What do you prefer, cooking or baking? I definitely prefer cooking. It allows me to be unplanned and improvise – throwing things in here and there. Baking and using all my measuring equipment to be precise just cramps my style. I’d rather eyeball or do a pinch or a nub of this and that. So that’s why I like the happy medium of making no-bake paleo-style treats, like this no-bake brownie.
With Valentine’s day around the corner, I thought I’d share the requisite chocolate recipe that includes a health boosting ingredient known for its powers in the libido department and other benefits for your wellbeing ;).
These little brownie bites pack a chocolatey punch and deliver rich little morsels of deliciousness. And don’t tell me I didn’t warn you but the magical powers of maca.
What is Maca?
This powerful Peruvian root has been cultivated for over 2,000 years. It’s an adaptogenic herb which is a type of plant that adapts to provide what our body needs. Amazing right? They help balance hormones and stress response. This is why you are hearing so much about adaptogenic herbs lately as they are wonderful for supporting our body’s balance which is often pushed to the edge in our stressful modern life.
Maca is also known to boost energy and stamina, balance female hormones and is considered a “superfood” because if its nutritional density.
As with any medicinal herb, use Maca with care and be mindful of how it makes you feel. You might be surprised at the surge of energy you get from one of these little bites!
For another chocolate maca combo recipe, try this Maca Mexican Hot Chocolate, perfect for warming up this winter!
No Bake Maca Brownie Bites
Delicious no-bake brownie dessert with adaptogenic power herb Maca.
- 1 cup walnuts
- 8 medjool dates (de-seeded)
- 1/4 cup raw cacao
- 1/4 cup nut butter (e.g. almond butter)
- 1 tsp Maca
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch pink himalayan salt or sea salt
In a food processor or Vitamix, pulse the walnuts so that it becomes super fine, like a flour. Be careful not to pulse too long as it will turn into a paste.
Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until all the ingredients are combined. Again, don’t over do it.
Line a 9″ brownie baking pan with parchment paper. Add the mixture in and press into the pan. You are shaping the brownie bites in the pan.
Place the baking pan in the freezer for an hour.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
Note: Soak medjool dates for about 10 minutes if they are dry
Recipe Adapted from KrissCarr.com