I absolutely love smoothies, and I’m always looking for ways to make them even better. Thanks to a complimentary sample sent to me by Kaibae, I got to try a brand new superfruit powder called Baobab.
Kaibae 100% Pure Baobab Fruit Powder is a powerful superfood that has a unique nutritional profile, and tastes pretty darn good, too!
Baobab fruit is a traditional African food that has been used for centuries because of its immune boosting and energizing properties. It also improves digestive health, reduces inflammation, and is full of protein and fiber, so it’s filling and satisfying, in addition to being yummy.
Traditional processing (and our contemporary method) is simple, because the Baobab fruit naturally dehydrates inside the fruit pod as it ripens. Kaibae 100% Pur Baobab Fruit Powder is unprocessed, unrefined, and always 100% pure.
The health benefits of Baobab fruit are extensive. This superfruit also more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat, and more calcium than milk. It’s also rich in antioxidants, high in potassium and magnesium, and high in dietary fiber.
The packaging claims that Baobab fruit powder is “delicious in smoothies, yogurt, baked goods, tea, water, [and] popcorn.” I tried Kaibae 100% Pure Baobab Fruit Powder two different ways.
Blueberry + Banana Smoothie with Baobab Fruit + Chia Seeds
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup organic yogurt
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp Kiabae 100% Pure Baobab Fruit Powder
1 Tbsp organic honey
1.5 cups water
I always layer my fruit underneath my yogurt and water, so it blends more evenly, and I added the Baobab powder and chia seeds last, so they didn’t end up just gumming up the bottom of my blender instead of incorporating with the other ingredients. Any time you add chia (or other) seeds, you won’t get a truly “smooth” smoothie, but they’re so tiny it doesn’t bother me at all. Blend for 30-90 seconds (depends on the power of your blender, and how quickly your ingredients fully blend – just wing it), pour into a tall glass, and enjoy!
I usually add a tiny amount of orange juice to my smoothies, for the vitamin C and liquid to aide blending, but I wanted to know if the Baobab fruit truly tastes “naturally tangy with a hint of citrus”, so I just used plain water. And to my surprise, it actually does taste citrus-y, and I could taste it over the banana and plain yogurt! It’s a very light, sparkly (“tangy”) flavor, that is very pleasant.
The other way I tried it was mixed in water, but I do not recommend this AT ALL. It didn’t dissolve, wasn’t at all sweet on its own, and gave the water a strange texture. If you were to dissolve it in hot water, add lemon and honey, and serve chilled, it might be better, but I didn’t attempt it. I’m not sure why this stuff is touted as naturally sweet, because it didn’t seem so to me.
I have just enough powder left to try it in yogurt, and I’m eager to see if it’s as good in vanilla yogurt with blueberries as it was in my smoothie. Yum!
Kaibae 100% Pure Baobab Fruit Powder is available online in two sizes.
Family Size | 10 oz | $32
Travel Size | 4 oz | $18
This product is also available for purchase in a limited number of stores, but only in southern California at this time.
Kaibae was an interesting backstory, and they do a lot to give back to the people of northern Ghana where the Baobab fruit is sourced. Kaibae 100% Pure Baobab Fruit Powder is also USDA Certified Organic.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary sample of the product mentioned in this post for review consideration. All opinions are our own. To learn more, please read our Disclosure.