The baobab tree is an amazing, resilient survivor. Despite its native environment being the very hot, dry savannas of Africa, a single tree may live for 500 years or more, and its size dominates the barren landscape. The trunk rises 90 feet or more and has a diameter as large as 60 feet.
Called “the tree of life,” it not only outlives environmental challenges, but also helps support humans in its vicinity. The massive trunk can provide protection, and the leaves, bark, seeds, and the fruit have a long tradition of being used as food and medicine.
Our Baobab Fruit Powder Source: Helping The Planet
Not only does baobab fruit powder taste good -- similar to a sweet tart -- our Live Superfoods baobab fruit powder is harvested in Benin, Africa via a partnership with the locals. Win-Win! The money the women earn through the fair partnership provides their families with better access to health care, better nutrition and puts more girls and boys in school.
The baobab fruit grow in pods and dries naturally while still hanging from the tree. The pods are traditionally harvested by the families of the grower. The whole fruits are bought directly from those families, and are then processed by a fair partnership women’s co-op. These women apply age-old indigenous methods of transformation in a controlled, clean facility to produce this fine, nutritious, delicious and versatile powder.
Baobab's Nutrition Benefits
- Rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C
- Prebiotic soluble fiber to help to maintain and grow beneficial microflora in the digestive tract
- High in insoluble fiber (roughage), which aids digestion
- High in potassium
- Contains good amounts of calcium, magnesium and protein
- Another bonus: it’s raw, vegan and gluten-free
Because our baobab fruits are lightly processed using traditional methods, the levels of vitamins, essential nutrients and purity are unmatched.
A British study published in Nutrition Research, found baobab fruit powder, mixed in water or baked into white bread, slowed the absorption of starchy food. This supported healthy blood sugar levels and energy. Researchers believe the fruit may block enzymes that break down starch and sugar, in addition to slowing absorption with its fiber content.
Baobab's Health Benefits
- The baobab seeds contain an oil, and when used topically, it's promotes healthy skin.
- Promotes the body’s innate resistance to pathogens.
What Does Baobab Taste Like?
It has a sweet, citrusy taste, and is often described as a tangy sherbet.
What Is Baobab Used For?
For optimum results, we recommend taking two to four teaspoons of Baobab Powder per day.
It’s easy to add Baobab powder to your daily diet - here are some of our favorite ways:
SPRINKLE... onto fruit, cereal, yogurt & pancakes
BAKE... into bread, brownies, cakes & cookies
STIR... into porridge, desserts, soups, hot water & lemon
MIX... into cold water, fruit juice, coconut water & salad dressing
BLEND... into sauces, milkshakes, smoothies & ice creams
It even makes a great gluten-free thickening agent!
Strawberry and Banana Baobab Smoothie Bowl
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 banana, frozen
1½ cups frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons Baobab powder
¾ cup of your favorite milk
Optional: 1 scoop protein powder (may need to add extra milk to reach desired consistency)
T O P P I N G S
D I R E C T I O N S
1. Combine smoothie bowl ingredients and blend until completely smooth. The mixture should be thick! Add a touch more liquid if necessary to get it to blend completely smooth or to desired consistency.
2. Transfer to a bowl, add toppings and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Atacora