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Energizing Maca Chocolate (Dairy-Free)

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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.

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Benefits of Maca + Chocolate

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.

What’s so great about 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”.

Ketogenic Maca Chocolate Recipe

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.

Optional Add-ins:

  • shredded coconut
  • chopped nuts (hazelnut, macadamia, almond)
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • a small amount of sugar-free cranberries

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.

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keto chocolate maca squares

Energizing Maca Chocolate (RAW, Dairy-Free, Ketogenic)

Fuel up on a dose of healthy fats in these sugar-free Energizing Maca Chocolates. Let the heritage maca root help you adapt to stress and manage the day with the cool, calm, collected attitude you aspire to!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 106kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt oil and cacao paste in a double boiler over low heat.
  • Whisk in nut butter. Add maca, collagen, vanilla, stevia, and salt. Continue to whisk until completely combined.
  • Remove from heat, cool slightly, and pour into the desired mold. Place in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill. Store in the refrigerator.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Energizing Maca Chocolate (RAW, Dairy-Free, Ketogenic)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Responses

  1. mary lily
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    5 stars
    What is the serving size for this recipe.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Hi Mary, I update the nutritional information for 8 servings.

      Per serving: Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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