Maca powder comes from a root grown in South America. It has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, but it’s just recently made its way into the US food scene.
A little bit of maca powder provides a powerful boost of energy, but unlike caffeine it doesn’t cause jitters or anxiousness. In fact, maca can help support a healthy response to stress and anxiety, giving you an increased sense of wellbeing and positivity.
Maca root powder is also:
- High in calcium and magnesium
- Helpful for balancing hormones in both men and women
- Known as an adaptogenic, meaning it helps the body maintain balance and adapt to stressors
These little bites are the perfect midmorning or late afternoon treat—the times of the day we feel our energy dip and need a pick-me-up. I like to make a batch on the weekend and take 2 or 3 with me to work to have when that slump hits.
Maca and Almond Butter Energy Bites
Makes 20-25 bites
– ¾ cup old fashioned oats
– ½ cup unsweetened almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
– ¼ cup dried unsweetened coconut
– ¼ cup hemp seeds
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds
– 1 tablespoon maca powder
– 1 tablespoon honey
– 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon water
– ¼ teaspoon salt
1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Using your hands, continue to mix until everything is well incorporated. Taste and add more salt or honey to your preference.
2. Take about ½ tablespoon of the mix at a time and squeeze together in your hand, shaping and rolling it into a ball. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Eat right away, or chill in the refrigerator for a while to firm up.
Note: If you don’t want to make balls, you can press the mixture into a small baking pan, allow to firm up in the fridge, and then cut into squares.