What is Maca?? I was asking myself the other day after I caved and bought a “Macasure” dark chocolate bar. I had heard of Maca before and I thought it was just an antioxidant. Although it IS an antioxident I did not realize all of it’s amazing properties until I checked out their website. This is what they had to say about it:
(from the macasure.com website)
A turnip-like cruciferous root vegetable native to the Andean mountains in Peru,
maca is grown at altitudes of 14,000 feet where no other crops can survive making
a resilient plant incredibly rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids,
vitamins and minerals. Used for centuries by native Peruvian for its remarkable health properties, maca has been clinically proven in both men and women to help:
- Balance the hormonal system naturally
- Improve sexual function
- Increase energy
- Reduce stress
Balance hormones & Improve sexual function
Renowned for its hormone-balancing effects, maca has been shown to optimize the hormonal system—without introducing foreign animal, plant or synthetic hormones. Maca regulates the endocrine system addressing hormonal imbalance and its associated symptoms in both sexes to safely:
- Increase libido
- Improve sexual performance
- Alleviate menopause, PMS or andropause symptoms
- Forestall the hormonal changes of aging
Increase energy & reduce stress
Also called ”Peruvian Ginseng”, maca is a powerful adaptogen that helps increase energy and stamina and improve the ability to handle stress. Its remarkable benefits lie in its ability to naturally nourish and rejuvenate exhausted adrenal glands serving to:
- Increase energy
- Reduce stress and its impact on the body
- Control cortisol levels
- Promote restful sleep
- Improve immunity
- Enhance mental clarity
Wow – Increases libido and sexual function… Increases energy, stress control, promotes sleep…
“Maybe I should eat this chocolate everyday” I thought to myself. Okay – chocolate is still choclate but lets try and make something yummy with it!!
So – here it is – Maca-Sutra Cookies… high in protein, fiber, good fats, antioxidents and may increase energy, sexual drive and decrease stress! Well, who knows – but it’s worth a shot i’d say!
1 cup High Fibre Coconut Flour
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder – Organic
1 1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Stevia
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Goat Milk Butter,melted
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
MacaSure Chocolate – Single Bar
1/4 cup Ginger, Organic Crystalized, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with goats milk butter (Just a dab of the butter on a paper towel should do and wipe over entire pan)
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well combined; set aside.
In the large bowl beat egg, egg yolk, and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in the vanilla and melted butter (put in microwave for 30 seconds) until well combined.
With the mixer on low, beat in dry ingredients until combined. Fold in walnuts, chocolate, and ginger.(dough will be stiff).
With moistened hands shape the dough into 20 balls.
Bake until set on top, about 15-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 20 cookies and takes about 30 minutes to make.
Nutritional Information per cookie: 148 Calories, 7.4g Fat, 16.6g Carbs, 7.1g Fiber, 5.1g Protein
Weight Watchers Points: 3