Maca Mania

Who knew that maca was the new hot, must-have ingredient? Not I, that’s for sure! Though the $50 iHerb shopping spree was plenty popular, I wasn’t sure if there was more interest in winning, or just getting that cookie recipe! Never fear, I wouldn’t make you lovely people choose between the two, so let’s get the bookkeeping out of the way first, shall we?

The winner is commenter #90, who is Gail, of Cooking at the Pacific Outpost! Congrats, Gail, you’ll be hearing from the kind folks at iHerb shortly. Hope you enjoy that SuperBerry and SuperFruit Blend you were eyeing!

And for everyone else, don’t forget, you can still get $5 off your first order by using the discount code “NAH833“.

Losing may never be so sweet though; These long awaited maca bars will surely soothe the pains of missing out on the contest. One of those flavors that is hard to describe, and even harder to replicate with alternate ingredients, it’s just something you’ll have to try for yourself. Trust me, it’s worth any hardships to find real maca powder, if only to bake these cookies!

Maca Maca Bars

3/4 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tablespoons Maca Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Plain Coconut Kefir (Or Plain Soymilk + 1/4 Teaspoon White Vinegar)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Unsalted Macadamia Nuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, maca powder, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and whisk to combine.

Separately, whisk together the melted coconut oil, sugar, kefir, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and with a wide spatula, stir just enough to bring the two together without too many lumps. Transfer the batter into your prepared pan, smooth out the top so that it fill the loaf pan in one even layer, and sprinkle the macadamia nuts evenly across the top. You may choose to lightly chop them if you feel they’re too large, but I like the visual impact of the whole and halved mac nuts. Use your hands to lightly press the nuts into the batter.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown around the edges, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing.

Makes about 6 – 8 Bars

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43 thoughts on “Maca Mania

  1. Hello Miss Hannah the best vegan,

    Great, I drool the other day on the photo, now that the recipe is online, I’m going to make me happy.
    Can I replace the powdered maca with powder almonds? I do not know if I can find in organic stores … so if I can replace it would be nice :)

  2. Seems like I need to get my hands on maca pretty soon! I actually thought it was just plain healthy and not yummy at all – but just looking at your bars, makes me wanna try it for sure :) Have a lovely day “Miss Hannah the best vegan” :)

  3. oooh, beautiful! i love macadamia nuts. i’ve been putting them in blondies and cookies lately–love it. this maca powder is new to me, so exciting!

  4. My interest in maca stems from the fact that I’ve only ever seen it in raw chocolate, so didn’t really realise one could buy and bake with it! I’ll have to try and find a stockist when I get home, I think!

  5. Interesting. A friend of mine brought me back from Peru a big bag of Maca powder. It was so cheaper over there. But I only used it as a drink, like in Peru. I liked the taste and in bars like yours, I’m sure it is marvellous.

  6. Congrats to the winner! I am going to have to get some of this powder just so I can make these. I am so interested in seeing how it tastes!

  7. Those maca bars look gorgeous ! That’s a great idea to combine its with Macadamia nuts. I’m gonna try it over the week-end. Thanks Hannah !

  8. So I cant help it- its the corny side of me- but do these bars do the maca-rena?

    I bet they are so good and now you have totally piqued my interest!

  9. Ok-just tried it with Bob’s Redmill GF flour and 1/4 t of xanthan gum. SO DELICIOUS…I’ll send you a picture if you’d like :)

  10. I just found your blog and love your recipes.I would like to feature one of your recipes. I have an online store for those with food allergies/intolerances. I showcase cookbook authors/bloggers each week. I use press releases/social media/newsletters to promote, as well as full credit with links to your site. If interested, please let me know. Thank you.

  11. Ah, the recipe looks really tasty. I have been using maca for ages but have not make anything like this. Getting busy :)

  12. I’m a new follower to your blog, but I’m beginning to understand why you are known as the sweetest vegan. I made these bars yesterday and they were delicious! The photo was so tempting, I couldn’t wait until I had all the right ingredients… I subbed vanilla soy + cider vinegar for the coconut kefir and they came out just fine… the texture reminded me of a soft yummy peanutbutter cookie. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes — thanks!

  13. I found the powder of Maca, but I did not buy because it’s extremely expensive! o_O
    For every 100 grams is $ 20, it’s so expensive! Ok it’s organic, but sometimes I find it exaggerated the price of some product!
    But that does not stop me from making this recipe without powdered Maca, too bad :(

  14. Aloha Hannah –

    Thank you for offering the drawing! I’ve received my freebies from iHerb, and they were great – I will definitely order from them again. I even snuck in some Maca so that i can try this recipe :-D

    Mahalo!

  15. […] Hannah has been baking at a very young age and by her senior year in high school, she had and still has one of the more popular vegan cooking blogs around.  As you peruse her blog, you will see some savory offerings, but dessert is her first love.  In fact, she became a published author with the release of her first book, My Sweet Vegan. Comprised of 77 original recipes, Hannah’s book may just be one of a vegan’s go-to books for all things sweet and dessert-like.  Click here for information of how to purchase My Sweet Vegan. Until then, be sure to bookmark her blog to see what other sweet surprises Hannah comes up with. You can find the original post of this recipe here. […]

  16. Excellent recipe and the result looks great and inviting. Love the idea of adding coconut kefir to maca recipe. Must try, thanks for sharing.

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