The Power of Maca
- Highly Nutritious
- May help alleviate menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep
- Can improve your mood
- Boost your energy level
- May improve your memory
I have read that adding Maca Powder to your diet could take up to a month before seeing results, but having used for a week now I really feel like I have more energy.
There are several different types of Maca on the market: red, black, yellow and premium. I started out with yellow, but I think next time I might try the red. If you’re unsure which one to start with I found this great Maca Finder to help determine what Maca and how much might be right for you.
Maca can be consumed several different ways, I like mine in my smoothies, tried it in my coffee – YUCK, but found it works GREAT in this Chocolate Vegan Maca Bars recipe! Perfect for a mid day snack.
NOTE: I have read that if you suffer from insomnia it’s best not to take any Maca after 2pm.
These Chocolate Vegan Maca Bars are quick and VERY easy to make!
Chocolate Vegan Maca BarsPrint Recipe
- 1 cup Raw Almonds
- 1 cup Raw Cashews
- 1 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1 cup Flax Meal
- 1 cup Raw Pepitas
- 4 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 4 tbsp Maca Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 2/3 cup Almond Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
Using a food processor, pulse almonds and cashews until well chopped.
Add them to a large mixing bowl along with sunflower seeds, flax meal, pepitas, chia seeds, mama powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
In a sauce pan, combine the maple syrup, honey, almond butter and coconut oil.
Add vanilla and mix until all are melted and well combined, about 5 minutes.
Pour into large mixing bowl with dried ingredients and mix well, stir in chocolate chips.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using your hands spread mixture into pan, pressing well.
Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Remove once set and cut into bars. If it's too hard, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.
Store in an air tight container. Another option -> you can also roll into bite size balls! This recipe can also be cut in half. To cut I use a pizza cutter, works perfect!
Other Options for Maca
My next try is Maca Overnight Oats! Hummm…pancakes, bread, cookies…thinking the possibilities may be endless! Check out this delish looking Maca Coconut Latte – I may be making that this weekend for myself.
Happy Friday Eve
Ready for another weekend to get here! I have been fighting a head cold all week and hoping I’m back to myself this weekend – lots of cooking to be done in the kate & kale kitchen!
On the menu:
- Vegan Eggs Benedict
- Mango Scones
- Vegan BBQ Ribs…yep, RIBS!
I look forward to share all of that yumminess with you next week!