Saturday, March 31, 2012

Maca Chip Truffles...and Rawnola Parfaits at Le Pain Quotidien

These aren't just any cookie ball/truffles. I'm always looking for ways to tuck a boost of maca powder into a recipe, for its various benefits. My latest is a quick-to-make, low sugar almost-raw snack that is great for travel or pre or post workout: Maca Chip Truffles.

In this recipe, I started with 1.5 tbsp maca powder for 9 truffles. Next time, I may increase that to 2 tbsp to really lend that maca buzz.

In traditional Living on the Vedge fashion, these are not very sweet, just a light touch of maple, I love that I can have a dessert-like bite that is very low in sugar to reach for when my sweet tooth rears its head.

Maca Chip Truffles

Makes 9 truffles
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or coconut nectar or agave)
  • 1.5-2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

  • Grind cashews and oats into a fine flour in your food processor. 

    Add maca powder and salt and pulse for a few seconds. Then add sweetener and vanilla. Pulse to combine. 

    Lastly, add cacao nibs and pulse. When the dough is ready, it will clump up into balls and bang around in the processor. A nice alert, right?

    Scoop out small balls and roll into truffle shape. Chill in fridge for an hour.

Other maca recipes...I started with adding 1/2 to 1 tbsp to my single-serving recipes because I did not want a powdery flavor or to overdo it. Now that I consume maca a few days a week, I have shifted my intake to at least 1 tbsp., so feel free to adjust in those recipes if it seems like too little. I definitely don't taste the powder.

My Maca Smoothie...with a chocolate chai variation:

Maca Pancakes, and Maca Detox Pudding:

Now, onto another delicious matter. I stopped into Le Pain Quotidien earlier this week for tea and the new spring seasonal specials caught my eye: Sweet Pea Tartine, Wheatgrass Spritzer, Vegan Carrot Cake, and yes...a vegan Acai Yogurt, Banana Rawnola Parfait with soy yogurt, buckwheat, and goji berries!

Chia pudding fans will love this...Thank you to LPQ for always being incredibly accommodating to vegans, especially when it comes to breakfast. This parfait went the extra mile. They add acai to a regular soy yogurt, along with chia seeds to plump it up. It's fantastic. The raw buckwheat granola has dried fruit and seeds, and a pleasant, chewy crunch. There is a generous amount on top, so this will stick with you.

Just the thing for that warmer weather ahead?

1 comment:

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Those truffles are too cute! I will have to try something like that soon.

I love that they don't have too much sugar in them.