If you’re craving for a chocolate dessert or snack, try this no-bake vegan chocolate maca brownies. These gluten-free goodies are rich and fudge-like, and they taste even better after you store them in fridge. Not to mention, this recipe has a nice dose of maca powder, which not only lends its malty flavor, but its energy-boosting benefits. No cooking is required for this maca brownies and it will not lose all the superfood’s amazing benefits.
Maca or the maca root is a member of the cruciferous family with broccoli and cabbage. Maca is a safe, yet potent superfood. The maca root benefits include a positive effect on hormone balance, energy levels, booster of stamina, improved focus and memory.
Satisfying, rich and decadent tasting, these healthy no bake maca brownies are naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
- 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 cup Pitted Dates
- ½ cup Raw Walnuts
- ½ cup Raw Pecans
- 1 tablespoon Maca Powder
- 1 tablespoon Almond Butter
- In a bowl, soak 1 cup of dates in water for 2 – 3 hours.
- Strain and place the dates to the food processor.
- Add 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup of pecans in food processor.
- Add 1/3 cups of cocoa powder and 1 ts of Maca powder. We also added a tsp of almond extract and half tbs of coconut oil to thicken the mixture.
- Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
- Turn mixture out into prepared baking pan. Place in freezer or fridge for 4 hrs to chill before cutting.
You can also refrigerate these brownies for a few weeks, or you can freeze them for up to 2 months or more. You can enjoy them for dessert or as pre- or post-workout snack.
Maca Fun Facts:
- Maca is grown high in the mountains of South America, mainly in high altitude regions of Peru.
- Another unique fact about maca root is that historically it has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional fertility secret of populations living in the Andes.
- The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black.
- Maca may help reduce the number and severity of migraine headaches by helping balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.