Maca for Breakfast

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Maca and Pistachio Pulp Overnight Oats

When Casey and I were home in Texas at the holidays, we went to two or three stores in a search of Maca Powder, which we needed to make Sarah B’s Superfood Haute Chocolate. I was lucky enough to bring home the bags of Navitas Naturals Maca powder and raw cacao powder, and I have been having fun adding them to various kitchen experiments.

Last week, I went on a Maca kick, adding a teaspoon or two to a variety of breakfast dishes.

Maca, cacao, raspberries, and coconut milk + oats

Maca, cacao, raspberries, and coconut milk + oats

Maca is the root of a plant that is native to the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru. The root is ground to make the powder, which was prized by the Incans for its ability to energize naturally. Maca powder contains essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and fiber (more details). The taste is a bit strange at first, but it is somewhat reminiscent of butterscotch, and tastes great in oats, smoothies, and yogurt. I particularly enjoy it combined with ginger and a pinch of cayenne.

I also saw a suggestion for replacing morning coffee with Maca powder mixed with apple cider, and it provides energy without stressing the metabolism first thing in the morning. I might have to try this, as stable blood sugar throughout the morning hours tends to be an issue for me.

Here are a few of the ways I have been enjoying Maca powder in my breakfast creations:

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Oats, maca, and pistachio pulp

Maca and Pistachio Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup pistachio pulp
  • 1.5 teaspoons maca powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • dash dry ginger
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • toppings: pistachios, diced apples
Maca Mango Smoothie

Maca Mango Smoothie

Maca Mango Smoothie

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 2 teaspoons maca powder
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • pinch each dry ginger, cayenne
  • Top with raw buckwheat groats and popped amaranth
Maca Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Maca Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Maca Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons maca powder
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • pinch each ginger and cayenne
  • banana, divided
  • Peanut Butter
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Maca Cacao Overnight Oats

Maca and Cacao Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
  • Frozen raspberries
  • top with sliced banana
Smoothie in a bowl!

Smoothie in a bowl!

Have you ever tried maca powder? Any suggestions for ways to use it?

-L

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3 thoughts on “Maca for Breakfast

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  2. Pingback: SAMMIE KENNEDY | Empowering Women To Live Healthy » Blog Archive » Magic Maca

  3. They sell maca in bulk at Integral Yoga, so I purchased some on a whim, once. I thought it tasted like butterscotch, too, so this concept of apple cider and maca sounds like a natural caramel apple in liquid form. 🙂

    It is also supposed to be an aphrodisiac isn’t it? So maybe those of us who don’t drink much wine can serve THAT at our next romantic dinner? [Not that I intend to have one of those soon.]

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