This recipe came about because I wanted to play. I’ve not been at home in my kitchen for three months and I didn’t realise how much I missed combining random sugar-free ingredients!
These are little satisfying bites you can keep in the freezer to help curb a post meal ‘something’ fix or a sugar craving. They’re also full of goodness to boost the nutrition density of your day!
Maca almond coconut fudge
Makes 6-8 pieces
- 1 tbls melted coconut oil
- 3 tbls almond butter
- 3 tbls desiccated coconut
- 1 tbls maca powder (omit if you want, see notes below)
- Cacao nibs for topping
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Put into ice cube trays, top with cacao nibs and freeze for 2 hours.
- The combination of ingredients means these don’t go too hard and so can be eaten straight from the freezer in fudge like fashion!
Why use maca powder?
I’ve taken interest in maca powder in the last 6 months and decided to try it. Maca is a root which is traditionally grown in Peru and is usually found in powder or capsule forms. It’s known for being an aphrodisiac and has a growing reputation as being effective for hormonal balance – something that I was working on myself towards the end of last and start of this year (more on this to come).
Looking at the science, the strongest evidence on maca is around it increasing libido, however preliminary research suggests maca can help protect the brain, improve bone health and even improve cognitive ability in healthy people. The science on its hormonal effects isn’t there but there are professionals who swear by it.
Science and others’ options aside, I like to give these things a go myself!
I purchased both some Creative Nature maca powder and some capsules to try as a supplement. Now after taking the supplements for two weeks my hormonal issue (I was suffering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea which you can read lots of helpful information about here), seemed to be relieved and has since not returned. However I was doing lots of other things to help with this (more rest, weight gain, reducing stress etc.) so I’m not really clear what worked. I was just happy that something had finally sorted it and continued to use the maca powder, more than anything these days because I do really like the taste and texture of it.
Hence why I decided to beef up the nutrition of this fudge with the maca addition. You can include or omit it from the recipe quite easily.
Have you been curious about maca powder? Do you use it as supplement at all? Let me know what you think of the recipe.
P.S I know I’ve dropped in my Hypothalamic Amenorrhea lightly into this article and recipe. It’s something I can talk about more but I wanted to gauge how much interest it is to you and if it’s helpful me writing up the whole story?