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Almond butter chia maca smoothy, Vegan + Gluten-free & a garden update!

on 24/08/2013
Almond butter maca chia smoothy!

Almond butter maca chia smoothy!

A few days ago, I made this tasty & easy to make almond butter chia maca smoothy! It gave me a tasty energizing drinkable breakfast! πŸ˜‰ I hade more than 800 ml of pure deliciousness,….MMM,..I assure you!

Superfood: Raw maca powder!

Superfood: Raw maca powder!

Recipe: For 2 persons or for 1 hungry person = 800 ml


500 ml of your favourite plant-based milk, I used soy milk, not so sweet

6 tablespoons pure salted roasted almond butter = 3/8 cup

1 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon maca powder = Raw Maca Power is a superfood.Β Maca is an herbaceous plant native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at such a high altitude. Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it 1/Β to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, 2/ and to help cope with stress. 3/ It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, 4/ and it can aid in reproductive function, 5/ helping to balance hormones and 6/ increase fertility. 7/ It is good for your libido. 8/ It also has a lot of vitamins in it, like vitamines B1, B2 & C.

So, start using it & add it to your daily smoothies or vegetable smoothies. I add 1 tablespoon per time. You don’t taste it in my smoothy,…. πŸ™‚

Raw maca powder!

Raw maca powder!


1. Place every ingredient in this order in your Vitamix or blender. Put the tamper in your fitted lid & blend on full power for at least 30 to 60 seconds, while pushing the Β ingredients into the running blades. Pour into a lovely tall smoothy glass orΒ glasses & enjoy instantly alone or with a loved one! πŸ™‚

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Now, for something completely different: a garden update! What has happened in my garden since you all visited me the last time?

My Swiss chard leaves, that I use instead of spinach!

My Swiss chard leaves, that I use instead of spinach!

I have 1 large cherry tomato plant in a large container & 2 smaller cherry tomato plants too. each one of them is doing really well this year!

Juicy cherry tomatoes!

Juicy cherry tomatoes!

I already ahve had 90 cherry tomatoes from my big plant!

I already have had + 100 cherry tomatoes from my big plant!

Yummy yummy!

Yummy yummy!

My lovely red hot chili plant!

My lovely red-hot chili plant! I grew it outdoors but kept it out of the rain!

I already have had 5 red chili peppers! πŸ™‚



Here are some red-hot chili pepper recipes from my blog! Just click onto the pictures, to go directly to the recipes!

Fabulous Asian inspired salmon-oat-burgers!

Fabulous Asian inspired salmon-oat-burgers!

Sophie's spiced up gluten-free chicken burgers!

Sophie’s spiced up gluten-free chicken burgers!

I hope you will enjoy the smoothy & maybe test out 2 of my red-hot chili pepper recipes,…See you all soon,… πŸ™‚



69 responses to “Almond butter chia maca smoothy, Vegan + Gluten-free & a garden update!

  1. ritavegas says:

    I really love your garden! This smoothie looks so easy to make and very delicious! If it really gives so much energy,I’ll start drinking it!!

  2. Your garden is beautiful! And I’m going to check out that chicken burger recipe! Looks delicious! πŸ™‚

  3. Tammy says:

    Oh Sophie, how your garden grows! Love the smoothie – maybe tomorrow. I have everything in my kitchen.

  4. That smoothie looks delicious Sophie!! Celeste πŸ™‚

  5. Amazing and healthy grades vegetables Sophie. You are always great at introducing new products on your blog. Loved reading about maca powder. Will look for it.

  6. scott2608 says:

    What a nice garden and they all look delicious! Wonderful shots too!

  7. Beautiful photographs of your tomatoes. A very nice post. πŸ™‚

  8. Katarina says:

    I wish I had a garden like yours. The smoothie sounds perfect! Hugs.

  9. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Sophie, I’ve just put maca powder on my shopping list, thanks to you! Have been meaning to give it a try for ages, and I love the idea of sneaking it into smoothies.

  10. Sophie, your potted garden is absolutely wonderful! I use rainbow chard instead of spinach as well! And your tomatoes look fabulous! xx

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, it is beause the rest of my garden is already fully grown into the soil but my fig tree isn’t doing well. The figs are not ripe yet! 😦

  11. Yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Ooh, I have never heard of maca powder before, but I will be on the lookout for it next time I’m shopping!

  13. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ll have to get myself some of that powder. I’ve heard it’s very good for you but I didn’t know specifically all the things it can do for you. Thanks for sharing! I love the look of your tomatoes xx

  14. Fantastic! I’ve had a big bag of maca powder in my pantry for ages, and I just never think to use it the first place, let alone consider what it would pair well with. A simply nutty smoothie sounds like the perfect base to balance this unique flavor!

  15. Liz says:

    double delight–one of your amazing smoothies (trying to use more chia and this looks like a good place for it πŸ™‚ ) AND a peek at your garden. Yay!

  16. Ina gawne says:

    Sophie – your garden veggies look fabulous! Is maca powder gluten free? It sounds like a great healthy addition to the already great and healthy food you eat.

  17. Thanks for sharing your garden update, it’s looking wonderful Sophie πŸ™‚

  18. Love Swiss chard! Your garden is doing really well, Sophie.
    I need to get some maca powder to try too. The smoothie sounds great!

  19. Thomas says:

    love your juice πŸ™‚ The maco powder is good too so do you have more energy !! πŸ™‚ I love the photos of your garden you have green fingers and the burger you make are so good and make me feel very hungry πŸ™‚ well done nice job πŸ™‚

  20. Nice smoothly, and how nice to see pictures of your garden! The tomatoes look great! We have had a late season, but now everything is starting to ripen, and there’s a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes!

  21. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Sophie,
    Great! I always learn something new reading your posts πŸ™‚ I didnΒ΄t know anything about Maca, actually I haven`t even heard that word before. Now I know πŸ™‚
    And I am impressed your plants are looking very, very healthy. I don`t know if having all the plants outside it`s harder to fight bugs, but especially towards the end of the growing season now my plants show eaten leaves (but actually I don`t mind that much).
    With a hug from the Norfolk coast

  22. cquek says:

    i want to spend my time in this beautiful garden

  23. ciao! thanks for the maca uodate: will be making the smoothie. your tomato plan is a treat.

  24. Yum! Plus, your garden is looking beautiful!

  25. Your garden looks beautiful! Thanks for the smoothie recipe πŸ˜€

  26. Beautiful garden, my friend! I saw some maca powder in the health food store yesterday. Can’t wait to try it in my smoothie πŸ™‚

  27. cnconrad says:

    Wow! What a superfood combo!

  28. Carolyn Jung says:

    Can’t say I have ever heard of maca. Might it be the next trendy ingredient to surpass chia seeds? πŸ˜‰

  29. Koko says:

    I am a big fan of maca powder! I really enjoy the flavour AND the benefits. Your garden looks great! We are getting a ton of cherry tomatoes right now, too! They are so flavourful…way better than the ones from the grocery store!!

  30. Wow, you’ve a very beautiful garden, and that’s a lot of cherry tomatoes! I love them roasted, but never on its own! The almond butter, chia & maca smoothie sounds divine!

  31. love, love your garden pics. And that chicken burger made me want to grab one right now!

  32. Bashar A. says:

    The burgers looks DELICIOUS πŸ™‚

  33. lefoodsnob says:

    I need to try some of that powder. Your garden looks amazing! I have ZERO peppers on my pepper plant so I have to say I’m very jealous!

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