Baobab powder may be new to many of you. I’ve only recently begun using it in smoothies and on porridge and I really like it.
It has a mild, citrus almost sherbet taste and contains protein as well as calcium, iron, thiamin, vitamin C, fibre and potassium.
I use Aduna* brand as I like their ethos: they use vegan, organic ingredients and support small producers in Africa, many of them women (here’s a link to a good article in The Guardian about their business and the impact of growing baobab on local African economies).
I also use their moringa leaf powder which is a green herbal-tasting superfood, a bit like spinach, also with a high protein content, vitamins and minerals.
(My first order came with a personal handwritten thank you note and a couple of recipe cards, which was a nice touch).
(Coincidentally, after I had written and scheduled this post, I won a box of Aduna Moringa and Baobab bars! I have to say, the family love them. The 22 month old who won’t eat anything vaguely resembling a vegetable but loves all kinds of fruit gobbled up a Baobab bar. It has pineapple in and is very flavoursome with a strong citrus taste. I love the Moringa bars with their mango and slightly herbal flavour. They are both highly satisfying. My husband takes a Baobab bar with him on cycle rides).
Ps Since this post was published I ordered some Aduna Cacao bars – they are lush! They have walnuts, cacao nibs and hibiscus in them and it’s a lovely fruity combination with a bit of a bite from the nuts ‘n’ nibs.
The bars are organic, vegan and gluten-free.
Fruity Protein Smoothie
This smoothie recipe is also vegan, gluten-free and organic.
If you have time, soak the oats and cashews for 15-20 minutes in the coconut water in the blender. This makes them more digestible.
The grapes and plum contain the anti-ageing reseveratrol, banana is a good source of potassium and energy, the oats and cashews have calming magnesium and the hemp seeds are a good source of protein and healthy omega oils.
Half a Banana
Handful Red Grapes (washed well, they are among the most sprayed crops in the world)
2 Heaped Tbsps Oats
Handful of Cashew pieces
1 Tbsp Baobab Powder*
2 Heaped Tbsps Hemp Seeds
Coconut Water – I used quite a lot this time as I wanted a thin smoothie.
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend well.
Copyright: Chris McGowan