This smoothie is loaded with dark chocolate, which contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a
compound that prompts the release of endorphins and enhances the activity of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure; chocolate also boosts levels of serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Figs and bananas are traditional aphrodisiac foods, long thought to inspire desire.
This sweet treat is also spiked with maca and ashwagandha, adaptogens known for their ability to increase libido, relieve anxiety, and improve mood.
For a thicker smoothie, freeze the banana first, or add a few ice cubes. If using dried figs, soak them first in warm water for half an hour to soften, then drain.
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- Peel banana and cut into chunks. Combine in blender with figs, almond milk, almond butter, cocoa powder, maca root powder, and ashwagandha powder. Purée until smooth.
- Add honey or agave, if desired, for sweetness. Divide equally between two large glasses, garnish with chocolate shavings, and serve immediately.