View Full Version : Way to make maca tasty?
08-27-2006, 09:10 PM
Is there a way to make maca more tasty? I have been adding it to my fruit smoothies (bananas, berries, etc) but it is too strong for me. Is there a way to mask the taste or make it better?
lol... also, my maca tastes a little bitter... do I have a bad batch or does it always taste like that? :p Thanks!
08-27-2006, 09:26 PM
Maca is the worse tasting stuff. I ended up throwing mine away after trying everything possible to make it work. I will try the caps next time.
08-27-2006, 09:49 PM
What brand do you have? And how much are you using?
I find I do best with small amounts, maybe say 1/2 teaspoon in one smoothie... for me, that is enough. I think it goes best with chocolate flavors, vanilla, or strawberry. The classic shakes ;)
I think it really enhances a chocolate (or carob) shake. Maybe do almond milk, cacao or carob, coconut butter, maca, drop of agave, banana (if you're into that.. I use coconuts).. and you have an amazing recipe
08-27-2006, 10:02 PM
GilmoreGirl -- Thanks! You gave me a good laugh and *lots* of hope! :D But, definitely let me know how the capsules work out.
Sunshine9 -- Not sure what brand it is. But I bought it from a raw food restaurant, so unfortunately it might be from some raw generic brand? Do you recommend another brand?
I'll definitely try a carob/chocolate blend. Funny thing, I made raw chocolate sauce and started thinking about the maca. :)
08-27-2006, 10:08 PM
What is maca????
08-27-2006, 11:08 PM
it is good made in a smoothie with cacoa. YUMMY!
08-27-2006, 11:54 PM
Here is a the first story I ever read about maca from the Discovery Channel:
Here's another general link:
08-28-2006, 12:02 AM
Too bad I missed out on trying it with cacao. No one mentioned this when I started a thread on the same thing. Oh well.
08-29-2006, 02:21 PM
I tried out a drink with kale, cherries, bananas, carob, cacao, coconut oil and it wasn't so bad, though I still tasted that weird burning thing (think acid reflux vomit) in the back of my throat. lol .. I also put in a smaller amount. I may be a little too hyper though with the cacao + maca. :P
I wanted to mention that there's a tip in RFRW where Salma says to mix the maca with a small amount of juice and down it like a shot. Then enjoy the rest of the smoothie. I tried it and it wasn't so bad that way. Maybe you can do that and save yourself the hassle of the gel capsules?
Thanks again all for the great advice!
08-29-2006, 05:08 PM
One good trick to escaping the taste of maca, ( I actualy can handle the taste - it's sorta like burnt peanut butter, to me :rolleyes: ), is to squeeze your nose while your drinking it in your smoothie. Once the is consumed, then while still holding your nose use some sort of a chaser to mask the taste of the maca. Then release your nose hold. This used to work great for me when I was a kid and was forced to eat canned green beans cooked - yuk :eek: . I discovered that if I couldn't smell what I was eating then the taste also dimenished :D
08-29-2006, 05:49 PM
Has anyone tried the Maca from Alissa's site? I ordered it and it's arriving Thursday - I wonder if it's better, same, worse than other places? Or maybe they're all the same. =)
08-29-2006, 05:52 PM
You can also just look into geting those empty vegetarian capsules and put the powder in those and take it that way. We purchased some from our local food co-op and my dh was filling them with a ginger/garlic concoction he made.
I've never tried Maca though, so I can't give any ideas on masking the flavor.
Lady Green Jeans
08-29-2006, 06:23 PM
I used mine in a fake mocha type drink seemed to hide the flavor. In a Vitamix add 1 or 2 bananas, 6 brazil nuts, a squirt of agave, a shake or two of cinnamon, 1T cocoa nibs, the desire amount of maca, 1 1/2 c water or more to desired thickness. You can use frozen bananas for a colder drink, but most usually I blended mine until it is nice and warm--reminiscent of the mocha's I used to drink.
08-29-2006, 07:59 PM
I tried a brand from my local health food store and I didnt really like it.
I just got a bag from Alissa and it has a much better flavor. It takes 'fresher' to me and more alive somehow.
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