maca energy balls

[RECIPE] Maca Coconut Energy Balls

These maca energy balls contain superfood ingredients to boost energy and sustain it during activity. They can be eaten anywhere and anytime of the day which makes them an excellent snack, pre-exercise meal, or sweet treat.  The maca, Medjool dates and goji berries provide an energy boost and combined with all other ingredients this recipe is a good source of fuel (29 grams of carbs per serving), vitamins, minerals and powerful phytonutrients. 

Maca root has a malty, earthy and nutty taste which promotes balance in the body (especially to the hormones!) and provides a natural boost of energy.  This root has been used for centuries to provide a sustained source of energy to those who consume it.  It’s also classified as an adaptogen so it helps the body adapt to physical and mental stress. That is why maca energy balls work like a charm.

Goji berries come from a shrub that is native to China and provide a complete source of protein, vitamins, minerals and a bunch of anti-oxidant phytonutrients. They have also been found to improve oxygen uptake and help break up lactic acid by increasing the production of lactate dehydrogenase (the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactic acid).

This recipe calls for forming balls of dough but since there is no baking involved, you can form them into any shape you want.  I would also recommend freezing a few of these in the summertime and throwing them in your cooler for a treat for days where you need a quick pre-game snack during a long race, tournament or double-header.

maca energy balls

Maca Coconut Energy Bites

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Instructions

    1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender until a dough forms. Form dough into 12 balls, roll in shredded coconut and place in an airtight container for storage.
    2. Place in the freezer for an hour to set before serving.
    3. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 2 bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2.5g

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