We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are Maca Bars?

By Megan Shoop
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Health-conscious people with a sweet tooth can rejoice, because maca-infused snack bars are available at organic grocery stores and online shops. These sweet treats contain not only maca root but often also include organic, fair-trade certified dark chocolate, coconut oil, and pure vanilla, among other high-grade ingredients. Maca root is a Peruvian vegetable reputed to be a superfood that has energy-enhancing and healing properties. Consumers may purchase ready-made maca bars, many of which feature dried fruit and nuts, or try their hands at making these bars themselves.

In addition to delicious sweet ingredients like chocolate, most maca bars also contain a host of reportedly beneficial ingredients. For instance, pink Himalayan sea salt can be added to bring out the chocolate flavor, if included, and provide nutrients. Unlike white table salt, this is not typically stripped of its inherent minerals and provides the body with essential salts. Raw honey and agave nectar frequently act as sweeteners in maca bars, rather than sugar. Agave nectar is derived from the thick leaves of the agave succulent plant and raw honey usually contains bee pollen and a small amount of beeswax.

Golden raisins and Bahri dates, common in these treats, also give maca bars some sweetness and added nutrition. The dates are yellow and small. When dried, they take on a dark golden color and their sweetness intensifies. Green, mountain-grown grapes are dried to create golden raisins. Slightly more tart than their darker cousins, these raisins counter the sweetness of the dates and agave or honey without making the maca bars taste bitter.

Other popular additions to maca bars are raw coconut oil, ground mesquite pods, and vanilla bean paste. The coconut oil is a thickener that helps the bars remain whole and keeps them from melting easily. This tropical oil also contains important fats that help humans absorb vitamins. Mesquite pods are full of protein and give each maca bar a slightly molasses-like background flavor. Vanilla bean paste can help highlight the flavors in each of the other ingredients.

Those who are health-conscious and enjoy sweets aren’t limited to just one kind of maca bar. Many manufacturers also produce cherry, maple, and white chocolate flavors. Calorie-counting health foodies should check the packaging on each of these snacks, however, since white chocolate is mostly cocoa butter and the maple-flavored maca bar usually contains mostly sugars.

Home cooks that love to experiment, or simply like knowing exactly what they’re eating, can make maca bars at home. A common nut-and-chocolate-laced recipe generally calls for 1 part each of maca powder and coconut oil, 1/2 part each of almonds and cocoa nibs, 1/8 part each of dates and golden raisins, as well as sea salt and honey or agave nectar to taste. The ingredients blend together in a food processor, and then must be patted down into a cookie sheet and frozen for up to two hours. The freezing process helps the ingredients to marry, so they hold together even at room temperature.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.