Local Puts Healthful Morsels on the Map


Sacramento native Maura Knowles is an L.A. actress with a string of movie and TV credits. But these days she’s getting rave reviews for her baking. Inspired to create a healthful cookie for her dad after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery last February, Knowles invented Mac-n-Mo’s Magical Morsels. The low-fat, low-sugar, low-cholesterol, high-fiber treats were such a hit with her dad, she started making them for friends, then began selling them at a frozen-yogurt shop in Los Angeles. Now, they’re available at two locations in L.A. and through her website, www.macnmos.com. “The business has snowballed,†says Knowles. “Both stores have sold out, and orders keep coming in.†The morsels come in three flavors—chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and pumpkin cranberry—and cost $10 for a dozen. Knowles, who grew up in River Park and attended St. Francis High School, has appeared in TV shows such as “Medium,†“Numbers,†“ER,†“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit†and “The Bold and the Beautiful.†Currently, she’s appearing in a Mini Cooper commercial. But her morsel business is keeping her hopping. “I’m a one-woman operation,†she says.