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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Super Food Saturday-Maca No Bake Macroons

I gave up sugar for lent, but I can still have these.  I do allow myself honey, agave nectar and maple syrup for cooking and baking. This treat is made with agave nectar or honey.  If you don't have the Maca powder you can use ground oatmeal or wheat germ. You can grind oatmeal in a blender.  If your dates are dry, put them in a small bowl and just cover them with warm water. Let them soak until they soften. Mash them and pour off the excess water. Reserve the water in case you need it when mixing the ingredients.

Maca  No Bake Macaroons

½ cup almonds, ground
½ cup almond butter
½ cup madjool dates, diced
2 tablespoons water
¼ cup maca powder*
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup shredded coconut, plus additional for rolling
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

Place date in small bowl and cover with water.  Let soak for 15 minutes to soften.
Place almonds in blender or food processor. Grin until finely ground.

Add all ingredients to a bowl.  Mix until well mixed. Mixture should be moist enough to form balls. If too dry, add water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together.

Form into 1 inch balls.  Put about a cup of coconut on a plate. Roll each ball in the coconut. Arrange on a small plate and refrigerate for one hour.

* Finely ground oatmeal or wheat germ can be substituted for the maca powder.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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