It seems like maca root has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason! This root is jam packed with immune and endocrine benefits that can help increase your energy, balance hormones, and even help with memory and cognitive function. Before we talk benefits, it’s important to note that maca root is an ancient healing remedy and adaptogen, which means it “adapts” to what ever your body needs. If you are feeling tired, it can pick you up and act as a natural caffeine; if you’re overwhelmed, stressed, and ready to pull your hair out, it can help calm you down.

Maca root has made the “superfood” list, and though we might always be wearing of sly nutrition marketing, I do believe maca has some pretty incredible benefits. Maca contains over 20 amino acids and 8 out of 9 essential amino acids (amino acids are the building blocks of muscle and hormones), fatty acids, and a ton of vitamins and minerals including B1 and B2, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. { For a complete list of minerals, visit this website! }

Along with nutritional benefits, maca root is said to play a large role in hormone function (fertility, testosterone, libido) and physical and mental energy levels (including stamina, endurance, and muscle fatigue). If you didn’t buy the whole “superfood” term before, maybe you might be considering it now!

Maca root is often ground into a powder, which is what we’re going to be using in this recipe, and does not lose any nutritional benefits in the process. With a subtle nutty flavor and holistic benefits, maca powder is a great ingredient to add to bars, balls, and even granola for a super healthy snack! Unlike some superfood products, maca can actually be found at a number of grocery stores and retain chains such as Target, as well as specialty whole/natural food stores. If you love amazon as much as we do, here’s the exact product I use and love – Navitas Organics Maca Powder 

I love having a sweet (healthy) treat in the fridge for late night weekday cravings and these blondies are perfect! They are fluffy, lightly sweetened, and the maca powder adds such great flavor and health benefits. Not to mention packed with healthy fats and natural protein to keep you feeling fuller and energized, longer! These maca blondies are super simple to make and store perfectly in the fridge for up to one week.

I hope you give these a try and don’t forget to tag me using #thehealthiestme so I can see all of your posts!

{ Maca root and maca powder have superfood properties due to it’s adaptogen qualities. Like any superfood, it’s important to note that too much can be harmful to the body and should be consumed in small dosages. }


Vanilla Pecan Maca Blondies

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What You Will Need

  • 2 cups almond flour, 2 tbsp. maca root powder, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 cup unsweetend applesauce, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract and 2 tbsp. honey (+ drizzle for the topping)

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and stir until a cookie dough like consistency forms.

Once evenly combined, carefully pour your batter into a 9×9 baking dish and spread evenly. Feel free to sprinkle a handful of chopped pecans over the batter before placing into the oven.

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Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown in color. Let cool and drizzle with warm natural honey or sweeter of choice! I cut these into 16 “blondie” sized squares but you may cut them larger for bigger portions. Last but not least, enjoy your healthy superfood blondies!

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Vanilla Pecan Maca Blondies
Print Recipe
Maca root is an ancient superfood used for energy, stamina, and hormone balance. These vanilla pecan blondies are the perfect source for these incredible benefits!
Servings Prep Time
16 blondies 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 blondies 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Vanilla Pecan Maca Blondies
Print Recipe
Maca root is an ancient superfood used for energy, stamina, and hormone balance. These vanilla pecan blondies are the perfect source for these incredible benefits!
Servings Prep Time
16 blondies 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 blondies 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: blondies
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and stir until a cookie dough like consistency forms.
  2. Once evenly combined, carefully pour your batter into a 9x9 baking dish and spread evenly. Feel free to sprinkle a handful of chopped pecans over the batter before placing into the oven.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown in color. Let cool and drizzle with warm natural honey or sweeter of choice! I cut these into 16 "blondie" sized squares but you may cut them larger for bigger portions. Last but not least, enjoy your healthy superfood blondies!
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