Maca and cacao are both heritage staples of the native peoples in the area where we live in Ecuador. Their cultural and historical importance are equally matched with an impressive nutritional profile and numerous mood enhancing benefits. Each nutrient rich bite of this Energizing Maca Chocolate will promote mental clarity and physical well-being.
The recipe below combines maca and raw cacao with a handful of other fun ingredients to produce a delicious chocolatey, sugar-free, low-carb, dairy-free, and ketogenic homemade chocolate. If you have The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook you have probably seen my other homemade chocolate recipes, these Energizing Maca Chocolates are different from any of those because here I add grass-fed beef collagen. This addition takes the mixture from a fudge-like texture and transforms it to a chocolate bar. The collagen acts as a binding agent and gives the chocolate a nice crisp pop to each bite. Collagen also prevents the chocolate from melting so easily (a problem I find with many keto chocolate recipes) and is a source of many nutritional benefits that further enhance the nutrient density of this maca chocolate recipe.
Benefits of Maca:
We love maca! Even after using this herbal adaptogen for more than 7 years, I still get excited about it and think it can have a profound and valued place in a person’s diet. I’ve written about maca extensively in our free ebook Maca: The Andean Adaptogen (get a copy here). To recap, I will provide the following examples of why I like mixing maca into homemade chocolates:
- Contains vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and polyphenols
- Helps the body adapt to external and internal stress
- Assists to balance hormones and the HPA axis.
- Increases fertility, reduces PMS symptoms, and alleviates menopausal symptoms in women
- Brings in more oxygen to the blood, reduces recovery time post-workout
- Boosts energy and stamina
- Clears, sharpens, and focuses the mind and enhances memory
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And now on to the other superstar ingredient in this recipe.
Benefits of Cacao:
Not to be outdone, cacao also offers many nutritional and life enhancing benefits. Do not confuse cacao with cocoa. The cacao we recommend is a 100% natural whole food with no added sugar and comes from organic sources. You can find cacao products in most health food stores, online health markets, and on Amazon.com listed as “raw cacao”.
These interesting facts of cacao make it one of my favorite specialty products:
- Extremely high in antioxidants
- Contains notable amounts of iron, magnesium. calcium
- Elevates mood and positively affects brain chemistry
- Acts as a mild appetite suppressant due to the MAO inhibitors
- Flavonals improve skin, microcirculation, and skin hydration
- Provides a healthy source of both monounsaturated and saturated fat
Do you have The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook?
This maca chocolate recipe is adapted from the original “Fudgy Fat Bombs” recipe listed in the dessert section. In addition to this modification here, I give suggestions on how to enhance the original recipe in the book text.
Finding ways to embrace the variety of options available to those on a keto style, low-carb, high-fat diet is exciting. Try the following ideas to add even more nutrient density to the maca chocolates. Use these additions with the original recipe in The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook or the one posted down below.
- shredded coconut
- chopped nuts (hazelnut, macadamia, almond)
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- a small amount of sugar-free cranberries
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Pour the chocolate into molds of your choice. The pieces photographed here are set in reusable silicon chocolate molds. Mini muffin tins and ice cube trays may also be used to form the chocolate. To make bars or maca chocolate bark, pour the recipe into a glass container like a Pyrex baking dish. Let the chocolate chill and break into pieces with a knife.
Try out these other delicious ketogenic chocolates:
- Dairy-Free Thin Mint Chocolate Pudding
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Bites with Reishi and Shilajit
- Low-Carb Nutrient Dense Mint Chocolate Bar
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