What is Maca?
This powerhouse root (like a potato) from Peru is a natural “wake-up” for your body, among many other benefits.
- It is an energy regulator.
- It supports and provides physical and athletic stress relief (assisting in adrenal gland function and adaptogen for hormone balancing).
- It is nutrient packed (boasting a unique nutritional profile because it grows where nothing else does).
- Increased Energy
- Boosts Immune System
- Balance Hormones
- Increase Fertility
- Boost Libido
- Improve Mood
- Regulate Metabolism
- Builds Healthy Muscle, Bones and Teeth.
What does it taste like? Maca has an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch.
Where can I get it? Maca powder can be found at Coles & Woolworths as well as most health food stores.
How do I eat it? Here are some ways to get this super food into your tummy!
- Add to smoothies or juices
- Add to herbal tea
- Try it in a soup or stew.
- Add to non-dairy milks
- Makes a great topping for non-microwave popcorn with coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt.
Stuck on recipe ideas? Check these out!
Unbaked Fudge Brownies
- 1 cup untoasted slivered or sliced almonds
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
- ¼ cup untoasted walnuts
- Place the almonds in the container of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until ground to a fine powder.
- Add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and half of the chocolate chips. Process until the mixture holds together as a mass—this will take a few minutes.
- Add the remaining chocolate chips and pulse on and off for about 30 seconds. Add the walnuts and pulse on and off for another 20 to 30 seconds, or until finely chopped but still visible in the mixture.
- Transfer the mixture to an 8 by 8-inch square pan. Press into the pan, using the back of a spatula to get it nice and even. Score the mixture into 12 squares.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Cover any leftovers and store in the refrigerator.
Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie
- 1 medium banana (frozen ahead of time if desired)
- 1 heaping cup strawberries, hulled
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk, or as desired
- 2 to 4 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 to 6 ice cubes
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until completely smooth. Divide between two glasses.
- If too thick, add a bit more almond milk. Serve at once.
Cashew Maca-Maca Butter
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- 1-2 T maca powder (optional)
- In a high-powered blender, combine the cashews, macadamia nuts, and hemp seeds. Blend until creamy. You will likely need to scrape the sides occasionally. If you are using a Vitamix, you can use your tamper to assist with the blending.
- Once the nuts and seeds are creamy, add the Maca powder and blend until incorporated. This will give it a slightly thicker, slightly drier texture, which I like, but if you want your nut butter to be extremely creamy, leave it out.
- Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. It does not need to be refrigerated.