HAPPY HOUR + BLUEBERRY MACA “MILK”

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Well hey there! I hope everyone is settling into the weekend with a calm and sunny outlook. We’re supposed to get some snow here, which kind of feels like a cruel April fool’s joke, but it’ll make for some nice and cozy nesting moments. I plan on doing some serious cleaning and clearing out in my house. Something about those first glimpses of spring that makes me want to open up some extra space for doing, dreaming, and being. Sometimes I look at a cluttered corner or an area that’s kind of “unfinished” in our space, and I catch myself frowning a little bit. Then I move on to the next thing, all dissatisfied and helpless feeling in a way. I think I’ve been doing that a lot more lately, so it’s time to face it all head on.

And I think I’ve got just the drink to keep me bright and energized through the clear-out. I love mixing maca into all kinds of drinks because of the calm energy and adaptogenic vibes. It also has a mild, malt-y, sweet potato, butterscotch-like flavour that compliments a bunch of foods. Anyway, onto the recipe and the links! :D

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I’m on Aftertastes this week talking about my upbringing with food, how I cook in an everyday sense, my upcoming book, the blog, and some plant-based kitchen essentials. Bonus: there’s a cute picture of Cleo at the end :)

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BLUEBERRY MACA MILK RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 1
Notes: I use frozen wild blueberries because they happen to always be in season ;) If you have fresh ones, go ahead and use them.

1/2 cup plant milk of choice
1/3 cup coconut water
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons coconut butter
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
tiny pinch sea salt

Combine the plant milk, coconut water, frozen blueberries, coconut butter, maca, vanilla, and sea salt in an upright blender. Blend the mixture on high until completely smooth. Drink immediately.

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  • I (re)discovered Karlie Kloss through Casey Neysat’s vlog and heard about her code camp there. Such an amazing concept!ReplyCancel

  • Elen02/04/2016 - 10:00 am

    Maca + Blueberries are such a match made in heaven! What a treat to read that interview by the way! You are a star, babe! Have a gorgeous weekend!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 12:55 pm

      Thanks Elenore! I hope you had a beautiful weekend :)
      xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well02/04/2016 - 7:34 pm

    Thank goodness for freezer fruit to get through the off-season, amen!? This is so dreamy sounding. Loving the maca. And these links were so stellar, your interview was great Laura! Every time I read one by you I always learn something new. Super fun :). Have a blasty blast cleaning and gutting. I love that we are moving right now cause my urge to throw all necessary things out gets to let loose and do so. YES.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 12:57 pm

      My freezer is all fruit (and the odd vegan frozen pizza haha). So necessary to get through the chill. I totally understand that urge to throw away stuff/minimize. Hope the packing is going well ;)
      xoReplyCancel

  • Molly02/04/2016 - 10:30 pm

    This sounds and looks incredible, I love maca and blueberry. I recently went through and cleared out years worth of baby clothes and toys – what a task! I actually really enjoy Spring cleaning, so good luck to you!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Molly! I have to admit, I kinda like Spring cleaning too :D
      -LReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun02/04/2016 - 11:21 pm

    laura, so nice to read your interview with aftertastes! i really love your connection to real food – it’s super strong and your enthusiasm for using whole foods has always been the real deal for me. may spring weather be right around the corner for you. xoReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 12:58 pm

      Thanks Danielle! I’m glad you liked reading the interview. We just got a bunch of snow overnight so I think Spring is gonna be a lil while longer… whether I’m doing the spring cleaning or not :P
      xoReplyCancel

  • thefolia03/04/2016 - 10:36 am

    Happy Nesting!ReplyCancel

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow03/04/2016 - 2:02 pm

    Hey! I feel the same about my house, literally everywhere I look is in need of serious help! I need about double the space, and a husband with less stuff, help! And one of those macca smoothies please xxReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 12:59 pm

      Speaking from experience: the maca smoothie totally helps! ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Tash07/04/2016 - 8:58 pm

    I just tried this and the coconut butter made it SO creamy and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • emafox08/04/2016 - 6:55 am

    I love maca! I buy it from the local bio store :) I will try to make similar elecsirReplyCancel

  • Lindsay11/04/2016 - 5:57 am

    The perfect energising spring recipe!! Will most definitely have to try this. I haven’t used maca in many things yet, so excited to test in out properly! Completely agree with you about Karlie, coding camp sounds like an awesome enterprise!ReplyCancel

  • Heather @HeatherChristo12/04/2016 - 3:36 am

    I’m dying to try this beautiful blueberry maca milk recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Marie12/04/2016 - 10:07 am

    Great recipe. It was indeed a happy hour when I served this to my children :)ReplyCancel

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  • Caitlin28/07/2016 - 10:06 pm

    I happened to have a little fresh squeezed lime juice leftover from another recipe so I threw it in this drink and it was sooooooo good with the coconut flavors!ReplyCancel

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