Maca Powder Bread (+ Benefits of Maca)

I must honestly say that this is the best bread I have ever baked. Probably also the tastiest I’ve ever eaten. And it is only made of good healthy and nutritious ingredients! It did not end up dry at all, like some gluten free bread often do, it is perfectly sweet and crunchy with the combination of maca powder and different seeds.

The bread is gluten free, dairy free and free from added sugar.

Maca Powder Bread (1 loaf)

  • 4 dl almond flour
  • 0.5 dl coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 dl sesame seeds
  • 1 dl psyllium seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder from Gooddays
  • a sprinkle of sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 dl egg whites
  • 3 dl coconut milk
  • 1 dl melted coconut oil
  • some sunflower seeds (or seeds/nuts of your choice) for topping

-> Start by turning the oven on 200 degrees Celsius. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the melted coconut oil, eggs, egg whites and coconut milk. Then pour over the wet mixture to the dry ones and blend well. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cover a bread mold with coconut oil and sesame seeds. After the 5 minutes, pour over the dough to the bread mold and sprinkle over some sunflower seeds. Put in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes. Let the bread cool down for 5-10 minutes before taking it out of the bread mold.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings. I would recommend any nutbutter, boiled egg, avocado + cottage cheese, coconut butter or peanutbutter + banana slices.

This bread is 100% free from gluten, dairy and added sugar! 

The benefits of adding Maca powder into your diet:

1. Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

2. Sexual function
Maca has long been used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It’s thought to boost libido and increase endurance. It has also been used to balance the hormones and increase fertility. Note the these benefits are anecdotal.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca has been used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause. Some women have used it to alleviate cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Like the benefits of #2 above, these are anecdotal and shouldn’t be used in place of consulting with a practitioner. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

4. Energy
Some have experienced an increase in energy level within days of beginning to use maca. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired much of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

An increase in mental energy and focus has been reported by users of maca, as well.

5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids in avoiding anemia and cardiovascular diseases. The nutrients in maca may help to keep bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, supplementing with maca may help to increase in muscle mass.

Be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones, like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

6. Skin
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit that some users have experienced is that it decreases skin sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help skin withstand extreme temperatures.

7. Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though the evidence for this is anecdotal.

Source: Vegkitchen.com 

 

 

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