A few weeks ago I mentioned my current hormonal imbalance and in a future post coming to the blog very soon, I plan to elaborate more on the matter. But until then, I can tell you that my doctor recommended I incorporate maca powder into my diet. Maca is a pure and potent super root that may help the body adapt to stress. Traditionally, maca has been used to deliver abundant energy, increase stamina and aid in hormonal balance and improve moods. Beyond being nutrient dense and a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids maca has been known to help clear acne and blemishes too.
Maca root belongs to the radish family and is most commonly available in gelatinized powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” The flavor is pleasantly nutty and is awesome is smoothies, desserts or anything that contains chocolate.
So knowing this, I was determined to create some easy ways to use maca on the daily. Something I could easily meal prep and keep in the fridge to grab on-the-go. Here is what I came up with! I hope you like ’em.
For the bites …
- 2 cups Trader Joe’s gluten-free rolled oats
- 5 TBS Trader Joe’s super seed blend (sprouted buckwheat, sprouted millet, chia seed, golden flax, red quinoa, shelled hemp seed and amaranth)
- 2 scoops maca powder (I use Terrasoul brand)
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder
- 3/4 cup Trader Joe’s nut butter
- 1.5 TBS coconut or avocado oil
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS raw honey or agave nectar
For the topping …
- 1 tsp almond or peanut flour
- 2 TBS mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (option here to use vegan chocolate)
- 1 tsp coconut or avocado oil
Combine the oats, super seeds, maca and Vital Proteins in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, add the nut butter, oil and honey. Next, warm the wet ingredients (stovetop or microwave) until melted and then stir. Once blended nicely, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix. This should create a nice texture and make the ingredients stick together. If it seems a little dry, add more honey and nut butter to the mixture. Next, put the bite mix in a mini muffin tin or rubber ice cube tray. I got the holiday ones featured at Crate & Barrel for only $10. Place in the freezer and start on the topping.
For the topping, add the flour, chocolate chips and oil in a separate bowl. Warm until melted and stir. Get the bites from the freezer and drizzle them with the chocolate goodness. Then, place back in the freezer to harden.
After about an hour, remove the bites from the freezer and pop them out to place in a separate tin for storing. Let them thaw a bit before enjoying. They aren’t as tasty when they are rock solid. Keep refrigerated and enjoy!