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Sexy Maca Balls Get a Makeover

Chocolate, cinnamon-y, maca-goodness! These balls are no-bake, totally plant-based (aka vegan) and have been made a gazillion times in the McJordan home. 

If you remember the first version of this recipe, I'm impressed, because that means you've been reading my blog for six years! These Sexy Maca Balls were so popular that they even made it into my first book Joyous Health and they are as loved as my Carrot Cake Balls.

I have to admit, I was kinda over balls and haven't made them in about a year but I recently shared the recipe on a segment I did on The Goods (airing in February) and everyone on set was in love with them! My segment was about smashing sugar cravings and these sexy maca balls were the featured recipe. This inspired me to give them a remake and film a video! See below for that :) 

The key ingredients in this recipe that make them sexy are maca, raw cacao and goji berries.

If you're not a fan of goji berries (they have a distinct flavour), no problem, just swap with dried blueberries or cranberries instead. 

The most noteworthy ingredient in my recipe is definitely maca. Have you ever used it before? I used to put it in my smoothies all the time when I was a personal trainer with the intention of boosting my energy. 

Maca is a well-known and loved adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural substances derived from plants or botanicals that help the body adapt to stress, anxiety and fatigue.

Maca has been used traditionally in South America for over two thousand years to help with stamina, energy and libido. It has also been said to be hormonally balancing and shown promise for improving sexual function in research, hence the name Sexy Maca Balls, teehee! If your sex drive has taken a nose dive, I don't know that maca is the answer. I would say, do everything you can to limit stress first including addressing lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your stress. 

Before I share it with you, I already know what kinds of questions you're going to ask me, so here are my answers ahead of time.

Can you eat these if you're pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, the amount of maca you're likely consuming over the course of day by eating two or three of these balls is not a concern, in my opinion. And yes, I consumed maca when I was pregnant but I was not using it as a natural health supplement. 

Should you have maca every single day if you're pregnant or breastfeeding?

Probably not. There's not enough research to support the safety of maca root during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. 

What maca brand do I recommend?

I used Navitas Naturals in this recipe. You can find it on Amazon here

Okay here's the video and recipe. Enjoy friends!

Ingredients
  • 1.5 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup raw almond or cashews
  • 1/4 cup goji berries or dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8-10 soft medjool dates, pit removed
Instructions
  1. If your medjool dates are dry, I would recommend soaking them for 30 minutes - 1 hour first in warm water.
  2. Toss all ingredients into a high powder blender or preferably a food processor and blend until crumbly.
  3. If the texture is lacking moisture, add a very small splash of water and keep adding until it reaches a texture that clumps nicely into balls.
  4. Rolls into 1.5 inch balls.

Notes

Makes 18 balls.
Troubleshooting:
1. Batter not forming into balls easily? Add a few more medjool dates.
2. Not sweet enough? Add 1 tbsp of maple syrup.
3. What brand of maca should you buy? See my post above for a link.

There you have it! Easy recipe right? Make a double batch and freeze them. They will be good for months if you freeze them or about about 7-10 days if you store them in the fridge. They never last that long in the McJordan home though! 

If you really love maca, let me know and I will create more recipes with it. Just comment below!

Have a joyous week and be sure to tag me on social media @joyoushealth & #joyoushealth as I love to see what you make!

Joy

29 Comments
Raquel DeCoster   •   January 16, 2018

Wow you posted it so quick. Thank you! Sooooooo trying this recipe and Maca ;) My life has literally changed since I discovered you a few months ago. I asked my family for both of your books for my bday next week. ❤️

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 17, 2018

Hey Raquel! Thank you so much for your kind words :) I'll be sure to pass them along to Joy! You are going to LOVE this recipe! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Joy M.   •   January 17, 2018

Hey Raquel! That's so sweet, I hope all your birthday wishes come true!


Gabriella   •   January 16, 2018

I love maca! I put it in my smoothie every morning. I use it for hormone regulating. Didn’t know it was a libido booster but that’s fun too! Haha Xx Gabriella Pastelsandpastries.com

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 17, 2018

Hey Gabriella, That's amazing! Haha yes, maca comes with many perks ;) Definitely, make use of it wherever you can! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Patricia   •   January 17, 2018

Love the sexy balls! And yes please - more maca recipes! I discovered your blog about a month ago and am so inspired! Thank you for all the delicious recipes and helpful information.

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Patricia! Thanks so much for your kind words :) More maca recipes - got it! We're so happy to hear you've been enjoying all things Joyous Health and we're so happy to have you here! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Jackie B.   •   January 17, 2018

Do you think I can substitute apricots instead of dates? I can't eat dates.

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Judith   •   January 18, 2018

Sounds great! Could I make these with Matcha powder, or do you have a similar "ball" recipe using that?

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Judith, We don't have a matcha energy ball recipe on the blog yet but I'm sure swapping the maca for matcha would be a lovely addition! Let us know if you end up trying it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Jessica   •   January 18, 2018

This sounds delicious! Is there a substitute for nuts though?

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Jessica, We've only ever made it with nuts, but I'm sure you could make use of seeds like sunflower seeds and maybe shredded coconut? The texture and taste may vary though. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Nicole   •   January 18, 2018

I love the original recipe, and this revamped version looks terrific! I would love to see more recipes with maca, as other adaptogens (particularly ginseng) make me feel sick :( I have a pile of stressors in life right now but none of them are things that can be resolved I'm afraid. Tiny meditation moments and nutritious eating are getting me through!

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Nicole, Thanks so much for your kind words! We're so happy to hear you're a fan. We love this recipe too and we'll definitely keep your feedback in mind since we love maca around here too :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Katie-ann   •   January 18, 2018

Can you share with us why you decided to give these sexy little balls a makeover? Has the nutrition increased? Still yummy as ever!

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Katie-Ann, It was more so a make over in the photo department ;) but the measurements have changed slightly. There's a bit more cacao powder in thes ones compared to the old ones and the amount of nuts used vary. But they still taste like the same old Sexy Maca Balls you know and [hopefully] love! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Sharon   •   January 23, 2018

Really sticky, any suggestions?

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 24, 2018

Hey Sharon, Sticky isn't a bad thing necessarily! Did you add too much water or medjool dates? You could always add a bit more cashews or almonds but if you followed the recipe, they should be more of a dough-like texture. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Nicole   •   January 25, 2018

I did the Sexy Maca balls recipe before seeing the video and my splash of water was way too big. The mixture was way too sticky to make balls so I made a spread. I will try again and keep them in the freezer for my sugar craving. Please remind me of the brand you used and please make more recipies with the Maca Powder.

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Joy McCarthy   •   January 26, 2018

If this happens again, just add more nuts and/or raw cacao. It will help to dry out the mixture. That's the great thing about raw recipes. If you make a mistake, you can very easily correct it. Hope that helps!


Demi   •   February 16, 2018

Calories per sexy Maca ball?

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 17, 2018

I'm not sure, as I don't count calories myself, I really don't know. My philosophy is to eat whole foods and not calorie count. I hope you can still enjoy them!


Cor   •   March 1, 2018

What type of maca did you use? I have black but the flavor is so strong and really over powers (not in a good way).

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 1, 2018

Recently I've been using New Chapter's fermented organic maca. It has a really nice flavour.


Rachel   •   March 13, 2018

I've made these twice now, the really yummy, the second time I rolled them in shredded coconut.

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2018

Mmm! That sounds amazing Rachel! Good addition :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Emily   •   March 27, 2018

Do you let your daughter have the Maca balls? My guess is they are safe, I'm just not sure my kids need any extra energy!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 27, 2018

Hey Emily, Yes, Joy will give them to Vienna because she will be consuming the maca in such small doses that it won't effect her little body as much :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Bianca P.   •   April 12, 2018

Hey, thank you for this great recipe. It sound delicious. I discover you 6 mounth ago and all your videos help me changing my life. Yesterday i received your book Joyous detox and i can't wait to read it all. Please tell me if in this recipe i must hydrate raw cashew or raw almond before ? Thank you very much for all.

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