Say hey to these chocolate chip cookie dough balls with a secret superfood ingredient for an extra boost of energy! Summer is in full swing so we’ve been super active at my house lately, meaning I need healthy snacks ready to hit the road with us.
Maca as a “Superfood”
A “superfood” is a food that is particularly nutrient-dense, meaning packed with everything from essentials vitamins and minerals to amino acids and phytonutrients. I would consider naturally-energizing maca to be one of these foods.
Maca, or sometimes called“Peruvian ginseng” is a root grown in Peru that’s been consumed for thousands of years for it’s positive effects on energy levels, mood and overall well-being. Most commonly consumed in powder form, maca is easy to add to smoothies, hot cereal and a variety of recipes.
Top 6 Health Benefits of Maca
1. Increased Energy Levels
After consuming maca, people have reported to feel their mood and energy levels lift almost instantly. Just 1 teaspoon daily can help increase energy, stamina, and endurance, making it a great supplement for athletes. If you struggle with fatigue, consider trying maca to see if it helps.
2. Improved Mood
Maca may help to alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety, mood swings and depression by balancing hormones. Some people have also reported an increased ability to focus.
3. Sexual health
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function for both men and women as well as improve fertility and stamina.
4. Women’s health
Maca has been used for generations to help relieve menstrual issues such as cramps, hot flashes, and mood swings.
5. Healthy skin
Maca root helps to nourish the skin and improve collagen synthesis resulting in firmer, softer, more radiant skin.
6. Antioxidant support
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
You guys know I love making no-bake energy balls at Running on Real Food. Some reader favourites have been:
- Maca Mocha Energy Bites
- Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls
- Pecan Pie Balls
- Lime & Coconut Energy Bites
- No-Bake Java Chip Bites
Best part about no-bake energy balls? They’re so easy to make! All you need is a few wholesome ingredients and you can have a yummy snack ready in minutes.
No-bake energy ball recipes
easy to make
made with minimal ingredients
makes a healthy dessert
throw in your favourite add-ins
chop ’em up and add to banana ice cream or smoothie bowls!
chop in half and top with a bit of peanut butter
These chocolate chip cookie dough balls with maca might be my new favourite energy ball recipe. They taste just like cookie dough! I’m totally in love. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
- ¾ cup (100 g) raw cashews
- 1 cup (280 g) packed pitted dates
- 4 tbsp (30 g) maca powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 4 tbsp (45 g) dairy-free chocolate chips
- ½ tsp baking soda (optional but gives it a cookie-dough flavour!)
- Place the cashews in a high-powered blender or food processor and mix until broken down.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and mix until it forms a dough.
- Add the chocolate chips and pule a few times to mix through.
- Roll the dough into 16-18 balls and store in the fridge.
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