If you’re tempted to hit the vending machine when the 3 p.m. sugar cravings hit, these maca truffles are the perfect snack for you. Keep some on hand and you won't be tempted to indulge in sugary treats that inevitably lead to a sugar crash. It's rich in the amazing energy-boosting maca root, good fats, blood sugar-balancing spices, and CHOCOLATE! I love making snacks that not only offer therapeutic benefits but are also deeply satisfying.
- 1/2 cup raw maca powder. Maca is an adaptogenic root that helps your body handle stress. It’s known for increasing libido and is nourishing to the adrenals. It boosts energy, balances hormones, improves stress resistance, promotes fertility and is high in B vitamins. It's tasty, too — maca imparts a nutty flavor to foods. I use it in smoothies, baked goods and treats.
- 1/2 cup cocoa or raw cacao or carob powder. Also great for energy and mood, and cocoa is high in antioxidants. Use carob for a little more sweetness, or as a substitute if you can’t tolerate chocolate.
- A pinch of sea salt. Rich in trace minerals.
- 1 cup nut butter. I use almond or walnut. I haven't tried coconut butter, but that might be tasty too. I make my own nut butter by combining walnuts, cashews, and almonds in the food processor. Process it on high, and first it turns to nut flour, but then keep going and you’ll get a smooth, silky and freshly ground nut butter. The nuts provide the good fats, fiber and vitamin E.
- Dash of vanilla for flavor.
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey. Could leave this out if you want totally sweetener free.
- 1 tsp cinnamon. Great for balancing blood sugar, especially if that 3 p.m. crash gets ya!
- Pinch cayenne pepper. I add this for a little kick, and cayenne has the added benefit of being thermogenic — it burns fat!
Make the nut butter in the food processor (or just add it if pre-made), then add the honey and vanilla. Mix all the dry ingredients together separately, then add and process everything together. You could also mix by hand if you don’t have a food processor. Add a little water if needed. Roll into balls and dust with cocoa or carob powder. Chill in the fridge. Makes about 20. Yum!