No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons

No-bake Maca-roons

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. Photos by Evan Atlas.

No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons
Recipe type: No-bake sweets
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20 to 24
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.
  • ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • ½ cup nut butter or tahini
  • ½ cup Medjool dates (about 8 to 10)
  • ¼ cup maca powder (or see note)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao or organic cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, plus more for rolling
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste
  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls. Put a small amount of extra coconut on a small plate. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.
  4. 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.

No-bake maca-roons

No-bake maca-roons recipe

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  • Reply
    August 17, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Could you just use almond flour rather than grind up the almonds?

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      August 17, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Absolutely, Diane! I hope you enjoy these.

  • Reply
    November 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    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

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    December 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

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

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      December 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      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.

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    February 5, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Hi there, I was just wondering what the calorie amount is for these yummy looking balls.
    Thank you

  • Reply
    February 9, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Hey there, can we freeze these snacks for easy storage?

    • Reply
      February 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Toni, I think these would freeze well, so go for it!

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    April 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    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

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      April 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      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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    September 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    These remind me of my ‘John the Baptist Balls’ named for the inclusion of Carob (St John’s bread) & dates!
    I use both carob & cacao powder
    1/3 ripe banana
    6-7 dates
    1/2 C gogi beries
    1/4 C cacao nibs
    sometimes 1/2 C sunflower seeds, soaked overnight (so nut free, for those who need to avoid nuts)
    vanilla, a sprinkle of sea salt
    the maca would be a great addition!

  • Reply
    September 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    (and the 1/2 C coconut!!

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