It's week 2 of our DIY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY series!
We’re revisiting the best recipes from our blog in 2011 and giving away a huge package of organic ingredients each week to the lucky winners so they can make these herbal goodies at home!
Week 2 ~ Amazing Maca Bars
This week we are dreaming of Julie's Amazing Maca Bars!
Maca is a Peruvian tuber of the Brassicaceae family. It grows at high elevations of 12,000 feet and higher! Used as early as 1600 BC for mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance, and stamina, Maca is also an aphrodisiac tonic that enhances sexual desire, performance, and fertility in men, women, and animals.
It’s a highly nutritious food too, containing carbohydrates, protein, calcium, lipids, iodine, and other beneficial compounds similar to broccoli and cabbage. This power packed root is known to have an especially positive effect on people who are overworked, overstressed, or nutritionally unfulfilled. (Thanks a lot office cookie swap!)
Julie is our wonderful Production Manager and Master Tea Formulator here at Mountain Rose, famous for her delicious creations and sweet smiles. Julie has been tweaking the maca bar recipe a bit for all of the vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free folks out there. You can find the delicious original recipe here, and the reformulated version of the recipe below:
Vegan, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free
2 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 cup organic almonds, sliced
1/4 cup organic maca powder
1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
2/3 cup organic apple sauce or mashed banana
2/3 cup almond butter
Combine oats, almonds, maca, hemp seeds, and salt in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix apple sauce or banana with almond butter until well blended.
Scrape the almond butter mix into the oat mixture and blend well.
Pat into an 11 x 7 baking dish and bake at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes.
Score with a knife while warm and then cut into bars when cool.
The prize this week is a treat just waiting to happen!
The winner will be able to create either version of the recipe using this collection of organic ingredients. Plus, we're throwing in a copy of Kami McBride's book The Herbal Kitchen which is a wonderful resource with over 250 recipes for using herbs to enhance the health benefits and digestibility of your food!
Here’s this week's big prize…
32oz Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1lb Organic Maca Powder
1lb Organic Arrowroot Powder
8oz Organic Hemp Seeds
2oz Organic Vanilla Flavor Extract
1lb Himalayan Pink Salt
The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride
How to Enter
There are several ways to enter and you can submit up to 5 entries for a chance to win this amazing collection of ingredients!
1. Leave a comment here telling us about your favorite herbal treat for the holidays!
2. Post a link to our Amazing Maca Bar giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here to let us know you’ve posted. Follow us on Facebook here!
3. Tweet about our Amazing Maca Bar giveaway on Twitter using the tag #herbalgiveaway and leave a comment here to let us know that you’ve tweeted. Be sure to follow us on Twitter!
4. Blog about our giveaway with a link back to this post. Then leave a comment here with a link back to your blog post so we can check it out.
5. Sign up for our recipe packed Newsletter and leave a comment to let us know you’re a reader.
You have until Monday, December 26th at 11:59pm PST to enter. We will pick one winner at random on Tuesday, December 27th! We can ship blog prizes to US addresses only.