PALEO-FRIENDLY. GLUTEN FREE. DAIRY FREE. SOY FREE. EGG FREE. REFINED SUGAR FREE. VEGAN.
My Maca-love is expressed here on this site once again with these yummy bliss balls containing this hormone-balancing and stress-adapting medicinal food that I can’t get enough of. Just in case you didn’t know, Maca is a root plant that looks like a cross between a turnip and a parsnip and is native to the Andes in Peru, South America. It is said to have hormone balancing properties, is adaptogenic (it helps us adapt to stress) as well as containing an abundance of minerals, vitamins and amino acids.
These make a great treat, a pre or post-workout snack, and are satisfying without being ‘over the top’ sweet. Super simple to make and even more enjoyable to eat!
Ingredients (Makes 24-25 balls)
12 Medjool dates, seeds removed
3/4 cup (190g) raw cashews
15g desiccated coconut, for rolling
1/2 cup (125g) coconut flakes
3 heaped tablespoons (45g) Maca powder
1/4 cup (65g) sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
splash of water, preferably filtered
Prep time: 5 minutes
Making time: 15 minutes
Combine all ingredients except desiccated coconut and cacao nibs in a food processor and process. Add the water in whilst the ingredients are processing to facilitate the mixture sticking together well. Let it process for 30 seconds to a minute, and eventually all the oils from the nuts will start to come out.
You may need to stop and scrape down the sides one or two times and continue processing. The way to tell the mixture is ready is that it should stick together really well.
Grab your well formed mixture and fold through cacao nibs with your hands, making sure you spread them through the mixture evenly.
Place the desiccated coconut on a large plate or tray. Get some of the mixture and roll into approximately 30g balls (roughly size of a golf ball). Using this measurement, you should make around 25 balls. Roll each ball into the desiccated coconut.
These will store well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.