No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons

vegan macaroons made with maca

These no-bake macaroons are filled with all manner of nutrient-dense goodies, including nuts, nut better, dates, and of course, coconut. Not to mention a nice dose of maca powder, which not only lends its malty flavor, but its energy-boosting benefits. If you’re unfamiliar with maca, or just want to leave it out, no problem — see the alternative following the recipe.

Makes about 18 to 20

  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup nut butter or tahini
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates (about 8 to 10)
  • 1/4 cup maca powder (or see note)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao or organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus more for rolling
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

Place the almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground.

Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture starts holding together as a mass. If it doesn’t do so after a minute or two of processing (for this depends on how moist the dates are and the density of the nut butter), add just a little water, not more than a tablespoon at a time.

Roll into 1-inch balls. Put a small amount of extra coconut on a small plate. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat. Arrange on another small plate and refrigerate for about an hour, then enjoy!

Note: If you’re unfamiliar with maca or simply don’t want to use it, omit this ingredient and substitute 1/4 cup fine oatmeal or wheat germ.

Vegan no-bake coconut Maca-roons



11 comments on “No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons

  1. KD

    Is there any chance you can advise on the quantities in grams as apposed to cups for me in the UK. I always get confused with these?
    Thanks in advance

  2. Louise

    I’m gluten sensitive and don’t know if I can find maca here in Israel – what non gluten substitute is there?

  3. Nava Post author

    Hi Louise, maca is gluten-free, so that won’t be a problem. Not sure where to find maca in Israel, but you might try a large natural foods store in Tel-Aviv; that might be the most likely source. And if they don’t have it, perhaps they’d special order it for you.

  4. Laurie

    Tasty recipe! That said, I followed the recipe exactly. I used 2 tablespoons of agave, and measured each ball with a ruler to make sure they would be one inch in diameter. That made 32 balls, not 18-20 as stated above! Hence, I recommend changing the size of the balls to 2 inches. Moreover, I recommend stating how much coconut needed for the rolling of the balls. I used 1/3-1/2 cup

  5. Nava Post author

    Thanks, Laurie — I will pay attention when I retest this and give an amount for the coconut. Thanks for your input!

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