Just heard about Maca Balls last week and had to try making a batch. I searched around for a recipe (there are lots of variations), read through a bunch of them and then combined ingredients to suit myself.
I’d heard about Maca powder before, but never used it, tasted it, or even knew anything about it. If you don’t have access to a good health store, click on the image to find out more, or click HERE .
You will note that this powder is gelatinized, which is what I used. I did some reading, and apparently it is metabolized by the body better if it is either cooked or gelatinized.
Turns out – wow! It just might be what I’m looking for to help with hormonal fluctuations and some seriously low energy that I’ve been experiencing lately.
Here’s an interesting ebook/paperback book on Amazon titled Maca Root for Health and Vitality: How to Use and Benefit from the Superfood, with 20 Easy Recipes
Here’s what I found out about Maca powder:
- it’s an ancient Peruvian root that is ground up and used extensively as flour
- belongs to the broccoli family
- becoming a very popular superfood
- no known side effects
- full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants
- promote sexual function of both men and women – thought to boost libido and increase endurance
- used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause
- used to alleviate cramps and hot flashes
- helps sharpen and expand mental activity and memory
- increases energy level, increases stamina and endurance
- used as a remedy for ongoing fatigue
- supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells aiding in avoiding anemia and cardiovascular diseases
- helps to clear acne and blemishes
- helps with anxiety, stress, depression, and mood swings
- ability to balance hormones
There’s a great in-depth article over at Health Ambition on Maca. They cover lots of benefits of using Maca, from weight loss to Maca for men. You can also check out what WebMD has to say about Maca Root.
While some of these claims are anecdotal, I’m certainly ready to try it in Maca Balls and see if I notice any difference in energy levels – or any other effects.
Okay, on to the fun part – making Maca Balls.
They’re super simple to make and you can add lots of optional ingredients. I chose to add coconut, powdered shitake and chaga mushrooms and roll in cocoa.
Other ideas might be ground nuts (either added in or rolled on), sweetener – if you like a sweeter version, chia seeds – or any other seed you prefer, spices (cayenne might be interesting). Hey, the list is endless.
Oh, did I mention that they store in the freezer really well? They don’t actually freeze all the way through, so you can grab one (or two) and pop it in your mouth right away.
- 1 cup dried dates (pits removed)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup maca powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- Put dates and coconut in food processor and whirl until they clump together
- Add maca powder, salt and process on low while drizzling melted coconut oil on
- Roll into balls
- Roll balls in cocoa
- Place balls (not touching) on baking sheet and put in freezer for 1 hr. to firm up
- Transfer balls to a sealed plastic bag and return to freezer.
- Snack as needed
- I added 3 tbsp. of powdered mushrooms to my mix (shitake and chaga) for some extra oomph
- This recipe is really versatile. You can add ground seeds, nuts, pieces of dried fruit - whatever you fancy.
- I hope you enjoy this recipe, and would love to hear how you customized it for yourself