Need some energy, low carbs, something delicious and high in plant based protein? Well, look no further. Check out my Raw Maca Root Spicy Peanut Butter cups. Here’s the deal on these peanut butter cups, a girl needs her sweets, but I don’t need the extra calories. So, these babies were birth into my world out of my desire for candy. Lol.
I believe healthy eating and living is all about enjoying life to the fullest, even if it’s t just a little piece of chocolate. Enjoy it with your whole being.
These cups are loaded with flavor and they are very healthy for you. The key ingredient, Maca Root.
Here’s some awesome information on Maca root Maca Root WebMD
Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.
Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility.
Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system. In foods, maca is eaten baked or roasted, prepared as a soup, and used for making a fermented drink called maca chichi. In agriculture, it is used to increase fertility in livestock.
I have used Maca root for hormonal imbalance and to help increase my energy levels. It has worked wonderfully. I strongly suggest before using any supplement to consult your primary care physicians. Maca root has been known to increase estrogen levels in people that are estrogen sensitive.
So, back to the recipe, I also added a little cayenne pepper in these peanut butter cups to give some heat, to warm the body up, to help with blood flow and help promote fluid elimination. These are great for pre and post workout. I hope you enjoy them. I would suggest eating one and see how your energy is flowing, before consuming more.
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
1/3 coconut nectar, or you can use maple syrup
1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of sea salt
6 teaspoons peanut butter
2 tsp maca root
For the chocolate:
Whisk together the ingredients until smooth. Pour about 1 teaspoon of the liquid chocolate into the bottom of 6 mini cupcake papers or more to make sure you cover the bottom and have some coming up the sides. Put in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Remove from freezer. Add a scoop of 1 teaspoon of peanut butter onto each chocolate base, then cover with the remaining liquid chocolate. Put in the fridge 20 minutes minutes to harden. Remove mini cupcake papers and Enjoy!