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a blog for recipes, wellness, sustainability, and more.

Sweet Potato Superfood Brownies

Oct 10, 2022

Our friend Juli Novotny (@Purekitchenblog on Instagram) created this wonderful brownie recipe using sweet potatoes and Mikuna in our Cacao flavor. They're not only chewy and delicious, but also vegan...

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August Smoothie Inspiration: Paulo Coelho

Aug 10, 2022

To honor this esteemed author, we set out to create a smoothie that says, Viva Brazil! We also wanted to incorporate classic ingredients that, much like a good novel, come...

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Laura's Incredible Hulk Avocado Smoothie

Aug 01, 2022

When it comes to making smoothies, avocado might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe it should be! Loaded with potassium, healthy fats, fiber and rich...

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A New Brand Identity, and a Bright Future for Food

Jul 26, 2022

Purpose is the heart of everything we do, and we are on a journey to constantly improve. From packaging materials to ingredients, our goal is to leave a positive impact...

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Chef Marcela’s Mikuna Honeycomb Smoothie

Jul 18, 2022

If you want to blow people away at your next outdoor get together, this amazing Mikuna Honeycomb Smoothie from Chef Marcela Valladolid is the golden ticket.

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July Smoothie Inspiration: Amelia Earhart

Jul 07, 2022

Do we actually think we can put hot sauce into a smoothie, and it’s going to taste good? Yes, we do, and yes, it does! Give it a try, see...

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PB&J Mikuna Smoothie

Jun 24, 2022

If you love a classic PB&J and you’re looking for a boost of superfood nutrition, this is the smoothie for you. 

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Leticia’s Ramp-Up Smoothie

Jun 20, 2022

Professional skateboarder Leticia Bufoni knows what her body needs to perform at its best. She starts her day with a Mikuna smoothie for vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and amino acids.

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Mick's Clean Wave Smoothie

Jun 19, 2022

Professional surfer and Mikuna brand ambassador Mick Fanning starts his day with a delicious smoothie that’s packed with berries, banana, oats, almond butter, and the one-ingredient plant protein, Mikuna Pure...

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Taylor’s Buzzworthy Smoothie

Jun 18, 2022

Professional surfer and Mikuna brand Ambassador Taylor Knox powers his surf sessions with a delicious smoothie packed with blueberries, honey, bee pollen, and of course, Mikuna!

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Tessa’s Après Smoothie

Jun 17, 2022

Snowboarder Tessa Maud set a goal to compete in the Olympics, and by the age of 18, she had already accomplished it. Here’s how she enjoys some of her favorite...

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Sage Kotsenburg’s Early Riser

Jun 16, 2022

National Smoothie Day is on June 21, and we're kicking off the countdown with our friend and Mikuna brand ambassador Sage Kotsenburg, who starts every morning with his "Early Riser"...

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June Smoothie Inspiration: Jacques Cousteau

Jun 15, 2022

A drinkable ocean, if you will, filled with protein, vitamins and minerals, and showcasing fruits found along the many coasts where Jacques Cousteau loved to dive.

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Chocho Mango Coconut Creamsicle Pops

Jun 10, 2022

Summer is in full swing, and we're beating the heat with these frozen Chocho Mango Coconut Creamsicle Pops. With just five ingredients, they're easy to make and provide a boost...

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Cold Brew Choffee Smoothie

Jun 02, 2022

Having trouble deciding whether to start your day with a coffee or a delicious protein smoothie? You can have both! This Cold Brew “Choffee” Smoothie is packed with protein and...

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Chocho Mushroom Burgers

May 27, 2022

This Chocho Burger recipe is a surprising edition to your backyard BBQs. It's a great way to incorporate Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein into a savory dish that the whole family can...

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Vanilla-Strawberry Chocho Matcha Iced Latte

May 11, 2022

This refreshing Vanilla-Strawberry Chocho Matcha Iced Latte is the perfect pick-me-up as the weather gets warmer. 

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Vanilla Strawberry Chocho Cheesecake Squares

May 06, 2022

Cheesecake lovers rejoice! These cheesecake-inspired squares are packed with Mikuna Pure Chocho and get their creaminess from coconut milk.

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Mikuna is Honored by Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards

May 03, 2022

Today, Mikuna is the proud recipient of not one, but two honorable mentions from Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards.

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No-Bake Edible Sea Salt Cookie Dough

Apr 28, 2022

If tasting the raw cookie dough is your favorite part of baking cookies, you're going to love this vegan, no-bake cookie dough recipe! 

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Central Market Brings Mikuna to Texas Shoppers

Mar 31, 2022

We're excited to announce that Mikuna is now available at all ten Central Market locations across Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano and San Antonio. 

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Mikuna Shamrock Smoothie

Mar 16, 2022

This healthy twist on the St. Paddy’s Day classic might sound a bit strange with spinach, avocado, dark chocolate, and mint, but trust us — it’s as delicious as it...

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Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Chocho Crust

Mar 09, 2022

Bananas and chocolate are a classic combination, and this delicious pie brings vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, and clean plant protein into the mix. Fermented bananas make this sweet treat...

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Chocho Pumpkin Waffles

Feb 11, 2022

Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, so when you combine it with the powerful nutrients in Mikuna, you’re looking at a whole lot of whole food...

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Searching for a soy-free protein?

Feb 01, 2022

Soy intolerance is a common issue, which can prove challenging for those seeking a high-quality plant protein supplement, many of which are soy-based. If you're familiar with Mikuna Chocho Superfood...

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Chocho Red Noodle Soup

Jan 28, 2022

No matter where you are, sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than a hot soup — and we mean HOT.

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Vegan Chocho Chai Latte

Jan 24, 2022

The fragrant herbs and spices in this creamy Vegan Chocho Chai Latte are sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein,...

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Chocho Protein Oats

Jan 24, 2022

Warm, sweet, and creamy, these Chocho Protein Oats are a perfect way to start your morning, and they only take a few minutes to throw together.

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No-Blender Chocho Shake

Jan 06, 2022

Looking for a post-workout boost that’s quick…like, REALLY quick? This shake takes about a minute to make and doesn’t require a blender, so you can be nourished and on your...

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Dec 30, 2021

As January gets underway, we hope you're in high spirits and looking forward with optimism to the year ahead.

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Vegan Chocho Gingerbread Cake

Dec 30, 2021

With warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, this Vegan Chocho Gingerbread Cake is perfect for winter weather. 

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S’mores Hot Chocho Chocolate

Dec 22, 2021

Warm up for the holidays with this S’mores Hot Chocho Chocolate recipe. It’s delicious, nutrient-rich, perfectly toasted and can be made vegan and gluten-free.

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Spiked Chocho Oatnog

Dec 22, 2021

Even a boozy beverage can contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, and clean plant protein when you add MIkuna to the mix. Set the bar a little higher this holiday...

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Chocolate Glazed Banana Chocho Pastries

Dec 17, 2021

We all know that bananas and chocolate are a perfect combination, but combining chocolate, banana, and Chocho creates a delicious and nutrient-rich trifecta.

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Chocho Fruit Slushee

Dec 09, 2021

This delicious Chocho “slushee” has about 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, and no added sugar.

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Why is Protein Important? Here are 9 Ways it Benefits the Body

Dec 08, 2021

Health and wellness experts argue about the effects of fat and carbs. But almost everyone agrees that adequate protein is an important part of a balanced diet. If you’re wondering...

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Old Fashioned “Proats” (Protein Oatmeal)

Nov 16, 2021

These old-fashioned “proats” by Gabrielle Lenart are creamy, hearty, and the perfect addition to any morning you'd like to make cozier. Reminiscent of your favorite oatmeal cookie but with all...

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Pumpkin Chocho Cookies

Oct 30, 2021

These low-carb cookies are a sweet addition to your Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall season. They’re vegan, gluten-free, keto friendly, and easy to make. Bon appetit!

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Chocolate Chocho Cup

Oct 28, 2021

This small-but-mighty cup of powerful ingredients is the perfect fuel for any time of the day to give you a boost of whole food protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and...

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Chocho Protein Bites

Oct 27, 2021

These no-bake Chocho Protein Bites take about five minutes to put together and can be stored in the refrigerator so you always have a quick protein boost when you need...

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Regenerative Agriculture: It Feels Good

Oct 26, 2021

In biology, “regeneration” refers to the natural process of replacing or restoring anything damaged or missing within plants or animals. In the spiritual or moral sense, it's likened to rebirth...

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Pumpkin Spice Cholatte

Oct 18, 2021

It’s officially Pumpkin Spice season, and we have a protein packed Pumpkin Spice “Cholatte” to help you warm up and feel festive. Try it yourself and tag us at @mikunafooods!...

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Chocho Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Oct 15, 2021

Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination, but not always a nutritious one. Sweetened with honey and vanilla, these Chocho Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are great on the go...

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DIY Regenerada by Mikuna Smoothie

Oct 15, 2021

Regenerada by Mikuna, our new smoothie collaboration with Erewhon, is available at all Erewhon Tonic Bar locations and benefits This Is About Humanity. For those not in the LA area,...

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Mikuna Morning Smoothie by Cody Lovaas

Oct 06, 2021

Singer-songwriter Cody Lovaas’ career keeps him very busy, so he powers up in the morning with a delicious Chocho smoothie packed with spinach, banana, GlutaShield, lion’s mane, and fresh fruit....

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Strawberry Banana Chocho Smoothie Bowl

Sep 28, 2021

If you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s sweet and nutritious, look no further. This Strawberry Banana Chocho Smoothie Bowl recipe from Erica Lovelace is delicious, vegan, gluten-free, and...

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Piña Cholada

Sep 17, 2021

Who says you can’t nourish while you imbibe? Meet our first ever Chocho Protein boozy beverage (it’s delicious without the rum too!). This Piña “Cholada” recipe from Erica Lovelace is...

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Creating Food That’s Better—For People and the Planet

Sep 16, 2021

High up in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains grows a flowering plant that is mostly untapped but has the potential to change the future of food. It sounds...

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Chocho Overnight Oatmeal

Sep 07, 2021

Preparing healthy food doesn’t have to be hard. This delicious and filling Chocho Overnight Oatmeal recipe from Tara, Chocho enthusiast and friend of MIkuna, can be made ahead of time...

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Nutrient-Dense Chocho Banana Bread

Aug 31, 2021

Looking for something delicious enough to be a dessert, light enough to be a quick snack, and healthy enough to have for breakfast? 

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Chocho Corn Cakes

Aug 27, 2021

If you’re looking for a breakfast that’s both delicious and packed with protein, fiber, amino acids, and other essential nutrients, look no further than this Chocho Corn Cake recipe.

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Savory Chocho Corn Pudding

Aug 23, 2021

This recipe from writer and foodie Erica Lovelace is the best of both worlds, combining comfort food with delicious, healthy Chocho protein.

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Chocho Protein Pancakes

Jul 30, 2021

One of our favorite things about Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein is how versatile it is. It can be used in smoothies, sauces, dressings, and even as a gluten-free flour alternative...

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Stepping Beyond Sustainability with Regenerative Agriculture

Jul 29, 2021

“Sustainable.”  It’s a word we hear from a lot of brands and food sources, and it’s a first step toward a healthier planet. But is it enough? Frankly, we don’t...

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Chocho-tella recipe

Jul 23, 2021

A rich, decadent twist on the classic Nutella, Chocho-tella is perfect spread on toast with fresh berries, or drizzled on Chocho Oat Cakes for a sweet breakfast or late-night treat....

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When it comes to regenerative farming, Chocho has got you covered.

Jul 15, 2021

If you know anything about Mikuna, you probably know that Chocho is an ancient legume that is packed with protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It’s a game changer...

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Mikuna Brownie Cookies

Jul 13, 2021

Specializing in organic and farm-to-table foods, ZenAgain Catering created these vegan brownie cookies for the 2021 United We Stand Festival in partnership with Mikuna.

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Frenchocho Toast

Jul 02, 2021

We love whipping up some Frenchocho Toast with fresh fruit, because even the sweetest treats can be full of protein, fiber, and amino acids. 🍒🥝

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Our Regenerative Journey: #losethescoop

Jun 24, 2021

Mikuna founder Ricky Echanique explains how agriculture affects the environment and deforestation, and describes how Mikuna came to the decision to lose the plastic scoop and opt for more Earth-friendly...

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Protein Pasta Sauce

Jun 02, 2021

What’s cookin', you ask? We’re whipping up some protein-packed pasta sauce with chocho!

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Shakti Smoothie by Shiva Rose

May 08, 2021

Shiva Rose, the creator of Shiva Rose Beauty and author of Whole Beauty, celebrates our earth by making a regenerative Mikuna smoothie mid-morning, raising honey bees, and wearing designs from...

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Chocho Carrot Muffins

Apr 30, 2021

We're big fans of this muffin recipe by Unique Hammond, a holistic nutritionist, which includes Chocho and carrots.

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Mikuna Matchata Latte

Apr 26, 2021

We love combining Chocho and Matcha to create a delicious and powerfully nutrient-rich drink. We teamed up with our friends at Matcha Bar to bring you this beverage recipe, powered...

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Nat K’s Green Chocho Smoothie Recipe

Mar 25, 2021

Nat Kelley's regenerative morning smoothie recipe

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Chocho Cookies

Feb 26, 2021

INGREDIENTS// 1 cup coconut oil 1.5 cups light brown sugar 4 vegan egg replacer eggs 1tsp vanilla 1.5 cups Mikuna Vanilla Chocho Superfood Protein 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2...

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Tejate "Drink of the Gods"

Feb 19, 2021

INGREDIENTS// ¼ cup Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein Original ½ tsp cacao powder ¼ tsp orange blossom water 1 tsp agave syrup Ice to serve METHOD// Whisk all ingredients into a...

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Chocho Hummus

Feb 09, 2021

SERVINGS// Makes 1 1/2 cups or 6 servings INGREDIENTS// Four scoops (about 1 level cup) Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein, Original ⅔ cups water, plus more if needed 2 tbsp fresh...

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Chocho Cinnamon Rolls

Feb 04, 2021

Cinnamon rolls are the perfect winter comfort food, and this simple vegan recipe makes ten delicious, gooey and satisfying fluffy chocho-based treats.

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Creamy Chocho Soup

Jan 26, 2021

INGREDIENTS// ⅜ cup of Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein Original 3 ⅓ cups of russet potatoes peeled and diced 2 ¼ cups chopped leeks 2 tbsp olive oil 4 ¼ cup...

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Spiced Apple Cider Donuts

Jan 23, 2021

Donuts are often a soul nourishing treat. Apple cider donuts even more so: a winter treat reserved for when apples are fresh and warming spices are necessary to boost morale...

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Vegan Albondigas Soup

Jan 15, 2021

INGREDIENTS// Albondigas ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (⅞ cups) Original Chocho Protein ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (⅞ cup) green tomatillos 1 ¾ cups dry brown rice cooked with 2...

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Why We Use Coconut Sugar

Dec 24, 2020

Sugar has a bad reputation. The overconsumption of sugar in processed foods which are often void of nutrients has left many with health issues. In a search for health, people...

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Gingerbread Chocho Cookies

Dec 23, 2020

Gingerbread is a holiday classic. Packed with warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and of course, ginger, they are the perfect treat to up level your festivities. Our take is equally...

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Dec 16, 2020

As the weather gets cooler and the holidays approach, we love to find new ways to make our meals more festive and seasonal. This Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake is just...

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Butternut Squash Chocho Gnocchi

Dec 09, 2020

These butternut squash gnocchi are our fall take on a fan favorite. Think pillowy pockets of potato and butternut squash in a lush, flavor packed pesto sauce. The best part?...

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Chocho Energy Balls

Dec 02, 2020

These chocho energy balls make a perfect pre workout bite, mid day munch, or breakfast on the go. Infused with caffeine from cold brew and packed with protein from chocho,...

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Chocho Falafel

Nov 25, 2020

Traditional falafel are an amazing blend of herbs, spices, and chickpeas deep fried to perfection, served stuffed deep inside a fluffy pita with all sorts of pickled vegetables, tomato and...

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Chocho Chipotle Crema

Nov 18, 2020

A recipe for a creamy, savory, protein packed chipotle crema that is highly versatile and incredibly delicious. 

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Chocho Pizza

Nov 11, 2020

Who doesn’t love a big slice of gooey, cheesy pizza? The only thing is normal pizza can leave you feeling greasy and weighed down. That is why we put a...

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Power Breakfast Bowl

Nov 04, 2020

A perfect breakfast for when you want oatmeal but dont want to cook. Full of protein, fiber, and nutrients, this smoothie is versatile and customizable, perfect for everyone.

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Chocho Chips

Oct 28, 2020

These Chocho Chips are both quick and easy to make, a big win win. Made with only three ingredients (excluding water and salt) these crackers are as easy to make...

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Monk Fruit Benefits and Use

Oct 22, 2020

Photo: K8 What's the scoop on sugar? Sugar is one of those foods that we’re often told to consume in moderation. Not only can it spike your blood sugar leading...

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Chocho as a Prebiotic

Oct 15, 2020

Probiotics are often the star of the gut health conversation, but it's important to not forget about prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber and are an equally important...

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Chocho Cookie Dough

Oct 14, 2020

Did you know that cookie dough could be healthy and protein packed, while still being delicious? Well, it can! The trick to these simple cookie dough bites is chickpeas and...

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Protein Rich Dips & Sauces

Oct 08, 2020

A few simple variations on our lux Garlic Crema can yield a multitude of dips, dressings, and sauces for any occasion. Our classic Garlic Crema base is made of cashews, Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein Original, and some...

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Mac n' Chocho

Sep 30, 2020

We made a plant-based version of mac n cheese with our secret ingredient, chocho! Our version is creamy and delicious, while packed with protein and even some veggies.

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Chocho Oat Cakes

Sep 26, 2020

If you need to find us, we’ll be in the kitchen whipping up a big stack of these fluffy chocho cakes. With an oat and chocho base, these chocho cakes...

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Garlic Crema

Sep 23, 2020

A new and interesting way to use chocho: a garlic crema made with less than 10 ingredients and using only a blender, perfect for snacking, dipping, spreading, or upgrading any...

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The Regenerative Burger™

Sep 16, 2020

A recipe for a simple, quick, uber delicious plant based burger with over 20 grams of protein that comes together in less than 30 minutes, made with interchangeable pantry and...

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Comparing Lupin Varieties

Sep 07, 2020

Exploring the differences between popular species of lupin to better understand why and how chocho is the most superior lupin species.

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Architects of a New Generation:
How Punk Rock Influenced Veganism

Aug 28, 2020

Veganism and punk rock music may seem as though they have nothing in common, but diving deep into the history of punk rock culture reveals the intersections of these two...

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Tacos de Chocho | #TacoTuesday

Aug 17, 2020

A new and innovative way to use our chocho: chocho tacos, made with homemade chocho tortillas stuffed with an umami taco meat. Super easy to make and super delicious, a...

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High Protein Kale Chips

Aug 12, 2020

A perfect snack time staple filled with protein and nutrients: Chocho Kale Chips.

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Overnight Oats with Berry Chocho Orange Compote

Aug 04, 2020

Discover the recipe you'll be making for breakfast for tomorrow (and the rest of the week-- it's that good). 

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Andean Highlands Papaya Smoothie

Jul 27, 2020

This quick and simple nutrient dense smoothie is inspired by a popular Ecuadorian drink and will leave you energized and satiated for a day full of adventure, work, or play.

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Chocho 101 | Regenerative Plant Protein

Jul 27, 2020

High in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes lie a multitude of volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Antisana, Chimborazo, Sangay, El Guagua, and El Reventador. These are names that ‘peak’ the ears...

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