Spiced Maca Mocha Recipe

DSC_3314 This tasty little concoction is a part of my daily routine. Not even joking, I have a 2 o’clock reminder on my phone that goes off each day telling me to drop whatever I’m doing (unless it’s the baby.. don’t drop the baby) and go take my daily supplements. I supplement for three reasons: overall health, to moisturize from the inside out, and to nudge my hormones back to normalcy post-pregnancy.

That last one is where Maca comes in!


A Little Bit About Maca

Maca is an Andean root, (often referred to as an herb) that resembles a radish or a turnip. It has been used by native Indians in Peru as a vital ingredient to health for thousands of years.

Maca root is classified as a superfood, because it is naturally high in vitamins and minerals the body needs for nourishment. Chemically, Maca root contains significant amounts of amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E. Peruvian Maca also includes a number of glycosides.

In it’s powdered from it resembles flour and can be used in breads, cakes, cookies and drinks. (Like my spiced mocha concoction!)

Maca is most famous for it’s use as an aphrodisiac, which makes it kind of awkward to buy in the store, especially when it’s in an “obviously marketed to guys” form. Try this fun little game: Next time you see a men’s libido booster bottle at a truck stop, or sex enhancing pills at the pharmacy, check the ingredients label. Odds are, Maca is listed as the main or active ingredient.

But Maca is increasingly becoming known for it’s hormone balancing properties and benefits to women’s health.

According to Real Raw FOOD:

“As a nutritional supplement, Peruvian Maca has generalized tonic effects on the biochemical functioning of the human body. Chief among these effects is the enhancement of endocrine function. The endocrine system includes all of the glands, and the hormones they secrete, that exist in the body and that control such conditions as fertility, sexual function, digestion, brain and nervous system physiology, and energy levels.”


How Maca Works

First and foremost, Maca balances the hormonal system. It works on the pituitary gland – the master gland – which regulates all hormone production in the body.

Maca also contains adaptogenic qualities. Adaptogens (like ginseng) increase the body’s ability to cope with physical, chemical and biological stress. Adaptogenic herbs work by increasing resistance to stress, fatigue and distress – helping the body regain overall balance.

According to WebMD, randomized control studies are increasingly showing the benefits of Maca. Researchers are looking at how it helps men and women with low libido, and some studies suggest Maca improves semen quality, relieves symptoms of menopause, and reduces enlarged prostates.

Speaking with WebMD, psychiatrist and functional medicine physician Hyla Cass, MD says, “In my practice, I have seen Maca restore hormonal imbalance and related sexual desire and fertility in both men and women.”

According to Health Post:

“Important research shows Maca root is superior to hormone replacement therapy. Because Maca itself does not contain any hormones, its endocrine action is synergistic with the body’s natural functioning, unlike conventional hormone drug therapy which can dangerously affect women’s long term health. Alkaloids contained in Maca root act on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, the master glands of the endocrine system, in a gender-appropriate regulation of function. Fertility increases in both sexes, with improved sperm production in males and egg maturity in females – important factors in preconception health.”

Overall, in medical and holistic circles, Maca is reputed to:

– Increase energy
– Treat sexual dysfunction and loss of libido
– Increase stamina and athletic performance
– Nourish the glandular system
– Increase sperm count in men
– Increase fertility in women
– Improve physical and emotional well being
– Promote mental clarity
– Balance hormones
– Treat PMS and mood swings
– Provide menopause symptom relief

Ready to give Maca root a whirl? Why not try my Spiced Maca Mocha recipe? ^_^

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How To Make It

1 cup powdered stevia (or other non-sugar sweetener)
1 cup powdered milk
¾ cup powdered Maca
½ cup powdered creamer
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup powdered instant decaf coffee
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of sea salt

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Store it in an airtight container. For a single serving, place 3 tablespoons of the mixture in a cup and add boiling water. Stir until the mixture is dissolved.

Each batch makes about 18-20 servings.

This drink satisfies my simultaneous urge for coffee and chocolate, while helping me painlessly incorporate wellness supplements into my day. It’s sugar free, and decaf (since I generally drink it in the afternoon or evenings).

The Maca is noticeable in the drink by a woodsy, earthy taste that is present on the tongue, but overwhelmed by the chocolate flavors once swallowed. Try it and let me know what you think!

Do you use Maca root? How did it work for you? Had you heard of it before? Share your thoughts and experiences below!


Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

15 thoughts on “Spiced Maca Mocha Recipe

    • 9 January, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      I always see my hubby sneaking scoops of my Maca Mocha. ^_^
      Thanks for the link! I got my Maca powder from a local health store here in Pensacola for about $15 a pound. But I think in the future I’ll either order from Amazon or a online vitamin store.
      I’m going to be buying capsules next paycheck, since I don’t ALWAYS want a mocha. (Crazy, I know.) Also, sometimes I’m out and about all day… so I’m getting some pills to, uhh, supplement my supplement??? lol

  • 8 January, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I’m going to try this recipe! I can’t wait!
    Where do you get your Maca from?

    • 9 January, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I got it from a local health food store, but the first poster on this thread mentioned that Amazon has some on sale for cheaper than what I bought mine for!!

  • 9 January, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Your photos always add so much to your blog posts! I probably would have done well on this a couple of years ago. I take it the Maca does well in the hot water then? I like the addition of the spices…cinnamon is touted as being a near cure-all. Yum.

    • 9 January, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      LOL, I’m glad to hear that, because I was actually worried that I always add TOO MANY photos! Yes, the maca does well in hot water. This is one of my favorite drinks, with and without the maca!

  • 9 January, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I love Maca and Goji berry smoothies! Add some kale and it is amazing. I need to tell you about my ‘coffee’ 🙂 You will ditch non-caffeinated coffee and get back that ‘boost of energy’ caffeine gives you without the caffeine and with a ton of health benefits!

    • 9 January, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Okay, I’m going to sound like a dunce but… what ARE Goji berries? I’ve heard of them, but remain clueless as to their health benefits, uses, etc… And yes, we SO need to hang out. Come visit me already!!!

  • 10 January, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Goji berries taste a lot like raisins and strawberries to me. They can be eaten raw but I prefer them dried. They are tiny, red, and have a sweet smell. If you go to a tea shop they will often be in loose teas. Like Maca, they have a lot of the same health benefits; fertility, libido, mental health, blood sugar stabilization, skin-clearing, more vitamin c than citrus fruit, immune building properties, sleep, strength, blood circulation, more iron than meat, increased energy, etc. Some people believe it Goji berries prolong life, but that could be because of the antioxidants, which fight off toxins in your cells. Others swear that they have helped cure disease, especially cancer.

    If you are looking for a good mix of things to add into a drink, such as a smoothie, I would recommend Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries, Maca, Coconut Water Powder, Cordyceps (AMAZING BTW!), and some form of Blue Green Algae (I use spirulina). Talk about a boost of amazingness in a cup. I totally geeked out on you just then. Seriously I am obsessed with this kind of stuff and making smoothies. If you want to try something really cool, you know when you are in a forest and you get that deep-lung feeling from all of the fresh air. Well when you are sick you can take some kale right out of the fridge and stick your face in it and get that same burst of energy (or when you aren’t sick and need a wake-me-up). Like-wise when you eat it kale can do the same for your insides!

    Also, when do you get orders!? See, if we were ever in the same room I am afraid that their might be some sort of catastrophic event from the pure amount of awesomeness being in one area. Lol.

    • 10 January, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Link me to the berries you buy? And we’re expecting our orders any day now!!! lol

        • 10 January, 2014 at 7:43 pm

          Your recommendation is good enough for me! Totally in my bookmarks now…

  • 6 December, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I am taking maca powder as a part of my daily diet, and still haven’t get used to its taste (:

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