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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

Printable Recipe

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

43 thoughts on “Maca Mania

  1. Ha, I have a jar of maca in my pantry. :D

  2. Those cookies are totally making me drool. I need to find some maca!!

  3. These bars looks like they have such great texture…What does maca taste like? Must be delicious in this combination…

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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” :)

  6. 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!

  7. congrats to the winner! WOW those bars look so good. the last time i had mac nuts was in hawaii, they were chocolate covered and that was way too long ago

  8. this is the best way to loose ever :)

  9. 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!

  10. Ohhh I just bought some macademia nuts! These bars look wonderful!

  11. Those Maca bars look great!

  12. 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.

  13. lovely bars, an interesting recipe, a must try! :)

  14. Man, I missed this one! I had marked it in my reader to enter and then the time got away from me. Oy!

    BTW, Hannah, the aloe vera that I use is tasteless and odorless. It is George’s aloe vera:

  15. I learned something new today, thanks to you!

  16. i’ll definitely be trying these :)

  17. 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!

  18. I’d never even heard of maca but these cookies sure look delicious!

  19. What lovely bars, but I have never heard from Maca before!! What is it???

    they look very tasty though!

  20. ok, i’m sold! i need to try maca!!

  21. Wow, these bars look delicious, but first need to admit that never heard of maca powder…need to look for it :-)

  22. I love maca! It’s awesome.

  23. 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 !

  24. These look and sound amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Please tell these Maca Maca Bars to hurry up and get in my belly! They look so delicious!

  26. My favorite kind of recipe is one that will satisfy my sweet tooth and be a little healthy! Thank you!

  27. 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!

  28. How great to these look? Man can you send some my way, pretty please? 8)

  29. Thank you for the recipe!!! I can’t wait to try it.

  30. I wonder how these bars would taste with gluten-free flour? Have you tried that yet?

  31. I’ve never heard of this ingredient until your post. Very interesting and I’d love to try this out.

  32. 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 :)

  33. 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.

  34. I did! I heart maca to bits. Fave place to find it is in my oatmeal

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

  36. 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!

  37. wow, my house have some aloe vera pots, gonna peel one leave today to try on my face.

  38. 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 :(

  39. 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


  40. You can also use maca in your coffee.. I used have my cup of coffee everyday using it as my powdered mild

  41. I love maca!…going gaga over them…haha

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  43. 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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