maca root .

      What to do with over ripe bananas? Freeze them! But do peel them first. They are perfect for using in this Caramel Banana Smoothie. We love freezing halved bananas for easy to make “nice-cream”, smoothies or milkshakes. Another treat is to make these smoothies into popsicles~ simply leave out the flax, chia and protein powder. For other delicious summertime smoothie recipes, try our Peach Basil Smoothie, Creamy Mint or  Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie.

      Watch our latest recipe video below and scroll down for the full smoothie recipe.

      Caramel Banana Smoothie

      8-10 oz. coconut water  (or alternative milk of choice)
      ½ frozen peeled banana
      1 tablespoon flax seeds, freshly ground
      1 tablespoon chia seeds
      1 tablespoon cashew butter
      1 tablespoon coconut cream
      1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
      1 date or 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1 serving Lions Mane (by Four Sigmatic)
      ½ teaspoon Maca powder
      Pinch of Celtic sea salt
      Handful of ice

      Method to Make Smoothie:

      – Put all ingredients into a blender. Mix on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute to make your smoothie nice and creamy!
      – Top with extra banana slices or coconut nectar for an extra caramel taste.
      – Enjoy immediately!