It was cold and rainy on Saturday morning when I made these yummy thick, sweet and fruity smoothies. Here is some information about Camu-camu from the Raw Pleasure site which is where it can be easily purchased online. PS. You can get the carob there as well. :-) (yeah, I know I sound like a salesman for RP but you know what, she's one of my besties and she gives me heaps of samples to try and if I didn't like then I wouldn't tell you about them. They're also really good for you and not easy to find in local health food shops so I feel like I'm doing you a favour as well. I hate it when I find something new and don't know what it looks like or where to find it so I hope you don't mind my little links)
Camu-camu offers astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-viral, emollient and nutritive properties and contains natural beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamine and the amino acids valine, leucine and serine. This makes Camu-camu invaluable for metabolic processes, including the formation of white blood cells, maintaining a healthy immune system, and support for the brain, lymph glands, heart and lungs.
Camu Camu has an extraordinarily high Vitamin C content which is the most important property of the Camu-Camu fruit.
If you don't have a high speed blender like a Vitamix (quite expensive but worth it if you are serious about your health) or a Sunbeam Cafe Series 1200watt (affordable and worth it's weight in gold for a much cheaper option) then I suggest you purchase the carob powder for this recipe as they are quite firm and I don't think your everyday blender would get it smooth and creamy.
Carob and Camu Camu Smoothie
Makes: 2 x 500ml serves
Handful of activated almonds and pepitas
1 tsp spirulina, Gusto Smoothie booster or Revive
¾ tsp camu camu
3 dried figs
2 ripe bananas
4 navel oranges
1 cup ice
½ to 1 cup water
Peel and half oranges then add to a high speed blender with the peeled bananas and remaining ingredients then blend on high until completely smooth.
- If you are using Valencia oranges make sure to remove every seed as they are the natural enemy of a good smoothie!
- I have a vitamix so I was able to use the carob bites because it’s strong enough to completely pulverise them resulting in a beautiful creamy smoothie.
- If you still find the camu-camu too strong add a tablespoon of raw honey, agave or maple syrup.
Enjoy! This is a meal in a glass that will not only feed your soul and senses it will nourish you on a cellular level as well.. :-)