This creamy Maca Latte has a nutty malt-like flavor. Made with maca powder and spices, it's healthy and energizing.
This Maca Latte is a great alternative to coffee. Maca is an adaptogen. It gives you a boost of energy without the jitters.
This vegan latte recipe is smooth and creamy. Made with soy milk and spices, it is a flavorful drink.
I like to add maca to my daily smoothie. It would also work in vegan yogurt or sprinkled in cereal.
I've also added it to Superfood Coffee and Chocolate Superfood Kombucha.
What Is Maca?
Maca is the root of a vegetable grown in the Peruvian andes. It is an adaptogen herb, known as Peruvian ginseng*.
What Is Gelatinized Maca?
Gelatinized maca powder is maca that has been heated and pressurized to break down the starch content. Basically, it helps make maca easier to digest*.
It does not contain gelatin. Maca is a vegan product.
Is Maca Safe?
As with anything you put into your body, you may want to do your research. While maca does not contain any hormone compounds, it has been shown to boost estrogen and balance hormone levels.
So while it may be beneficial for women going through menopause or who have PMS, it should be used with caution for people hormone-sensitive conditions. It can also effect people with thyroid issues*.
Does Maca Contain Caffeine?
Maca is caffeine-free. It is said to provide sustained energy throughout the day.
Other Ways To Use Maca Powder
I like to add maca root powder to my morning smoothie, along with other superfoods like cacao powder, turmeric, and a powdered mushroom blend. You can also add it to hot chocolate, vegan yogurt, or oatmeal.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Soy milk: I used soy milk because it froths nicely and I like the taste. You could use any dairy-free milk you like.
- Maca powder: I used gelatinized maca powder because it is said to be easier to digest.
- Vanilla extract: Enhances flavors and adds flavor.
- Maple syrup: Adds a sweet maple flavor. You could use agave syrup, vegan creamer, coconut sugar, or your favorite sweetener.
- Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom: Add warming spices.
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- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender or Nutribullet. This will help the maca powder from clumping.
- Heat on stovetop or in the microwave.
- Do NOT use a Nutribullet to blend hot soy milk. It doesn't do well with hot liquids. That's one of the reasons I blended it before heating.
- I used soy milk because it froths nicely. You can use any plant based milk you like.
📖 Variations / Additions
- Coconut milk
- Oat milk, almond milk, or cashew milk
- Cacao powder or cocoa powder
- Mushroom powder
- Ground turmeric
- Chai Spice Mix or Chai Simple Syrup
- Ground ginger
- Cold Brew Coffee, regular coffee, or shots of espresso
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
- Lavender Simple Syrup
☕️ Other Vegan Drinks
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- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 teaspoon maca powder - I used gelatinized
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch cardamom
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender or Nutribullet.
- Heat in a small saucepan or in the microwave.*
- Top with cinnamon, if desired.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
¹ What Is Maca Root? https://www.verywellhealth.com/ways-maca-may-benefit-your-health-89573
² Gelatinized Maca Powder - How It's Different https://www.themacateam.com/gelatinized-maca-powder-how-its-different?
³ What Is Maca Good For? https://www.medicinenet.com/what_is_maca_good_for/article.htm
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