Maca Latte

This maca latte is a warm and cozy treat made with maca root powder, frothy milk and cinnamon and vanilla. It’s maple-sweetened, vegan and paleo but can also be made with dairy milk, if preferred.

Maca root powder is a mood, memory and metabolism-enhancing superfood that boosts energy and is packed with nutrients. It makes a wonderful nutty-flavored latte that’s perfect for the post-holiday season when you might be after something that’s not so rich and decadent.

You could even call it a superfood latte, much like this Chai Matcha Latte.


  • Maca root powder — gives this latte its nutty flavor and added nutrition.

  • Maple syrup — my preferred sweetener which pairs nicely with the maca.

  • Vanilla extract — always a good addition. :)

  • Ground cinnamon — adds a little spice and is perfect for garnishing the latte.

  • Plant-based milk — I used cashew milk, but any milk will do.

For the full recipe, please scroll to the recipe box at the bottom of the page. You wouldn’t believe the number of angry emails and comments saying that I need to include the measurements in my recipes. I got one yesterday calling me trash. 😂

What is maca?

Maca is a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes at an altitude between 4000 and 4500 meters and is often referred to as the “Peruvian ginseng”. It’s related to broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage and has been cultivated for over 2000 years (source).

There’s been more demand lately as people learn of its superfood powers, and China has started producing this tubular root plant for export. I read a few things saying that’s because seeds were smuggled out of Peru. This was an interesting read about Peruvian vs. Chinese maca.

It’s primarily exported as a powder that may be raw or processed as a gelatinized starch or as an extract. If it’s processed as a gelatinized starch, it means the root has been heat-treated before being ground into a powder. In traditional methods, maca was always cooked because it’s easier to digest.

There are many ways to add maca to your daily diet, like blending it into smoothies and soups or adding it to oatmeal and baked goods. So if you buy maca powder to make this latte, there are numerous ways to use it up. I’ve listed some suggestions below.

What does maca taste like?

The flavor of maca root powder is distinct and described as nutty, some say like like butterscotch (which I don’t get at all), and malty with a hint of caramel. Although it’s not sweet, it does pair well with sweet flavors, so I paired it with maple syrup and vanilla extract.

I would say this latte tastes like a wonderful blend of nuts, cinnamon, maple syrup, and something I can’t quite put my finger on – and that’s the maca! My husband, son and I have been enjoying this latte for the last few months.

I use an electric frother (I talk about which one in my Hot Chocolate with Frothed Milk post) and have been making my son’s latte cold. So if you don’t like warm drinks, that’s also an option.

Unlike matcha drinks, this maca latte isn’t an acquired taste. I really think anyone and everyone will love it.

Where to buy it

You can easily find maca in grocery stores and big box stores like Costco (although theirs is quite expensive) and Walmart. And, of course, you have loads of options on Amazon.

In my Black Ice Cream post, I talked about a browser extension that shows you the past prices of any item on Amazon. You can also set up price alerts and get notified whenever a product drops to your desired price.

Now I’m going to talk about another Chrome extension that informs you of fake reviews called Fakespot.

I would say a good deal of products on Amazon don’t get a good grade, meaning most have fake reviews. And this seems especially true of maca powder.

Food to Live Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder seems to be the best price and best reviewed. There were a few cheaper options, but they got Fs on Fakespot (they get graded A-F with A being the best).

It says on their website that it’s sourced from Peru, but note that it’s packaged in a facility that also processes tree nuts, wheat and sesame. Should that be relevant for you!

Anthony’s Organic Gelatinized Maca Root Powder is also sourced from Peru, but is verified gluten-free. But it got a D on Fakespot.

They also have non-gelatinized maca. I’ve honestly only ever used gelatinized, so I can’t comment on the taste difference, but on the Anthony’s gelatinized maca bag, it says that their gelatinized maca is also slightly smoother and sweeter than their non-gelatinized maca powder.

Also, make sure you’re getting maca powder and not a blend of ingredients to make this latte. I looked at one, and it was meant to create an energy drink and included pea protein powder and a host of other ingredients. You’re looking for strictly maca root powder.

Benefits of maca root

Maca root is an adaptogen, a plant extract that helps the body manage environmental stress. When stressed out, cortisol levels rise, and adaptogens help keep cortisol levels from rising.

Here are some more benefits of maca root

  • Helps manage stress
  • May assist with depression and improve mood
  • Increased energy and endurance
  • Promotes natural antioxidants in the body
  • Reduces symptoms of menopause
  • Improves memory and learning
  • Helps bones stay strong
  • Known for thyroid regulation properties
  • Nutrient-dense containing vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and zinc
  • Plus, added iron, potassium, phosphorous, protein, fiber and calcium

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

More ways to use maca

Besides making this tasty maca latte to boost your day, you can add maca powder to recipes that pair well with malty, or sweet flavors. Here are a few ideas.

You can add a teaspoon to plain yogurt or try it in smoothies like this Chocolate Avocado Smoothie or this Chocolate Banana Protein Shake.

Try sprinkling it on top of Cinnamon Overnight Oats or Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats for a quick breakfast.

And it pairs well with carrot juice and other fresh juices. 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon should do, and it’s based strictly on taste. It doesn’t dissolve easily in cold liquid, so you might dissolve it in a small amount of hot water before adding it to chilled juice.

It also pairs well with puddings, like Chocolate Chia Pudding and Vegan Chocolate Pudding. I recommend for every cup of pudding or yogurt, start with a teaspoon, taste and adjust accordingly.

And lastly, it adds an extra boost to hot chocolates like this Vegan Hot Chocolate to perk up cold, wintery days.

Paleo and vegan

As written, this recipe is paleo and vegan. For paleo, make sure to avoid milks with additives, preservatives and sugar. The only ingredients should be nuts and salt.

And if you’re really sensitive to gluten, read above where I talk about maca brands. You might not want to go with Food to Live brand.

What type of milk to use

I use cashew milk, as with most of my drink recipes. I find it creamier than other plant-based milk, but you can use whatever milk you’d like.

If you’re not paleo or vegan, you can of course use dairy milk.

How to froth plant-based milk

It’s easy to froth milk, but can you froth almond milk? You can.

You just have to heat the milk to 150 °F (66 °C) before frothing. You can froth it right in the pot with a handheld frother and control the amount of froth you get.

Or if you want a drink that’s mostly froth, then you can use an electric frother. The first time I tried it, I added everything, and it was just under the max line.

It very quickly rose with froth until it spilled out the sides. So I removed half of it, and it (and the other half I also ended up frothing) frothed so much that it wouldn’t fit in a 450-ml glass. And that was using 1 cup (240 ml).

If you don’t want a ton of froth, use the frother to heat the milk, then remove most of it, but leave enough so that the milk reaches the minimum line. Then froth what’s left in your frother, and then add that to the warmed maca latte in your cup.

Other warm and cozy drinks

Here are a few of my favorite warm and comforting drink recipes to try.

I hope you’ll enjoy this maca latte! If you make it, I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below or share on social media and tag #texanerin so I can be sure to see it. Thanks!

Maca Latte

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Maca Latte
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  • 1 teaspoon maca root powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons (14-20 grams) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cashew or almond milk1 (or regular milk for non-paleo/vegan)


  1. In a small pot or saucepan, stir together everything but the milk until combined.
  2. Stir in the milk, heat over medium heat until 150 °F (66 °C), and use a handheld frother to froth.
  3. Pour it into a mug and sprinkle some cinnamon on top, if desired.


  1. If you're paleo, make sure your milk is just nuts + salt. No additives, preservatives, sugar, etc.

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  • Willow says
    January 27, 2024 @ 2:55 am

    I went on a healthy stuff buying spree on January 1, and this was one of the things I got myself. I didn’t actually know what to do with it. Haha. So I glad when I got this recipe from your newsletter! Thank you very much. It is super duper cozy and I find myself wanting one of these lattes every day.

    • Erin replies to Willow
      January 27, 2024 @ 5:20 pm

      😆 But the good thing is that you know what to do with it now, right? I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment.

  • Debbie
    January 26, 2024 @ 1:53 am

    I had some maca expiring that was given to me. I had no idea what to do with it. this was perfect! I love the cinnamon flavor, but the matcha added something yummy, too. Can’t really describe it. Thank you! Do you have other maca recipes?

    • Erin replies to Debbie
      January 27, 2024 @ 5:19 pm

      I know what you mean! It’s a bit hard to describe. And unfortunately not. I’ll work on it, though! Thanks for your feedback and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. :)

  • Nellie
    January 25, 2024 @ 3:21 am

    Since my diagnosis with an auto-immune disease, maca has been a staple in my holistic diet. This latte was so nutty and creamy, that I recommend to everyone, even those who don’t need it for the health benefits. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    • Erin replies to Nellie
      January 25, 2024 @ 2:29 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you tried and enjoyed the recipe. :) I think it’s surprisingly tasty. Thanks for your feedback!

  • Becky
    January 22, 2024 @ 12:36 am

    I stumbled on your recipe while looking for alternatives to coffee. I love my morning coffee, but like a different hot drink in the afternoon. I’m not a fan of hot tea so this creamy latte is my new favorite. LOVE the cinnamon addition! That makes such a difference.

    • Erin replies to Becky
      January 25, 2024 @ 2:30 pm

      I agree! It’s nice to have something different and that cinnamon is definitely a good addition. :D Thanks for your comment!

  • Kels
    January 20, 2024 @ 11:06 am

    I’m vegan and get tired of making the same warm drinks, I needed inspiration. This was fantastic and delicious. Thanks so much for posting it! I’ll have to try your other vegan drink recipes soon. If I ever get bored of this one. ;)

    • Erin replies to Kels
      January 25, 2024 @ 2:30 pm

      You’re very welcome! Haha. I hope you don’t get bored of this one, but if you do, I’ve got lots of other recipes you could try. I’m really glad you enjoyed the latte! Thanks for your comment.

  • Trudy
    January 19, 2024 @ 1:22 pm

    This is my new favorite cozy drink! I’ve been making a triple batch every day for my daughter and husband. Yum yum yum.

    • Erin replies to Trudy
      January 25, 2024 @ 2:31 pm

      Ooh, yay! I love that. Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

  • Ulli says
    January 12, 2024 @ 9:11 pm

    Thanks for posting something with maca. I for some reason thought it was the same thing as matcha. 🤦‍♀️ I got some off Amazon and tried it. Loved it. Will make again tomorrow! I used cashew milk too. Loved how creamy it was.

    • Erin replies to Ulli
      January 25, 2024 @ 2:32 pm

      You’re welcome! It’s great that you were able to try it and that you enjoyed it. :) Thanks for your feedback!


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