This is definitely not your typical smoothie. And, to be honest, this MAY be controversial… I don’t generally like smoothies all too much. It’s not like they taste bad; I just find them, on average, to be rather one-note, and uninteresting in terms of a gustatory experience.
This, however, is a beautiful, thick beverage that, sure, has a base of fruit and nut milk, but in this case it’s actually a clever application of traditional, medicinal ingredients that are the flavor stars of the show (as “boosts” or “add-ins”).
This well-designed concoction is the creation and daily staple of my good friend & mentor, Jon Taguchi. It was made with the intention of powering his body and brain in an efficient way so he could spend more time focusing on his trades of design & woodwork.
I really encouraged that we feature it, because just like many of what Jon makes, I find it genius. It may be the only smoothie I’ve had that plays on just about every flavor.
Lots of smoothies are sweet and tangy, and this one has those elements, too, as it uses frozen banana and mango as well as sweetened hemp milk as its base. However it also introduces a pronounced bitter element with matcha green tea and fresh turmeric (“olena” in Hawaii); spicy with fresh ginger and black pepper; astringent and umami from the matcha ; salty from hemp seeds; and even floral and smoky elements from the heavy hand of cassia cinnamon and the touch of vanilla.
In addition to this well-rounded tastebud symphony, the multi-faceted nature of this gem recipe includes the distributed profile of fat (hemp + coconut), sugar/carbohydrate (fruit, sugar in hemp milk), protein (hemp), and caffeine (matcha).
And even another layer of intelligence is in the duo of inspiration that melds quite in the middle of a matcha latte and a golden milk. I’m telling you… this guy is a master! And food isn’t even his medium!!
Okay, I’ll stop gushing now, and introduce you to the recipe so you can become a protégé, too.
Also, Jon typed this recipe out, and I think I’ll leave it in the terms he described it so you can receive the full gift of how his brain works. ^_^ My notes in brackets…
1 Huge Heaping tsp [2 tsp] - Matcha
1 Pinky [2-inch piece]- Fresh Tumeric (Olena)
1 cc [cubic centimeter] - Fresh Ginger
2 Small [frozen is best] Apple Bananas [equivalent of 1 large regular Banana]
1 Big handful [1 cup] Frozen Mango
1-1/2 C[up] Vanilla Hemp Milk
5 Shakes [1 tsp] Cinnamon
1 Pinch [1/4 tsp] Black Pepper [“3 turns on the pepper grinder”]
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
Not too much, but enough Water
Blend well. [Up to 1-minute in a VitaMix or more in a less-powerful blender]
—splish splash of vanilla extract [or bean powder]
—sub coconut water instead of water and coconut oil [This would make it sweeter]
—add 2 heaping Tbsp raw cacao
Pre-prep: 5 minutes
Process time: 1 minute
Total: 7 minutes
I haven’t had to make this myself, because, fortunately, Jon is currently my housemate, and he’s generous at heart. But I have been exposed to him tweaking the recipe to perfection and beyond, especially since I asked him if we could share it with the world on our new blog. He and I have a lot in common, and one is that we like to tinker with our projects probably way passed what is necessary. I’d like to think there is at least a little magic to that…
Well, this post is winding down but don’t worry, you haven’t seen the last of Jon and his handy work. I hope to feature his inspirations regularly here, as he is indeed part of the extended Space & Light team.
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