I don’t know about you, but the first time I heard the word lucuma I kind of thought that it sounded like the name of some weird alien planet. But, good news, it’s actually an awesome healthy plant (from this planet) waiting to take you on a delicious flavour adventure. And I think our first stop should be over at Lucuma Peanut Butter Smoothie Ville! Wanna join me?
Let’s talk about why Lucuma deserves a permanent spot in your kitchen. Trust me – your sweet tooth is gonna love this!
What the Heck is Lucuma
While it’s quite possible that you’ve never heard of this one, our friends over in Peru are pretty flipping familiar, nay, in love with lucuma. So in love in fact that lucuma is their most popular ice cream flavour (take that chocolate and vanilla!)
What makes it so delicious?
Sometimes called the ‘Gold of the Gods’, lucuma is basically nature’s attempt at healthy, natural caramel. And oh boy did she ever do a good job! This awesome plant adds a delicious, soft, sweet flavour to any dish.
And, good news, it has some healthy goodness to offer too!
You didn’t think I just wanted to take you on a delicious lucuma peanut butter smoothie adventure, right? I mean, I totally do. But there’s some nutritious awesomeness to be had here as well! Lucuma brings a fair amount of beta carotene and vitamin B3 to the mix and adds some iron, calcium, vitamin C and fiber to the table as well.
Vitamin B3 is important for energy production, helping to convert proteins, fats and carbs into energy (pretty cool, right?) It’s antioxidant properties protect your body from excessive tissue damage (source). Vitamin B3 even plays an important role in hundreds of enzymatic processes and even helps your cells replicate your DNA (source). So cool, right?!
Beta carotene is a beautiful antioxidant that aids in protecting your body from free radical damage. Plus it has some wonderful anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties and can even aid in defending your skin against sun damage (source). We can certainly never get enough of that.
If beta carotene wasn’t already looking cool enough, it’s also involved in cell to cell communication. Think about it like the the vitamin version of that string-can telephone setup you had as a kid! And hey, beta carotene can also be converted into vitamin A under the right circumstances, helping to prevent a deficiency (source). Booyah!
One of my favourite parts? Raw lucuma powder may be sweet as a button but it’s low glycemic baby! Keeping those sassy blood sugar levels in check. Total win! While you can’t typically track down fresh Lucuma in Canada, I love to use Prana’s Raw Lucuma Powder. As long as you’re getting 100% raw lucuma goodness (even in powdered form) you’re on the right track!
Ready to give lucuma a try?
I highly recommend that you get your hands on some lucuma powder stat. And I definitely encourage that you make this lucuma peanut butter smoothie soon thereafter. Let’s dive in!
Lucuma Peanut Butter Smoothie
Lucuma Peanut Butter Smoothie
A delicious gluten free, vegan smoothie that tastes sinful but totally isn't. Works for breakfast or dessert.
- 1/2 Cup Lucuma Powder Like Prana Raw Lucuma Powder
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Organic Peanut Butter
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract Like Organic Traditions
- 2 Cups Coconut Milk Or Non-Dairy Milk of Choice
- 1/4 Cup Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Combine all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Optional - Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (See post for a link to the recipe)
That’s one delicious looking Lucuma Peanut Butter Smoothie, right? I’m so excited for you to try it out! If you want to add coconut milk whipped cream on top (like I did) simply half the whipped cream recipe from my gluten free, vegan strawberry shortcakes.
Have you tried lucuma before? Excited to check it out? What are your favourite ways to enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Life is full of sweet discoveries.
Want to get your hands on more healthy dessert options? Click here (or on the photo below) to access my free healthy dessert recipe e-book! Total yum town. <3