Say hello to my friend, Lucuma. A superfruit from Peru, lucuma is traditionally known as the “Gold of the Incas” and has been a cherished part of Peruvian culture for centuries. It is a fruit that grows on a tree and looks almost like a plump, roundish version of a mango – green on the outside and champagne yellow on the inside. It’s really rare to find lucuma in its’ full fruit form anywhere other than South America and is most commonly found powdered, which is great for smoothie making & baking purposes. Lucuma’s golden colored powder adds a sweetness and almost caramel or maple flavor to recipes and is low glycemic. Perfect for anybody looking to cut back on sugar consumption! Not to mention, this beauty of fruit is loaded with minerals, beta-carotene, and fiber.
And what to say about macadamia nuts? Oh, you know – just that they’re a lovely and flavorful way to consume your healthy monounsaturated fats along with being high in protein with all of your essential (and even a few non-essential) amino acids. So all in all, macadamia nuts are great for keeping your cholesterol in check, lowering your risk of heart disease, and contribute to a properly functioning immune system.
. . .What’s so bad about milkshakes after all??
Masala Chai Macadamia Nut Supershake
- 4 chai cubes *
- 1 banana
- ¼ C. raw macadamia nuts
- 1-teaspoon vanilla bean powder, or extract
- 1-tablespoon lucuma
- 1/8th -teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8th -teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8th -teaspoon cardamom
- .5 C. preferred milk of choice
*Your favorite chai tea brewed, chilled, and frozen into ice cubes.
Place in blender and blend until completely smooth. What a sexy shake! I topped this baby off with stevia-sweetened coconut cream with just a touch of added vanilla, and I highly recommend adding this sweet indulgence for your super milkshake pleasure!