Have you guys ever used maca before? I’m a big fan and I add it to my diet 4 or 5 times a week for it’s wonderful health benefits. Maca is a root plant native to Peru, sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng.”

It’s grown at high altitudes in the mountains of Peru and is most commonly available in powder form. It’s rich in amino acids, phytonutrients and important vitamins and minerals and it’s been used for thousands of years as both a food and a tonic.

Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls - Just a few ingredients, vegan gluten-free. A perfect, energizing, healthy snack!

Maca benefits

Taking 1/2-1 tsp of maca powder daily can help to promote vitality, contribute to a feeling of overall well-being, help to maintain good health, form red blood cells and provide antioxidant support. Maca powder is known for increasing stamina making it popular with athletes but many people notice a general increase in energy levels after adding to their diet.

Maca is also used to address skin issues such as acne, help to balance mood and reduce stress and anxiety, promote sexual function and alleviate menstrual symptoms. It’s rich in vitamins B, C and E as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Sounds pretty great, right?

how to use maca

It’s also really easy to use and adds nicely to smoothies, oatmeal and other recipes. You can also simply mix it into a glass of water but the taste does take some getting used to.

I simply add it to my chia seed oats every morning and it mixes in perfectly. It has a bit of a caramel flavour when you mix it in. It’s also very easy to add it to recipes like these no-bake balls.

Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls - Just a few ingredients, vegan gluten-free. A perfect, energizing, healthy snack!
Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls - Just a few ingredients, vegan gluten-free. A perfect, energizing, healthy snack!

Hemp Seed Maca Balls Recipe

These simple energy balls are made with dates, maca and hemp seeds. That’s all you need. I also added cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt but those are both optional. To make these, simply blend the ingredients into dough using a food processor, roll into balls and enjoy!

There are particularly great pre-workout thanks to the carbohydrates from the dates, fats and protein from the hemp seeds and energy from the maca.

More Energy Ball Recipes

Here are some more yummy energy ball recipes to try:

If you’re looking for more ways to use maca, you can try it in this maca smoothie, these chocolate chip cookie dough balls or maca mocha energy bites.

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Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls - Just a few ingredients, vegan gluten-free. A perfect, energizing, healthy snack!

Raw Hemp Seed Maca Balls

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan

This healthy snack option is packed with nutrients and ready to super-power your day! You only need a few ingredients to make them, they travel well and awesome as a pre-workout snack.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough.
  2. Roll into 10-12 balls.
  3. Store in the fridge in a container.
  4. Optional: try rolling each ball in cacao powder or more hemp seeds! Yum!

Notes

You’ll need soft medjool dates for this recipe. If they’re very dry, try soaking in hot water for 10 minutes, then draining before use.

Keywords: raw, maca bites, bites, plant-based, no-bake, easy, healthy