What is Maca and 16 easy Maca Latte Recipes and Smoothies to Enjoy its Benefits
Better get used to hearing about maca latte, smoothies and maca overall, as it has reached the stardom in the market of superfoods.
Maca is a herbaceous plant that has been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes for almost 2,600 years. Peru is the country which produces 90% to 95% of the maca sold internationally, although it is also produced in Bolivia and Ecuador on a much smaller scale.
The properties of the maca have placed it on a pedestal, as it increases strength and libido, endurance, sports performance and the feeling of general well-being. Maca is an adaptogen, so it helps the body adapt to stress situations by decreasing the hormone called cortisol. On the other hand, it regulates and increases the function of the endocrine system, the glands that produce the hormones necessary for essential body and metabolic functions such as fertility, sexual function, digestion, brain and physiology of the nervous system, and energy levels.
Gustavo F. Gonzáles Rengifo, biologist and endocrinologist director of the Laboratory of Endocrinology and reproduction of the Faculty of Sciences and philosophy of the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia, has been studying maca for over 15 years.
In 2010, he and his team of scientists investigated the results of maca consumption in people in the Central Andes of Peru, a native region producing this plant since ancient times. Scientists took a sample of 1,000 inhabitants of the area and compared the health of those who did not consume maca to those who did. The score of regular consumers over 75 years of age was such that they did not seem to have actually aged.
The expert believes these benefits of the plant are due to the hostile conditions in which it grows, since it is grows at 4,000 meters above sea level, where almost nothing else grows. Peruvians have been cultivating it for at least 2,600 years, and that only shows how much have this plant contributed to their survive thru all this time.
Maca is quite accessible in its powder form nowadays. You can buy it in health food stores and use it in hot and cold drinks, and it’s even a great option for baking as it has a light nut earthy flavor.
Maca: a Healthy Stimulant
The maca latte is an excellent alternative to coffee. A full featured breakfast that combines several supercharging natural ingredients to start the day with extra energy boost.
Maca and coffee Energy Smoothie Recipes
Do you want to try an easy super powerful energy smoothie? I invite you to try this spectacular recipe.
I must admit, I’m becoming addicted to maca, it’s nutritious, tasty and energizing. It’s basically ideal for runners and fitness enthusiasts.
That is why today I wanted to first share this recipe for an energy smoothie for runners, a maca milkshake, before we get to the other maca smoothie recipes below.
The maca and Coffee Shake I will show you now, is a cold drink based on maca and coffee. A very simple and quick recipe.
All you’ll need is a blender, lots of ice and the ingredients shown below.
- Instant coffee (2 tablespoons)
- Maca (3 tsp)
- Milk (1 glass)
- 1 tsp sucralose, stevia or honey (to taste )
- Cinnamon (a teaspoon)
Follow the steps below and enjoy a maca and coffee smoothie, perfect for use before or after running or gym workout.
1. Put the ice and half a glass of milk in the blender. (Use a full glass of ice). Blend well.
2. Add the rest of the milk, the coffee, the maca, the cinnamon and re-blend for just a few seconds.
Your energy shake is ready!
THE BENEFITS OF THE MACA LATTE AND COFFEE SMOOTHIE
Due to the ingredients we use to prepare this smoothie, its nutritional value is very high.
Maca is a root plant native to Peru with some interesting benefits especially for long distance runners.
Historically, maca has been known to have been used by the incas to increase energy, stamina, and recovery time.
In addition to its benefits for physical performance, maca has also been associated with increased sexual desire and performance.
Maca has a high carbohydrate content and therefore its energy input is significant.
On the one hand, milk contains: carbohydrates (lactose) in amounts similar to many sports drinks; proteins (mainly casein) with slow digestion and absorption; and high natural concentrations of electrolytes, which we lose when we run and sweat.
As for coffee, caffeine reduces fatigue, increases concentration and alertness, and increases performance in aerobic and anaerobic activities.
Caffeine reduces stress perception (approx. 29%), so it can help runners withstand higher intensities training, which can mean an improvement in performance of 11.2%.
Caffeine after running can help you recover faster, as it can speed up the replacement of the glycogen used when running.
Easy Maca latte recipe
This is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy maca and take advantage of its invigorating properties. When combined with vegetable milk, maca allows you to prepare a healthy alternative to coffee that will comfort you at any time of the day and will provide you with a gentle and steady supply of clean energy(no crash or jitters) .
Macato is a maca latte that has all the stimulating features we desire from the best cappuccino. It is prepared with maca powder and other superfoods, making it much more nutritious, as well as light, healthy and totally vegetable based.
To sweeten it, I suggest you use coconut sugar, a sugar with a lower glycemic index than classic sugar. Also a little powdered lucuma, a dehydrated fruit that naturally brings sweetness and is recommended to people with diabetes.
The corn gives this maca latte a little bit more color and makes it look nice, in addition to the antioxidant power of its anthocyanins.
Ingredients for 2 people
- 2 glasses of warm or hot almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- half a spoonful of lucuma
- purple corn mean
- 1 or 2 cloves
- 2 tablespoons of coconut cream, oats or rice (optional)
- cocoa for sprinkling (optional)
- Simmer the almond milk along with the cloves and the cinnamon, so that it infuses and absorbs the aromas properly.
- Once hot, remove the spices.
- Pass the milk through the blender along with the other ingredients: maca, sugar, lucuma and golden corn.
- To give it a gourmet touch, beat the coconut cream or cream you have chosen, until it gets a little consistency.
- Spread the cream over it, like a cappuccino, and sprinkle with some cocoa.
Why you should include maca smoothies and lattes recipes in your diet
Maca is an Andean superfood having amazing benefits for your body, brain performance and overall health, here are just a few:
- Promotes fertility.
- Relieves symptoms of menopause, menstruation, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- It acts as a natural aphrodisiac for both men and women.
- It’s a great ally against stress and fatigue.
It can be purchased in specialized stores as dehydrated powder or extract capsules. Maca powder can be easily added to your recipes and everyday diets. It is ideal for mixing with vegetable or cow milk and preparing drinks or smoothies that fill you up with energy.
So, next we’ll share few recipes with you to start your journey in exploring the world of maca. Here we go!
Maca latte in the morning
You can add a tablespoon of maca to a cup of hot water to replace the morning coffee or make this drink with almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- few cocoa seeds
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 1 pinch of salt
Heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils, then add the vanilla extract. Mix the maca, cocoa seeds, cinnamon, coconut oil and salt together. Add in almond milk and mix until you get a nice foam.
Easy Vegetable-Fruit Maca Smoothie Recipe
You can easily add a spoonful of maca powder to smoothies, cereals and oatmeal.
- 1 cup of spinach
- half a cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 slice of ginger
- 1 green apple
- 1 tablespoon of maca powder
- In a blender add water and all ingredients. Mix and serve.
Maca oatmeal and almond milk overnight oats
- 4 tablespoons of maca oatmeal
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Sugar to taste
- Prepare the ingredients.
- Boil the maca oatmeal in some water for three minutes.
- Empty the mixture into a cup. Add almond milk, sugar and the vanilla extract
- . Mix well and enjoy.
Maca with milk and chocolate
Ingredients for 3 cups
- 3 tablespoons of maca
- 1 cup milk
- optional: dark chocolate
- Pour water into the pot with a little bit of cinnamon and 2 cups of water
- Add at least 3 tablespoons of maca. You have to try it occasionally, so you don’t get a bitter taste.
- Stir very well to break any lumps.
- When it’s ready, add the milk. Let it boil a little and it’s ready.
And it’s ready to drink! If you feel that it has come out with a slightly bitter aftertaste, you can add more milk. Until you have a sweetness that you like.
I added some chocolate, just as my friend recommended, the chocolate is a dark natural one and I love it, the combination is very yummy.
Breakfast with maca, oatmeal and matcha!
- 60 gr maca
- 1 glass milk
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- cinnamon to taste
- a pinch of dried orange peels
- in a pot add milk, maca, oatmeal, cinnamon, cloves and the orange peel
- cook until you see that it starts to thicken, add more milk so it doesn’t get too thick
- When it is almost add the honey and the matcha then stir well
- now serve and enjoy a great energizing breakfast
Banana Maca and Cinnamon Smoothie
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 Banana
- 1 tbsp maca
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- I used a store bought vanilla-flavored milk, but it can be made with any other type of milk you like. Place the sliced banana with the rest of the ingredients and blend in a blender!
Maca comes from a plant, which is very nutritious. The more ripe, the sweeter the maca will be.
Papaya with Chia and Maca Smoothie
- 1/4 Papaya
- 1 teaspoon Chia
- 1 teaspoon Maca
- 1 glass of yogurt
- 1 glass orange juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 banana
- 1/2 glass whole milk
- Chop and put everything in the blender
- blend all ingredients
- Serve and enjoy
For making a great fruit or vegetable juice you can check these easy masticating juicer recipes.
Fruit Smoothie with chia and Maca
- 1/4 slice of melon
- 1 tablespoon chia
- 2 large glass of milk
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon of maca
- 1 glass hot water
- 1 spoon flax seeds
- The chia must be soaked in hot water, you’ll start to see it gets more gelatinous.
- Add the slice of melon, the sliced banana, the flax seeds in the blender.
- Then pour the chia with all the liquid in which it has been soaking.
- Add some honey to taste, I threw almost 3-4 spoons of honey, as I really like honey
- Then add the maca and the milk.
- Now blend everything
And it’s ready for you to enjoy!
Pinky Maca Smoothie Bowl
Delicious super nutritious breakfast that will give you a great boost of energy
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup oatmeal soaked
- 6 strawberries
- 1 tbsp maca
- 1 pinch turmeric
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sesame seed to decorate
- Blueberries to decorate
- 1 granola (energy) ball
- Blend the milk with the sliced strawberries. Strawberries may be frozen for a more creamy texture
- Add the oats, the cinnamon, vanilla and turmeric powder
- Add maca and blend well
- Decorate with sesame and blueberries
Maca Frappuccino Recipe
Ingredients for 1 person
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tsp sugar-free instant coffee
- 1/2 cup of ice cubes
- Put the ice cubes, the milk, Maca and instant coffee in a blender
- Blend on high
Enjoy yourself cold refreshing Maca Frappuccino 🙂
Aloe Vera-Orange-Maca Smoothie Recipe
Delicious and healthy!!
Looking for options to consume more aloe vera? Bellow is your solution.
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 peeled orange
- 1 tbsp Black Maca powder
- 1.5 cups spinach
- 1 cup various tropical fruits and berries
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 2.5 cups natural spring water
- 1/3 stalk celery
- 1/2 cucumber
- Just blend all the ingredients on high and enjoy 🙂
Creamy and energizing smoothie. I decided to sweeten it with a strawberry-raspberry-pomegranate jam that gave it a nice touch too. The more the better :-).
Hot chocolate smoothie with maca powder recipe
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Try this hot chocolate maca powder recipe and you’ll love it… This superfood, also called “Peruvian ginseng”, would bring to the body what ginseng brings to the mind . A true hormonal regulator, it strengthens energy capacities and helps fight fatigue and anemia.
Ingredients for 2 persons
- 40 ml. Milk
- 2 tbsp. Cocoa
- 1 tbsp. Maca
- 1 to 2 tbsp. Honey or brown sugar
- 1 pinch Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Salt
- 2 tbsp.Whipped cream
- Dark chocolate chips
Reserve about 10 ml of milk in a large cup or bowl. Simmer the rest in a saucepan.
Add the cocoa, maca powder, salt and cinnamon to the cold milk cup. Mix with a spoon or a small whisk until you have a homogeneous paste, then sweeten with a tablespoon of honey (or sugar). Add an extra spoon for a very sweet chocolate.
Over low heat, gradually whisk the cocoa mixture into the hot milk. Then let heat up 2 to 3 min while stirring. Serve steaming and enjoy.
Suggestion: for the most yummy experience, add chocolate chips and whipped cream to the surface of the hot chocolate. Guaranteed creaminess…
I consume “adaptogenic” plants every day and recently realized that I had never dedicated an article to them on the blog. So today I present to you one of my favorite morning drinks, which includes some of the adaptogens I consume most often in my daily life.
Many of you have contacted me saying that you want simple recipes, make them with everyday ingredients that are easy to get.
Well, I know that ashwagandha and pine pollen really don’t run the streets and are still very hard to find, especially for those who live in more remote areas. But I firmly believe that the more demand there will be for somewhat more obscure ingredients like these, the more accessible and mainstream they will become.
Adaptogens are a unique class of plants that have been used for thousands of years to support and promote health and wellness. They function primarily as regulators and help the body adapt to changing situations and different stressors – hence their name ” adaptogenic “. In addition to helping manage stress and anxiety, they also help with hormonal balance, promote good mood, and support the immune system.
Because we live in a society where stress is omnipresent, I am convinced that everyone can benefit from the addition of adaptogens in their diet. If you think you have adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems or any kind of stress, I strongly suggest you to try them out. However, pregnant women should be careful and consult their physician before using any adaptogens or supplements.
Some of the adaptogens are well known already like maca, ashwagandha, the holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola, ginseng, licorice root, pine pollen, mucuna pruriens, and some medicinal mushrooms like chaga, reishi or cordyceps.
Adaptogens are available in various forms, including powder, dyes, capsules and herbs. My favorite ways to consume them are as tea (buying dried herbs), or as powder that I can easily add to my smoothies, oatmeal and morning elixirs (like this one!).
This Hazelnut Latte contains ashwagandha (great for stabilizing thyroid function and supporting the immune system), Pine pollen (a complete natural protein that helps improve libido and regulate hormones), and maca (perfect for supporting mood and giving you energy). This beverage is creamy, comforting and absolutely delicious, in addition to being packed with healthy properties. A wonderful way to deal with the stress of the day and get it off to a good start.
Notes: I use organic hazelnut butter and it is by far the most delicious I have tasted. It makes this little elixir particularly divine. I highly recommend it, but of course any other hazelnut butter(or homemade) will also work. As for adaptogens, you can use the ones you have at hand. I buy my adaptogens in natural food stores, but you can also find them online.
Adaptogenic Hazelnut Anti-Stress Latte (Vegan) Recipe
- 1/2 cup vegetable milk I used homemade almond milk
- 1/3 cup infused coffee or instant coffee of your choice
- 1 tbsp hazelnut butter
- sweetener of your choice or 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup
- Adaptogens (optional, or of your choice )
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder
- 1 tsp Pine pollen Powder
Start by heating the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Don’t worry if it breaks up or starts forming lumps, as it’ll be blended in the blender.
Once the mixture is hot, transfer to a blender with hot coffee, hazelnut butter, sugar or sweetener of your choice and the adaptogen powders.
Blend at high speed until the mixture is creamy and foamy. Give it a taste and add a little more sweetening as needed. Pour into a cup and serve immediately.
Black sesame Iced Maca latte Recipe
I’ve had a mini-obsession with black sesame seeds for quite some time. It started when I had a black sesame latte earlier this winter in a coffee shop here in L.A. It was so delicious, I dreamed about it for days. Then there was this tempeh bowl with black sesame sauce. Then my friend posted this beautiful coconut sesame black ice cream on her Instagram account (I still hope she’ll share the recipe soon ;)).
Here I combined the powder with vegetable milk (I used homemade cashew milk, but any milk will do quite well), a few dates to sweeten slightly, a bit of coconut butter for a smoother texture, and a touch of vanilla and cardamom to enhance the flavors. It changes the way you experience traditional latte and it’s really delicious! I hope you try it!
Notes: you will find black sesame powder in Asian grocery stores. You can also do it yourself at home.
- 1 1/4 cup vegetable milk (almonds, cashew, coconut, etc.)
- 1 1/2 tbsp black sesame powder
- 2-3 very tender pitted dates (or more to taste)
- 1 tbsp coconut butter (optional, but adds a nice creamy texture)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp Maca
- Mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Taste and adjust by adding more dates (or honey) if desired.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice. Sprinkle black sesame seeds if desired, then serve.
Another exotic and trendy Iced latte you can and should try is the dalgona coffee. You’ll be amazed, I promise ;-)!
Do you already use some adaptogens? If yes, Have you noticed a difference or do you feel their benefits? Let me know by leaving a comment below!