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Do you get the 3pm energy crash? Or maybe you’re tempted to hit the vending machine when the afternoon sugar cravings hit. If that sounds familiar, this snack is for you. Afternoon sugar cravings or a dip in energy (which I fondly call ‘the 3pm crash’) can mean you’re not managing blood sugar properly as a result of eating in irregular intervals, drinking too much coffee, skipping breakfast in the morning, or eating the wrong foods at breakfast.
I love making snacks that not only offer therapeutic benefits but are also deeply satisfying, and these maca truffles fit the bill. They’re made with energy boosting ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maca. Maca is an amazing adaptogenic root that boosts vitality, energy, and virility. It may also regulate hormones and thyroid.
Power Snack: Maca Truffles
- 1/2 cup raw maca powder. Maca is an adaptogenic root that helps your body handle stress. It’s known for increasing libido, especially in men, and is nourishing to the adrenals. It boosts energy, balances hormones, improves stress resistance, promotes fertility and is high in B vitamins. Tasty too– it imparts a nutty flavor to foods. I use 1 tsp raw in smoothies and use it in baked goods and treats.
- 1/2 cup cocoa or raw cacao or carob powder. Also great for energy boost, and cocoa is high in antioxidants. Great mood booster, too. Use carob for a little more sweetness or if you can’t tolerate chocolate.
- a pinch of sea salt: important for minerals
- 1 cup nut butter: almond, walnut, or sunbutter. For these, I made my own nut butter by throwing a cashew, almond, hazelnut, pecan mix I had together in the food processor. Process it on high, and first it turns to nut flour, but then keep going and you’ll get a smooth, silky and freshly ground nut butter. The nuts provide the good fats, fiber and vitamin E. You could use any variety you like. Here’s my tutorial on how to make homemade almond butter.
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil for its metabolism- and thyroid-boosting medium chain fatty acids (great energy booster!) Check out coconut oil’s benefits here.
- dash of vanilla
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey— could leave this out if you want totally sweetener-free, but honey may help regulate blood sugar and provides an energy boost.
- 1 tsp cinnamon— great for balancing blood sugar, especially if that 3pm crash gets ya!
- pinch cayenne pepper— I added this for a little kick, and cayenne has the added benefit of being thermogenic, which means it burns fat!
- Food processor
- 1/2 cup raw maca powder
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 cup nut butter Use almond, walnut, sunbutter, or a combo
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch cayenne optional
- If you're using pre-made nut butter, just add to food processor and process with honey, coconut oil, and vanilla
- Mix all the dry ingredients together separately.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and process everything together.
- Taste to correct seasonings. Add a little water if needed.
- Roll into balls and dust with additional cocoa or carob powder.
- Chill in fridge for at least an hour. They'll keep for weeks.
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.
I just discovered this recipe on VGN and had to come check it out. It sounds so yummy! I use maca root all the time and it really works well. I will share your recipe on Facebook and Pinterest. Have a good week!
Hi Shelley, thanks so much for sharing! It’s a great one–I LOVE maca root 🙂
Since February I’ve making a nightly “fat bomb” out of the following; 1 Tbsp. Virgin Coconut oil (I use Tropical Traditions) 1 1/2 tsp. Dark Cocoa, 1 tsp. Maca (I use Maca Magic) and 1/8 tsp. Stevia(NuNaturals) This not only tastes OMG, but helps lessen the severity of night sweats & power surges! Love Maca, and I recommend it to all!
sounds delicious! I’ll have to try.
Just made these for the first time and they are delicious! !
Never heard of maca before but glad I have now! Thanks for the recipe!
I have tried these with almond butter and sunflower seed butter…today I’m trying with sprouted pumpkin seed butter. These are a great treat to have in the house! My guests always love them and I eat one or two per day!
oh great ideas, thanks for sharing!
yum I just made these, what an indulgent treat!
I just made this recipe and I think it’s so fabulous! You can personalize it easily. I added 2 tbsp of coconut flour to get more of a cakey texture. ( I added some water since that flour absorbs SO much water. ) Anyways, thanks!
Glad you enjoyed, Kim!
I was given the suggestion to try maca root powder to help with PPD symptoms. Would the truffles be a good way to get the maca root in?
If you’re using maca specifically for a condition, better to get the dosing accurate and use in a smoothie or supplement.
Hi, Mary. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I have been using maca root in my diet for a couple of years now, and I always look for new ways that I can use maca in my food. Great
Hi Sara, enjoy!
Hi Mary: We LOVE these maca balls and have one each morning (rolled in chia seeds). Do you have the nutritional breakdown? I am tracking calories, vitamins, fiber, protein, etc.
Many thanks! Keep the delicious recipes coming! : )
Hi Barbara, so glad you are enjoying 🙂 I don’t provide nutritional info for recipes, but you could use an online tool like https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076
Make sure to click the recipes tab in my menu bar to see all recipes!
Hi! These look so yummy. I purchased some raw maca powder and put it in my smoothies and loved it. I was reading about raw vs gelatinized and got confused about some differing opinions. Is it ok to consume the raw maca daily?
Hi Tara, i’ve always just used regular old ground maca. I’ve never heard of gelatinized. It is ok to use it daily in most cases, but raw maca is goitrogenic (contains substances that may affect thyroid) so I would not recommend using raw maca regularly if you have hypothyroid.