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Maca almond coconut fudge (no sugar or sugar substitutes!)

This recipe came about because I wanted to play. I’ve not been at home in my kitchen for three months and I didn’t realise how much I missed combining random sugar-free ingredients!

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These are little satisfying bites you can keep in the freezer to help curb a post meal ‘something’ fix or a sugar craving. They’re also full of goodness to boost the nutrition density of your day!

Maca almond coconut fudge

Makes 6-8 pieces

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbls melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbls almond butter
  • 3 tbls desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbls maca powder (omit if you want, see notes below)
  • Cacao nibs for topping

Method

  • Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Put into ice cube trays, top with cacao nibs and freeze for 2 hours.
  • The combination of ingredients means these don’t go too hard and so can be eaten straight from the freezer in fudge like fashion!

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Why use maca powder?

I’ve taken interest in maca powder in the last 6 months and decided to try it.  Maca is a root which is traditionally grown in Peru and is usually found in powder or capsule forms. It’s known for being an aphrodisiac and has a growing reputation as being effective for hormonal balance – something that I was working on myself towards the end of last and start of this year (more on this to come).

Looking at the science, the strongest evidence on maca is around it increasing libido, however preliminary research suggests maca can help protect the brain, improve bone health and even improve cognitive ability in healthy people. The science on its hormonal effects isn’t there but there are professionals who swear by it.

Science and others’ options aside, I like to give these things a go myself!

I purchased both some Creative Nature maca powder and some capsules to try as a supplement. Now after taking the supplements for two weeks my hormonal issue (I was suffering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea which you can read lots of helpful information about here), seemed to be relieved and has since not returned. However I was doing lots of other things to help with this (more rest, weight gain, reducing stress etc.) so I’m not really clear what worked. I was just happy that something had finally sorted it and continued to use the maca powder, more than anything these days because I do really like the taste and texture of it.

Hence why I decided to beef up the nutrition of this fudge with the maca addition. You can include or omit it from the recipe quite easily.

Have you been curious about maca powder? Do you use it as supplement at all? Let me know what you think of the recipe.

6 replies
  1. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Hi Laura. I love your site! I’d be fascinated to hear more about any hormonal issues that can be relieved by diet. I’m about to turn 46, and for the last 5 years, I have experienced hormonal hell. I now use a bio-identical progesterone cream, eat a very low-carb diet and don’t often touch refined sugar at all. But it took me a long time to work out what was going on with me and I’m slowly (touch wood) seeing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
    I had absolutely no support from the many GPs I visited. In fact, most of them wanted to give me synthetic hormones either in the birth control pill or the Mirena coil. I eventually found a wealth of info from a lovely woman called Wray, who also suggested I try a ketogenic diet. It has helped enormously.
    Thanks for all your hard work here and for your down-to-earth honesty.
    Rachel

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    • Laura
      Laura says:

      Hi Rachel, sorry for the delay in reply. I saw this late for some reason. I can do another on the hormonal issues for sure. Sound like you’ve had more of an adventure with it though. Anyway thank you for the lovely comment. really appreciated and good luck with the continued health improvement 🙂 x

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  2. Laura
    Laura says:

    I love this recipe and make it all the time. Thanks Laura. Although the problem is, I can’t just have 1. It’s steered me off grabbing straight for the chocolates though! xx

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    • Laura
      Laura says:

      Hi Gladi, It’s not proven to be safe so to be on the safe side I would probably avoid. You could try making these without the maca or adding the equivalent of ground almonds to help with the consistency?

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