It’s no secret – I LOVE chocolate and I never want to live without it. I do, however, tend to give my adrenals a bit of a run, SO for that reason with this recipe, I use decaf coffee (sacrilege I know) or omit it entirely. I can still vouch for the absolute deliciousness of this smoothie though, which is why I wanted to share it – Sarah x

Big thanks to Marisa Falconi for sharing this recipe blog with us, if you want to contact this amazing clinical nutritionist for any appointments or personalised advice, her contact details are at the bottom!


I originally called this smoothie the Contradiction because it contains maca, an adaptogenic root known to contradict the stressful effects of caffeine, which is contained within both cacao & coffee.

While Maca is a hormone balancer, it’s also a strong supporter against stress. Maca’s plant compounds (called flavonoids) may promote a positive mood and has even been known to assist in reducing both the elevated blood pressure and feelings of depression shown in postmenopausal women.

Note: if you suffer from adrenal fatigue or any other condition of the adrenals, tweak this smoothie by removing the coffee all together, then replace the cacao with carob powder. We are so lucky to have natural organic carob all over this country. It’s a great, caffeine free substitute for cacao and other chocolate. Look for it at your local health food store.

Maca Coffee Cacao (or Carob) Smoothie

1/2 banana
1 tbsp raw cashews
1 tsp coffee (beans or ground)
2 tsp raw cacao powder or carob powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh almond milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1 scoop Sunwarrior protein*
1tsp maca
Optional – 1/2 cup ice

Let’s make it
Simple blend all the ingredients together on high, then serve in your favourite jar and enjoy!

*** If you’re looking for a protein powder, I personally like the brand Sunwarrior. (I’m not affiliated). It’s vegan, it’s clean (no gross additives) and it’s digestible. If you must choose a whey powder, I highly recommend you find one that is from grass fed, organic sources. Whey is very high up on the hidden allergies chart and it’s not always the best for digestion, so think twice before buying. If, like me, you are not a vegan, you can still choose a vegan protein. They are a great supplement to a balanced omnivorous diet.

– Marisa x
Marisa Falconi is a clinical nutritionist and certified yoga facilitator with an ever-expanding passion for scientific and alternative wellness. She specialises in emotional wellbeing and offers easy to follow, intuitive health guidance for individuals worldwide.


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