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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca - Vegan, No-BakeChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca - Vegan, No-Bake

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 with Maca - Vegan, No-Bake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca - Vegan, No-BakeChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca - Vegan, No-Bake

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:

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
taste amazing
made with minimal ingredients
nutrient-dense
perfect pre-workout
great on-the-go
makes a healthy dessert
totally customizable
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!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca - Vegan, No-Bake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Maca

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 16-18 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in a high-powered blender or food processor and mix until broken down.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pule a few times to mix through.
  4. Roll the dough into 16-18 balls and store in the fridge.