Take your day up a notch with maca energy balls that taste like a decadent dessert — and are so nutritious your whole body will thank you. These maca balls recipe takes up to 25 minutes to whip together and makes a great snack for any time of the day. Without further ado, let’s learn how to make these no-bake maca balls with hazelnuts.
Hazelnut Maca Ball Ingredients
To prepare these maca energy balls, you will need:
- Medjool dates (pitted)
- Rolled oats
- Hazelnut butter
- Maca powder
- Chopped hazelnuts
- Extra chopped hazelnuts (for coating)
How to Make Maca Energy Balls
Once you have all ingredients at hand, prepare your maca balls in four simple steps.
- Add all the mentioned ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture holds together.
- Roll the mixture into 12 (walnut-sized) balls.
- Coat each ball with chopped hazelnuts.
- Store the balls in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 7 days.
And your maca energy balls, serving 12, are ready to devour! Tip: If you’re patient enough to keep them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, you’ll be rewarded with a fudgy texture.
Keep reading for quick answers to frequently asked questions about our maca balls recipe.
What does maca taste like?
Maca is a root veggie native to Peru and has an incredibly unique taste. It is often described as nutty and earthy, with a slight butterscotch-like taste. Simultaneously, some people say that its flavor has hints of maltiness, while others rave about its caramel undertones. Most of the time, maca is used in recipes in powdered form.
How many energy balls should you eat a day?
While it may be tough to resist their fudgy goodness, it is recommended to consume 1-2 maca energy balls per day. This is because maca is known for its energy-boosting properties — up to 2 a day will give you just the boost you need.
How do you keep homemade energy balls from falling apart?
If your maca balls fall apart (or your mixture is crumbly), add water — one teaspoon at a time. You can stop when the mixture comes together and easily forms balls. The trick is ensuring it is moist enough to roll but not too wet.
Health Benefits of These Maca Energy Balls
These maca energy balls are full of nutritious goodness — bringing you several health benefits:
- Improve energy levels (and mood). Studies show that maca is able to fight fatigue in young individuals. Plus, the flavonoids present in maca can reduce anxiety.
- Support hormone balance and help with fertility. Maca helps improve sexual dysfunction, and works wonders for low libido in both men and women.
- Help with menopause symptoms. Several studies show that maca powder can help alleviate symptoms resulting from menopause.
- Aid digestion. The rolled oats added to these energy balls are high in fiber. This helps with digestive problems.
- May improve brain health. Hazelnut butter is packed with healthy fats and lots of vitamins and minerals. These may improve brain health.
- May help regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; these can help keep your blood sugar levels within their recommended range.
Overall, you can expect sustained energy levels throughout the day (great if you feel a lack of energy). You’ll also experience improved digestive health — and an optimal hormone balance. All of that, while consuming plenty of nutrients that are great for your health!
Maca energy balls are super easy to put together (especially considering this maca balls recipe doesn’t need a baking oven) — and, simultaneously, taste absolutely heavenly! If you find yourself craving a sugar-free dessert after meals or a snack when hungry, these maca balls will be your new favorite. Try them to see for yourself!
Hazelnut and maca energy balls
- 1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup hazelnut butter
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture holds together.
- Roll mixture into 12 walnut-sized balls.
- Coat each ball in chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- Store in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to seven days.