Chocolate Maca Treats and Bean Salad

by Sasha on March 8, 2011

Last night I decided to try a new recipe from a book that I took out from the Library called Everyday Raw. Raw cashews can be used in so many raw dishes that it is sometimes hard to decide what to make. I decided to try something new.

This truffle recipe uses maca which is a Peruvian root. It has kind of a mild or bitter butterscotch taste. You can find it in bulk or in capsules. It is often used with chocolate dishes like this or in hot chocolate drinks. I like the idea of this recipe, but I think the next time that I do it I will change a few things. For me it is a lot of maca and I might like it more if there was a little less. Really you could take the base of the chocolate and cashews and add your own flavor profile. I did love the texture of the dough that it created. However it was a little harder to clean out of the vitamix.(tip-scrape all you can out of the Vitamix then instead of washing with soap and water add almond milk to help remove all the chocolate and then you have a little bit of a bonus..Chocolate Milk)

I adapted the recipe and cut it in half. I usually cut the recipe in half when it is new just in case I don’t love it then I haven’t wasted a lot of high quality ingredients. This recipe uses maca and cacao powder.

Then some cashews, coconut oil, sweetener and vanilla powder.

Blend well. It takes a while to blend. I had to adapt the recipe and add some water to get it going. I also cut the sweetener down and replaced it with water. It turns into this thick dough. Scrape out and place dough in freezer for an hour or two.

Then roll into balls and coat with Maca. Note this is messy. If you plan on doing half chocolate and half dipped in maca, it is good to keep them separated. As you can see the maca powder gets everywhere.
My daughter Blyss was my little helper. We were covered in chocolate!!

Then….my sister Michelle came over and dropped off some lettuce and bean salad. This was great as my husband was out of town and I had no car and was craving a salad.

Top your lettuce with bean salad. There is a dressing on the bean salad so just put a huge scoop of the beans right on top of the salad.

Michelle’s Bean Salad (non raw version)

Ingredients
Apple Cider Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Sweetener

Kidney Beans
Chick Peas
Onion
any other bean you would like to add


Enjoy!!! Yum. Even my daughter who is a picky eater loved this bean salad.

I am really getting excited to share a lot of the things that I am learning about raw food. I am studying at night and I am almost finished taking David Wolfe’s Ultimate Raw Nutrition course. It has been really interesting and I have been learning a lot about the body and raw foods. I also have a few other courses to finish up in the area of cleansing and detoxing.(more about that later).

Please let me know if there is anything specific that you would like me to make or talk about.

Also I would love for you to join us on facebook by clicking the “LIKE” button on the right hand side of the blog. Now off to yoga…wish me luck it is my first class in a long time.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

kelli March 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

deee-lish! have fun at yoga!

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Lauren March 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

Oh yum! Love the bean salad and those treats look so good!m

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Jody March 9, 2011 at 1:39 am

I like to use maca in recipes, as well. I will have to try the chocolate maca treats. They look yummy! Your little helper did good! 😉 Hope you feel rejuvenated after yoga! Namaste. 🙂

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Sasha March 10, 2011 at 4:34 am

Thanks for the comments. Yoga was great…just wish it could be everyday.

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rawkinmom March 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love your recipe for the maca and cacao balls…will your daughter eat the maca? I have to hide it in my kids smoothies because of the bitter taste of it!!! 🙂

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kelly yvonne April 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

These look yummy! I hope my family will like these!
Oh I wish I could find some vanilla powder where I live! I've never seen it!

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Sasha April 2, 2011 at 3:48 am

Kelly, you should be able to find it in your local health food store. Mine is by Advantage Health.

Rawkinmon, my daughter liked the taste of maca. My sister not so much, I like it, but not in huge amounts.

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