Superfood Review – Maca plus Chocolate Caramel Super Cheesecake

imageAnother thing I’ve noticed with the Raw Food Diet, is that there are a multitude of new ingredients and ‘superfoods’ that I’ve never heard of before.

So I thought I’d do a little series on some of these magic potions, and associated recipes, and give you my impressions. I always take claims of super powers with a large grain of salt, but am also willing to try new things.

Today’s topic is maca, generally purchased in powdered form. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a herbaceous biennial plant that is grown at 4,000m above sea level in the Andes of Peru, specifically around Lake Junin. The main portion of the plant eaten is the taproot, which is used as a root vegetable, a medicinal herb, and a supposed aphrodisiac.

It has been shown to affect the hormonal system, and has therefore been used in the treatment of menopause, sexual dysfunction, and other hormone-related maladies. On the flip side of that, breastfeeding women, and those with current hormonal imbalances are advised to always seek medical advice prior to introducing maca to their diet.

I found a cheesecake recipe that includes maca, and thought that there could be no more pleasant way to test it out.


Chocolate Caramel Super Cheesecake – Original Recipe from Shine On Raw



  • 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup of ground cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of sweetener/syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of super greens powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of acai powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt



  • 1 ½ cups of cashews soaked for 2hrs
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of sweetener/syrup (or for desired sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon of maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


Chocolate Swirls

  • Approx ½ cup of topping
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder



  • Place all base ingredients in the food processor and process until the mixture is well combined
  • Press into the base of an 8 inch spring form cake tin
  • Refrigerate until the topping is ready
  • Place all of the topping ingredients other than the oil into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Add in the oil and blend until well combined
  • Pour into the base, reserving some for the chocolate swirls
  • Combine the remaining topping with the cacao powder and pour into a squeezy bottle
  • Decorate the cheesecake with the chocolate sauce
  • Place in the fridge for 6hrs or the freezer for 2hrs to set
  • Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before eating


My Notes

I didn’t use the optional ingredients in the base, as I wanted to focus solely on the maca

I found the base to set very hard in the freezer, and takes much longer than 15 minutes to thaw to an edible texture

My cheesecake is not very pretty – it’s one of the first ones I made, so I was still new to getting the creaminess from the cashews

I found the maca has a very strong, quite bitter taste, that overtakes the other flavours

Whilst this cheesecake is edible, I don’t think it will become a favourite any time soon


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