These mocha maca balls are a great way to use maca powder and a healthy no bake treat you can make in minutes. Using only 4 ingredients you can make these chocolate maca treats to eat as a snack or even a quick breakfast on the go.
You might also like these healthy cookie dough fudge.
Recently I came across an old but popular recipe for a mocha maca matcha drink and mixed up a batch to drink everyday. Well the weather is getting warmer and decided I would try to make that into a no bake treat.
So I made these mocha maca balls as a healthy snack option. They only use a few ingredients and they are a great way for me to add a bit of maca to my life in a tasty way.
And these sweet treats are very filling so I grab one or two for breakfast when I’m in a hurry. I also eat one as an after dinner treat sometimes.
What is maca powder?
Maca powder is one of the superfoods, is made from a Peruvian starchy tuber that looks like a radish. It’s said to enhance memory, energy and mood. Its healthy benefits are said to be good for balancing women’s hormones.
It’s also rich in antioxidants. I can’t testify to its effectiveness but I like taking it for an energy boost and originally to replace my morning coffee. Here is a good article about maca if you are interested.
It’s generally considered safe but if you are pregnant, breast feeding or have a hormone sensitive condition, you should check with your doctor first
Healthy recipe ingredients I used.
I love Divine cocoa powder because it’s low in carbs for my low carb cooking. It also has a richer taste than regular cocoa powder but of course you can use that too. And the dates add natural sweetness or sugar to this recipe and I buy them at Aldi.
The maca powder I bought was Navitas organics and I really like this brand online but you can probably find it in health food stores. But again you can buy whatever you want.
I like ground walnuts in treats like these because they are softer than most nuts and breakdown easier. Plus they have a neutral taste. However you can use almonds, pecans, macadamias though the texture will change.
Almonds for example are very dry and you can remedy this by adding a bit of coconut oil or butter if it’s too dry.
How to make healthy mocha maca balls.
Step 1: Add raw walnuts to a food processor and grind until the mixture is sticky.
Step 2: Add the maca powder to the ground walnuts and pulse to mix through.
Step 3: Now add the dates. Make sure to take out the pit if they have one. If your dates are not soft, soak them in a little bowl of hot water for a few minutes. Reserve water and make sure to dry them off and then put them in the food processor. You might need the water if the dough is too dry.
Step 4: Process until the dates are completely mixed with the nut mixture. Then add the cocoa powder and process for the last time to combine all the ingredients.
If the texture of the dough is still crumbly you can add a bit of water to see if it comes to gather. It should be like a bit drier cookie dough.
Step 5: Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, take the dough out of the mixture and make bite size balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for 3-5 days. (Please scroll down to view the printable recipe card.)
I like to store these in a the freezer, so I put them on a plate and pop them in the freezer for 1 hour to make them harder then take them out and store in a freezer bag.
These delicious energy balls are filling and tasty. I would describe maca powder to taste malty, earthy, nutty with a slight sweetness. The cocoa and dates create a fudgy texture and mask the flavor a bit which suits me. But overall the taste of maca powder doesn’t bother me.
You might also like this matcha mocha maca drink.
And here is my mocha maca matcha drink that make a substitute for coffee. The matcha definitely gives you a caffeine lift without the jitters. It’s another way to use your maca powder. It’s full of other healthy ingredients to. Check it out here.
More healthy bites and sweets.
If you like to make healthy and delicious snacks to have on hand for yourself or your family, here are a few more recipes that I like to make.
- chocolate, honey and tahini balls
- healthy brownie bites
- cookie dough Larabar
- healthy chocolate bark with nuts and seeds
- dried fruit balls
- keto chocolate truffles
- toasted coconut and chocolate coconut protein power balls
I mostly made this recipe for myself but I thought I’d share it for those who are already using maca powder in smoothies and are looking for another way. They are a healthful snack you can make in minutes.
They were really filling and quite tasty to me and I hope you like them too. The nutritional information for 1 delicious maca ball is 84 calories / 5.7g fat / 7.5g carbs / 2.1g fiber / 2.3g protein
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 dates (pitted)
- 1 cup walnuts
- Add walnuts to a food processor and grind until the mixture is sticky to the touch.
- Add the maca powder to the ground walnuts and pulse until well combined.
- Next add the dates but make sure the pits are taken out first. If you dates are not soft add them to a small bowl and cover with warm water and let them soak for a few minutes. Reserve water and make sure to dry them off and then put them in the food processor. You might need the water if the dough is too dry.
- Pulse until they have broken down completely. Then add the cocoa poweder and pulse until combined with the rest of the ingredients. It should look like cookie dough but maybe a bit drier. Take some out and roll into a bowl. If it's too dry add a tablespoon or two of the reserved date water and process again.
- Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to portion out the dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator.
- To store in the freezer, place on a plate and freeze for 1 hour to harden. Then place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. They will stay soft enough to eat right out of the freezer and will keep longer.
The nutritional information for 1 maca ball is 84 calories / 5.7g fat / 7.5g carbs / 2.1g fiber / 2.3g protein
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84