Choco-Maca Superfood Latte Recipe
Choco-Maca Superfood Latte Recipe

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For thousands of years, people have been tapping in to the healthy benefits of maca, an ancient superfood native to Peru.

Maca (not to be confused with matcha) is a plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family of cruciferous root vegetables, which also includes broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. There are three different colors of maca — red, black, and yellow — and powdered maca typically comes from the yellow variety.

Research suggests maca may be helpful in lowering diastolic blood pressure and reducing symptoms of depression. And maca is considered an adaptogen, which means it can help the body adapt to stress. It’s also believed to support reproductive health, although there’s not enough research to back that up yet.

“Maca is a powerhouse of nutrients,” says Cameron Fiorenza, BS-NDTR, and Culinary and Nutrition Specialist at Openfit. “It contains vitamins B6 and C, copper, iron, potassium, and manganese, as well as protein and fiber.”

But the recipe below has more to offer than just the magic of maca: “The blend of almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and cinnamon provides an array of antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber,” Fiorenza says.

And while maca may not be the most delicious ingredient on its own — it’s been described as slightly bitter, nutty, and earthy — blending it into a latte transforms it into a sweet, chocolate-y treat.

Ready to make room for maca? Try our energizing Choco-Maca Latte recipe below.

 

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Choco-Maca Latte Recipe

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword latte
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 123 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • tsp. maca powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, maca powder, and cinnamon in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into a serving glass over ice. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Maca is a superfood native to Peru. The powdered form can be found in your local grocery store in the health food aisle, or check a health food store or online.

 

The Nutritional Facts have been estimated for this recipe.

 

Openfit Blocks

1 Fat

1 Other Carbohydrate

Nicole McDermott

About

After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. She currently edits full time for Ghergich & Co. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Lifehacker, among others.

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