Caramel Maca Latte

What do you get when you combine dates with maca…? Caramel! But not the sickly kind - the earthy, malty, bear hug kind, that feels like you’ve just put on a big woollen jumper. These delicious mugs of goodness are my new favourite beverage and, now that we’re nearing mid-winter, they’re totally needed too. The post Caramel Maca Latte appeared first on Be Good Organics.

Caramel Maca Latte

Caramel Maca Latte

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What do you get when you combine dates with maca…? Caramel. Not the sickly kind though. No, I’m talking the earthy, malty, bear-hug kind, that feels like you’ve just put on a big woollen jumper. These delicious warming mugs of goodness are my new favourite beverage, and now that we’re nearing mid-winter here in NZ, they’re totally in need too. It’s getting dark so early, I almost feel like I’m in Denmark again.

How to Make a Caramel Maca Latte

Why you need to make them

Yes, these marvellously magical Caramel Maca Lattes are…

  • Made with just 6 ingredients,
  • Done in 5 minutes in a single blender,
  • Completely caffeine free (great for afternoons and late night eves),
  • Low in total sugars with no refined sugar, and
  • The perfect sub for coffee when you’re in need of a hot drink.

These luscious lattes also contain maca, one of my favourite functional foods. Grown in Peru, it’s great for hormonal balance, whether that be for regulating your cycle, enhancing fertility (and libido), re-establishing your periods, or managing menopausal symptoms. Sound like you? Read on, get cosy, and let’s make these magical lattes together…

The marvellous menstrual/menopausal manager that is maca

I’ve spoken about maca before, in this delicious raw Mini Banoffee Pies recipe here. But as a quick recap, maca is a root vegetable that grows wild in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. It looks a little like a caramel coloured radish, and smells like butterscotch crossed with sweet potato (our beloved Maori kumara, for my fellow kiwis).

Maca is commonly known as the Peruvian Ginseng which, if you know anything about Ginseng, gives you a hint as to some of its properties. Ginsengs are generally adaptogenic substances, meaning they help us cope in times of stress – increasing the body’s resistance or “adaptation” to physical, emotional or biological stressors. Let’s just say most people in our modern western world would likely do well to be taking some sort of adaptogenic substance (myself included)!

In addition to being used to enhance the body’s stress response, maca has also traditionally been used for anaemia (low red blood cell count), chronic fatigue syndrome, and to enhance energy, stamina, athletic performance, and memory. In the hormonal arena, it has been used for female hormonal imbalance, menstrual irregularities, male and female fertility, impotence, and as an aphrodisiac. Yep.

I often have ladies ask me whether it’s safe to take maca, given its ability to alter hormonal balance. There is actually very limited clinical research on maca (as with most natural substances), and as a result, the official word is to avoid using in pregnancy, lactation, and endocrine cancers (breast/uterine/ovarian/endometriosis) given its potential hormonal and estrogenic effects. My personal recommendation is that for estrogen-influenced cancers and during the first two trimesters of pregnancy, it is probably best to avoid. However, if you are breastfeeding, and your milk is flowing well after a number of weeks, there is no reason to not include it in small amounts in your diet.

Meanwhile, if you are trying to get pregnant, or just wanting balance your hormones (either menstrual or menopausal), maca is an excellent nutritional addition. There are numerous case studies reporting positive experiences with fertility, menstrual management, and the subduing of any less-than-desirable menopausal symptom (hot flushes, low libido, etc). In addition to these case studies, preliminary clinical research is showing that maca can indeed improve sexual dysfunction and libido in women and men, as well improving the volume, count and motility of our favourite male swimmers (sperm).

Back to our luscious lattes. These delicious beverages are so quick and easy to make, they’re guaranteed to become a family/flat favourite. They’re only lightly sweetened with the natural dates, just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, and making them healthy enough as an every day hot drink option (or to give your kiddies!). I hope you’ll try them out and fall in love too.

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If you make these creamy Caramel Maca Lattes, I’d love to see your versions on Instagram! Share your shots tagging @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics in the caption and @begoodorganics in the image, so I don’t miss you from my feed.

Stay warm with these lovely lattes this weekend, get a fire going, and only a few more days til we’re past the shortest (coldest) day of the year! After that, spring is on its way…

Til next week, stay happy and well.

Caramel Maca Lattes

Prep Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 lattes Calories: 182 kcal Author: Buffy Ellen Print

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plant milk
  • 4 dates
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend for 1 minute on high until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve as is or with a few cubes of ice for a cold Maca Latte. For a hot Latte, heat gently in a pan until hot but not boiling, then serve immediately. Any leftover milk pour into a glass bottle, seal tightly, and store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Make it keto – replace the coconut sugar with stevia, monk fruit or erythritol to taste.
  • If you don’t have any plant milk handy, you can easily make some by blending 2 c hot water and 1/4 cashews OR macadamias OR watermelon seeds.
  • If you’re starting this recipe by making your plant milk from scratch, simply follow the instructions from my Sunshine Turmeric Lattes here. Really, it’s just a matter of whizzing up your basic milk ingredients (no flavourings yet), straining through a nut milk bag and then re-blending with your maca + dates + cinnamon + vanilla + sea salt.
  • I use this Vitamix blender here, and it’s the best appliance I’ve ever bought. It makes creamy milks out of nuts, seeds, coconut, anything, and is so hard wearing. We’re now lucky enough to be one of the only stockists in New Zealand of these fabulous machines, which you can order from our web store here. If you have any specific questions about them or my own personal experience, feel free to leave me a comment below.
  • I’ve included a measure of between 5-8 dates depending on their size and sweetness. First time I made it with 4 biggies and it was perfect, second time it needed 8 smalls – so taste as you go and decide what works for you!
  • If you like this Latte, you might also enjoy this delightful Adaptogenic Gingerbread Latte, full of warming spices and superfood goodness.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Maca Lattes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 45 % Daily Value* Fat 5g8%Sodium 122mg5%Potassium 434mg12%Carbohydrates 25g8%Fiber 3g13%Sugar 15g17%Protein 8g16% Vitamin A 955IU19%Vitamin C 17.5mg21%Calcium 359mg36%Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About Buffy Ellen

Hi and welcome, I'm Buffy. I'm the founder of Be Good Organics, a plant-based recipe blog which has now become the biggest in Australasia! I love creating delicious easy plant-based whole foods recipes, and seeing you make them in your kitchen. I'm also a registered Nutritionist and Naturopath, specialising in plant-based nutrition and health. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter, to get all my new recipes first!

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