Maca Power Balls

Need a pick-me-up in the morning, or help getting through that mid-afternoon slump!?! Ditch the coffee and grab a couple of these power balls to give you that extra boost of energy!  Maca powder has long been used to increase energy and stamina but unlike coffee, in a non-caffeinated way that does not stress your adrenal glands.  These fellas make a great pre-gym snack too 🙂

Where do you find maca powder? Enter my giveaway to win your own 8oz bag of maca powder!  Or click here to view all the premium maca powder products from The Maca Team; enter the promo code “HAPPY” at checkout to receive 10% off everything on their website. Then whip up a batch of these maca power balls!maca balls

Print Recipe

Makes approx. 21 balls

1 cup of raw almonds
1 cup + 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/2 cup soft medjool dates (about 8), pitted
1/4 cup of water
2 Tbsp red maca powder
1 Tbsp coconut nectar (or honey, agave, maple syrup – your choice!)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt

Combine all the ingredients, except 1/4 cup of the coconut shreds in a food processor or high-speed blender.  Mix until dough-like consistency is formed. IMG_0624

IMG_0631Transfer to a mixing bowl.  Begin rolling balls using about a tablespoon of mixture.  Roll balls in the remaining coconut shreds.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  Enjoy!!IMG_0637

IMG_0640Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container.  These can also be frozen!

Nutritional Info per ball
116 Calories, 8g Carbs, 3g Protein, 8g Fat, 30mg Sodium, 5g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate.  It is meant to be used as a reference only.


  • Jen February 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hi, I just found your blog and think it’s great that you are sharing your story. I have a question for you about net calories. When you say that you target a certain number of calories per day (e.g. 1400), is that net calories after exercise or is that the actual amount of calories per day regardless of exercise? Also, does that change between weight loss mode and maintenance mode? Thanks is advance for any insight and keep up the great blogging!

    • thehappyhealthfreak February 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Hi Jen! Thanks for the kind words 🙂 Great questions…when I was losing weight I made sure I had a deficit of about 250 calories a day. That enabled me to lose about 1/2 lb a week. For me, having a 9-5 desk job, I was pretty sedentary so with no exercise I would burn around 1,300 calories a day, just by sitting, breathing and sleeping. Therefore, if I ate 1,400 calories a day and didn’t work out I’d technically be over by 100 calories a day and would eventually gain weight. Soooo, with exercise let’s say I’d aim to burn 500 calories a workout x 5 days a week = 2,500 subtracting the 700 of the overage = 1,800 calories burned a week which equals about 1/2 lb lost per week. You can of course increase the workouts decrease the calories, but I found this to be a safe and gradual way to lose it so I wasn’t hungry.
      Sorry to get so technical but to sum up the answer to your question the 1,400 calories is the amount consumed per day regardless of exercise, however, you would need to workout to lose the weight.
      And yes, it changes for maintenance or muscle gain. After I reached my desired weight, I increased my calories by about 100 per day, and I still keep up my workouts. I’m currently trying to build a bit more muscle which involves eating more, I’m still working on the fine tuning of that so I don’t gain too much fat as well. It’s a science and everyone is different! I hope this helps!

      • Jen February 27, 2014 at 6:38 am

        That helps a lot actually…thanks!

        • thehappyhealthfreak February 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

          Great! Let me know if you have any other questions. Best of luck 🙂

  • bandhnabajaj February 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    They look yum!


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