Maca Love Bites!

These treats are incredibly delicious and so easy to prepare. The simple combination of a few ingredients results in a fantastically luscious indulgence. Given that these ingredients are all possessed of aphrodisiac qualities, I recommend preparing these balls to serve to someone whose company you find especially pleasurable!

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Maca is an herbaceous plant that grows high in the Andes mountains, where its powdered root has been consumed both nutritionally and medicinally for thousands of years. Known to enhance libido as well as strength, stamina, and endurance, this sweet-tasting and nutrient-rich relative of the radish is gaining world-wide popularity amongst health enthusiasts today.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp raw maca powder

1 cup dry cashews

1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, gently melted

1 vanilla bean, minced as finely as possible

1 cup shredded coconut flakes

TO PREPARE:

Blend all ingredients except the shredded coconut together slowly in a high speed blender (I used a Vitamix) or a food processor, scraping the sides and processing until smooth. The melted coconut oil should enable the Vitamix to blend on a low speed- if it sticks you can add a bit more oil.

Once these ingredients are smooth, stir in most of the coconut by hand, reserving some to roll the balls in. Form balls with your hands, or roll out the dough and cut cookie shapes.  Next roll or pat the balls in your reserved coconut to coat them so they are not sticky to handle. I also made some dipped in chocolate sauce which forms  a shell when refrigerated.Imagehailand this is a luxurious thick liquid, but you can also use the dried crystals)

Once your balls or cookie shapes are formed, dip one side in chocolate sauce, and chill until firm. Enjoy!

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