Cashew-Maca Date Balls

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This was probably the most tame St. Patrick’s Day weekend I’ve had in awhile…but I’m fine with it. I’ve been so exhausted stressed out lately that I really just want to relax. I wasn’t that good at that this weekend anyway….we are busy getting ready to intercept our piglets in a couple of weeks and had to get up bright and early to run some errands, which included loading a huge wheel of hay to use for bedding.


























You never know what’s going to happen when you make deals with people off Craigslist. After two encounters I’m glad to be alive. Just kidding, everyone we’ve talked to and run into in the farming world has been completely welcoming, helpful and friendly, however the man we bought the hay from caught us off guard yesterday.

After telling him we were planning to raise pigs through the window of the truck, he said

“Well as long as you’re going to raise pigs I have to show you something.”

We curiously shuffled out of the truck and trudged up the icy, snow covered driveway to his garage. I was sure he was going to try to sell us some more piglets or maybe some pork. Instead he brought us into the garage and reached down into his freezer and pulled out a bag. He proceeded to tell us a story about a sow giving birth on his farm thirty years ago. I had no idea where this was going but I started to get a little nervous thinking there was a dead 30 year old piglet in that bag and I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible. 

Well I was right. There was a dead piglet in the bag. However the reason he was so excited to show us is that this particular, frozen, mummified, 30 year old pig fetus had one head, two bodies, and two more legs coming off of it’s back. Okay, I guess this guy’s not that creepy. I mean if he kept a normal dead pig fetus it would have been way worse, right? I feel like he should sell that thing to one of those carnival things you see with the two headed snake and stuff. You know what I’m talking about??

Moving on to something completely unrelated, aren’t you hungry for a recipe after that story?!?!? Just kidding- but seriously these things are amazing so you should be interested. I’ve been making this recipe for a couple of weeks and decided I wanted to mix it up and add a little staying power with the protein I just bought. If you don’t know what maca is or want to leave it out I would just double up on the protein powder. I bought maca as a supplement to use to balance hormones. I can’t really tell you if it works. I’ve had benefits but who knows if it was the maca or anything else that helped me. Nonetheless I bought it so now I am trying to use it up. It has a weird taste but it’s easily covered up in things like these date balls and smoothies. Blended with coconut butter and roasted cashews- these date balls make a great snack on the go!

Cashew-Date Maca balls











Cashew-Maca Date Balls
Yields 9
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  3. 1/4 cup maca powder
  4. 1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla)
  5. 1/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews
  6. 1 tablespoons raw honey
  1. Set about 2 cups of water in a saucepan and place dates in the water.
  2. Bring the pan to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes, to soften the dates.
  3. Put the dates and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and mix until it forms a thick paste.
  4. Form into balls, and place on a silicon mat lined baking sheet.
  5. Put the balls in the refrigerator to harden. You can transfer to a ziplock bag once they're set.
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12 thoughts on “Cashew-Maca Date Balls

  1. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance

    That’s crazy about the piglet, but also very interesting! Craigslist people can be sort of odd, but everyone we’ve dealt with so far have been great.

    I’ve never used maca before; however my mom and I were just at Whole Foods and in one of the supplements she was looking at maca was an ingredient. I tried explaining to her what it was but I don’t think I did a very good job because she put it back. Haha.

    How are you liking the protein powder?
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    1. Andrea @ PencilsandPancakes Post author

      Its alright so far! The flavor is good. The only two things I had with it in it were these and a protein shake. The shake wasn’t that good because I put too much ice in it lol. So the jury’s still out on the powder

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