Adaptogens are having a moment—especially maca powder. While science has yet to give its supposed energy- and sex-revving abilities its stamp of approval, one thing is for sure: It’s pretty damn tasty. So while scientists do their thing, we say add the nutty maca powder into a little bit of everything, or at the very least, these 11 maca-filled recipes.
1. Maca and Coconut Flour Pancakes for One
Pancakes require patience. Pancakes for one, however, can be whipped up in 15 minutes. Talk about a dream come true. These morning treats are made healthy with coconut flour, maca powder, almond milk, and eggs. Top with Greek yogurt for extra protein and heat up frozen raspberries for a low-key, low-sugar spin on syrup.
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Maca Truffles
A sweet tooth can be a hard thing to tame. A good trick: having satisfying, nutrient-dense bites like these truffles on hand. Made with walnuts, dates, peanut butter (cashew butter works well too), cacao, maca, and vanilla, they’re so dense and decadent you only need one or two to curb cravings.
3. Superfood Maca Latte
Coffee is great, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to something different. This superfood latte is caffeine-free, meaning you can enjoy it any time of day (take that, coffee). We love the hint of caramel the maca powder gives it and the warming chocolaty taste from carob powder. Sub maple syrup for the dates if you want to skip the blender, and feel free to add other adaptogens like reishi or ashwagandha.
4. Raw Chocolate Maca Sandwich Cookies
When you want to embrace your inner Cookie Monster but don’t want to fill your home with sugary sweets, opt for a healthier baked good, like these raw cookie sandwiches. With an almond flour and flaxseed base and an almond butter and cacao filling, these treats taste far more indulgent than they actually are. Though you’ll want them all to yourself, share with friends or coworkers to avoiding eating the entire batch in one go. (They’re that good.)
5. Energizing Maca, Almond Butter, and Cacao Overnight Oats
Overnight oats not only make mornings a breeze, but they’re also incredibly easy to jazz up with all kinds of flavor. This recipe uses maca and cacao to give it a sweet and savory kick and almond butter and chia seeds to make it extra filling. We also love mixing in some coffee to give it the ultimate energy boost.
6. Almond Cacao Cookies With Salted Maca Caramel
You had us at salted caramel. And while homemade caramel sauce may have you thinking this recipe is time-consuming, it’s actually pretty straightforward (and well worth the effort). Both the cookies and the topping are made with four ingredients each and stick to simple ingredients like almonds, dates, salt, and water. The only thing worth noting is that they taste best when refrigerated overnight, so make sure to plan in advance.
7. Espresso and Maca Banana Smoothie
This recipe has fewer than 10 ingredients and takes merely five minutes to make—it’s what breakfast dreams are made of. Oh, and it has espresso in it, so you can skip your morning coffee. Simply blend frozen banana, almond butter (any nut butter will do), coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, espresso, and ice in a blender, and drink. How’s that for a stress-free start to your day?
8. Coconut Cashew Maca Granola
It’s hard to beat the ease of buying a bag of granola. But once you go homemade, you won’t go back—especially if you try this maca granola. Made with seven ingredients and only a touch a sweetener (a little maple syrup), this granola is also healthier than most store-bought brands, which are often high in additives like sugar, oil, and salt.
9. Maca Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles
Waffles are one of our favorite weekend treats—especially when they’re filled with dark chocolate chips. Though some waffles can taste more like a cake than a wholesome breakfast, these keep things on the healthier side with coconut flour, raw honey, almond butter, and mashed banana (we also love adding ground flaxseed). Top with coconut cream, sliced almonds, banana, and a dash of cinnamon. (P.S. The batter also makes great pancakes if you don’t have a waffle maker.)
10. Maca Mocha Chia Pudding
This mocha chia pudding is the perfect midday snack for days when you’re dragging. Made with espresso powder, maca, cacao, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, salt, and honey, it’s as delicious as a dessert but without globs of added sweetener. Feel free to sub decaf instant coffee if you’re sensitive to caffeine or add some nut butter and toasted coconut if you want to make it more substantial.
11. Iced Maca Chai Latte
Did you know iced lattes can be as easy as shaking a few things in a mason jar? Simply add vanilla almond milk, chai spice mix, maca powder, and coconut sugar to a jar, top and shake, fill with lots of ice, and sip away. If you don’t have coconut sugar, feel free to sub a spoonful of maple syrup, which tastes great with the chai flavor. ​Is it just us, or will summer mornings never be the same?