Red Maca Recipes
If you’re looking for some interesting and tasty ways to add red maca powder to your diet, you’re in the right place. In this article we share the top red maca recipes that our customers have sent us over the years. By the way, maca is 100% gluten free and so are all the recipes we share here.
Although red maca powder is the sweetest tasting of all maca colors, some people simply don’t enjoy the taste of maca – no matter the color. Often, these people will purchase maca capsules or liquid maca extracts instead of powders. But maca powders do offer several advantages. The following recipes will give you a way to use these powders effectively.
In addition, putting red maca into recipes is an excellent way to share the energy boosting benefits of this caffeine free, nutrient dense food with the people you care about (without them necessarily even knowing).
Incorporating maca into your diet is easy when adding maca powder to smoothies or other recipes. The most common way to purchase and enjoy maca is in powder form. It’s the most economical because of less labor and materials needed in comparison to capsules and extracts and it’s the easiest to use in recipes.
One note: in order to get the most out of adding maca to your diet, we recommend choosing the freshest maca possible. In our experience, that’s often not available in health food stores since maca can sit around on store shelves for many months. We suggest instead purchasing maca online from a company that cares about freshness (ex. The Maca Team).
Red Maca Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 2 and ½ cups nut coconut milk (or similar)
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 3 teaspoons of red maca powder – raw maca or gelatinized is ok
- 2 dates pitted
- Pinch of salt
- Cinnamon to taste (optional)
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Place ingredients in a small sauce pan and slowly warm to temperature desired.
Red Maca Pancakes
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 3/4 c spelt or buckwheat flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 T maca powder
Preparation: Combine banana, vanilla and milk in high speed blender, blend on highest speed to a smooth liquid. In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and maca. Pour banana milk into dry ingredients, whisk until just combined. Using 1/4 cup scoop, form pancakes onto prepared (buttered, sprayed) griddle over low heat. Pancakes will not bubble, will easily come up to turn after about one minute. Flip and cook another half minute or so, until cooked through. Serve with sliced banana and maple syrup.
Chocolate Cinnamon Red Maca Smoothie
A big thanks to Paula Miller from Whole Intentions for writing and sharing this recipe with us! Here’s what she writes: “I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about today’s recipe. I love maca, I love cinnamon, and I love chocolate. What better way to bring them together than in a health-boosting, super-food, post-workout treat?”
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 15 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons red maca root powder (you can increase this gradually)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch Celtic sea salt
- stevia to taste
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glass and enjoy.
Maca and Chia Smoothie
This recipe is a great way to get two of our favorite superfoods into your diet, maca and Chia. It comes to us from Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski over at Baby Boomster. Thank you Rebecca!
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1 tbsp red maca powder
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon + sprinkling
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Turn on the blender for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
Sourdough Blueberry Maca Muffins
A big thanks to Paula Miller from Whole Intentions for writing and sharing this recipe with us! It’s a great way to introduce anyone to the health benefits associated with using maca products.
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1 1/2 cup homemade yogurt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour
- 1 cup oatmeal (old-fashioned)
- 1/2 cup rapadura
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons red maca
- 3 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- stevia to taste
Directions: Combine sourdough starter, yogurt, coconut oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, oatmeal, rapadura, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, red maca, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt and mix well. Cover the bowl and let sit in the fridge for 24 hours.
When you're ready to bake, take the muffin dough out of the fridge and let come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray muffin pans with coconut oil. Mix in the baking soda, frozen blueberries, and stevia. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for about five minutes, then remove carefully from muffin pan and let cool on a cooling rack.
Maca Energy Snack Bars
A big thanks to Melissa of My Whole Food Life for inventing and sharing this amazing recipe on her blog! This is a great way for plant based eaters to enjoy an uber-healthy and protein rich snack on the go.
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup flax meal
- ½ cup pepitas
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 T red maca powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup almond butter
- ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions: In a food processor, grind the almonds into a course consistency. Add them to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, maca powder, flax meal, pepitas, chia seeds and salt. In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, almond butter and coconut oil. Mix until all are well combined. Add it to the bowl with the dried ingredients. Tear a sheet of parchment slightly bigger than an 8X8 pan. Line an 8X8 pan with the paper. Spread in the mixture and pack down tight . Place in the fridge to set. About 1 hour.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed these red maca recipes and we hope that they help lead you toward healthy hormonal balance and an overall healthy, active and productive lifestyle. You can see more great maca recipes here.
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Thanks, and enjoy the day!
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