If you are on the hunt for a quick snack to give you some energy, these Maca bites are the perfect solution! It's no wonder energy bites or balls (as they are sometimes called) are all the rage right now; they are easy to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator - perfect for a grab and go lifestyle. We decided to add in the superfood, Maca into these - so let's talk about why...
The Maca root is actually a cruciferous vegetable closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, and even kale. It's native to Peru and has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and while it boasts a ton of nutritional value, it's worth noting that studies on maca are still in the early stages. We expect to hear even more about this vegetable in the future.
Maca is used mainly after it has been ground into powder form. This turnip-like vegetable is a good source of carbs, protein, and fiber which make it perfect to add to your pre or post workout snack. It is high in Vitamin C, copper and iron and even contains over 20 amino acids - including all 8 of the essential ones.
Maca powder is rich in antioxidants and has been shown to improve energy and mood, balance estrogen levels and boost male fertility. Sprinkle it over oatmeal or in a smoothie or of course use it in these delicious energy bites!
1 cup Cashews
1 cup Almonds
10 dates, pitted
1 T chia seeds
1 T Maca Powder**
2 T cacao powder
2 T almond milk or other non-dairy milk of choice
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T sunflower seeds
optional: shredded coconut, cacao nibs for coating
1.) Process nuts in a high-power blender or food processor until they resemble the consistency of flour. Then add the dates, chia seeds, maca and cacao powder, cinnamon, almond milk and process some more until all are incorporated.
2.) Add the sunflower seeds at the end and pulse leaving these in bigger pieces to add crunch.
3.) Take about a tablespoon full of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat until done, placing the bites on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Roll each in shredded coconut, cacao nibs or just leave plan and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
**We found Maca powder at Whole Foods or you can find it here.