Matcha Energy Balls

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Matcha energy balls are earthy, pleasantly bitter, and just slightly sweet. They’re a perfect snack to have in the morning that will keep you awake throughout the day.

They’re no-bake, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo.

Are you new to the energy ball game and looking for something unique to try? Or have you been making energy balls for a while and want to mix things up a bit?

matcha energy balls covered in coconut

These matcha energy balls are an enjoyable recipe to add to your snack collection. They are delicious, healthy, and a fun color! Did you see how green they are?!

They aren’t too sweet. But the energy balls are sweet enough to help fight off those sugar cravings for those who love sugary snacks. They may even help you ween off sweeter snacks completely.

Alternatively, they are a great option for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. The energy balls have a very earthy, pleasantly bitter taste that’s quite delicious.

sprinkling coconut on energy balls

Ingredients You’ll Need

Cashews (1 cup) – Cashews are nuts packed with health benefits for those trying to lose weight, stay fit, and remain healthy. They have healthy fats, high amounts of fiber, and low in sugar.

Also, they contain copper and magnesium, which are vital components for healthy bones.

Soft dates (8) – Did you know dates are a great natural sweetener? Who needs sugar when you can use this high-fiber and rich antioxidant ingredient?

It’s not recommended to replace this ingredient with something else. Dates will provide the perfect amount of sweetness and keep the energy balls moist.

Matcha green tea powder (3 tbsp) – It’s a powerful superfood that many people are switching their coffee for this bright green tea. You can get it here.

It’s been claimed to release caffeine slower in the body than coffee. Therefore, you won’t crash as you might after drinking a cup of coffee.

Vanilla extract (1/4 tsp) – Vanilla extract is a great way to add flavor without adding artificial ingredients and added sugar. Try to find pure vanilla extract (and avoid buying imitation extract).

Shredded coconut (¼ cup) – Shredded coconut is a common ingredient found in energy balls. The texture is perfect, and it combines with the other elements perfectly.

Make sure to find shredded and not flaked coconut. This is the best texture for energy balls.

Sea salt (a pinch) – Sea salt is an enjoyable ingredient to have handy. Salt will always elevate the flavor of baked goods and other foods.

ingredients for energy balls

How to Make Matcha Energy Balls

Step 1. The initial step is to put the cashews in the food processor and blend until they are fine crumbles. You are going to want a flour-like texture at the end of this step.

Step 2. Now, add the dates and continue to pulse until everything starts to blend together.

Step 3. Next, you can add the rest of the ingredients. Pulse again until everything is combined.

Step 4. Once everything is combined, you will now build the energy balls. You can use your hands and roll about a tablespoon into a small ball.

A helpful hint here would be to spray or put a little bit of coconut oil on your hands first. Another option for molding the balls would be to use a cookie scoop.

Step 5. Once you’re done shaping the balls, roll them in the shredded coconut. Now, put them in the refrigerator for at least two hours before eating.

steps to make matcha energy balls

Is Matcha Actually Good for You?

Yes! Matcha is very good for you. Remember, it’s made from the same plant as green tea. And green tea is known to have many health benefits.

You can use matcha in recipes like this one, or there are many other uses. One of the most popular uses is as a coffee substitute.

While both coffee and matcha have caffeine, matcha does not have as much. So when it’s consumed in moderation, it’s perfectly healthy.

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matcha energy balls
4.75 from 4 votes

Matcha Energy Balls

By Karo @ AllNutritious
These vegan Matcha energy balls are pleasantly bitter with a hint of sweetness. They're no-bake, dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo.
Prep: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 26 energy balls



  • Get a food processor, add cashews and pulse them until we achieve flour-like consistency.
  • Now, add in the dates. Pulse the food processor for another minute or so.
  • Add matcha, vanilla extract, and sea salt and pulse until fully combined.
  • Roll the mixture into small balls in your hands and then coat them in shredded coconut.
  • Store in a refrigerator on a plate. Keep them there for at least 2 hours before serving.

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* The flavor of Matcha is quite strong and might be a little much for some. Unless, you're a caffeine and Matcha lover through and through. You can use 1 or 2 tbsp instead, and it won't affect the way these energy balls turn out.


Serving: 1 energy ball | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.8g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 41mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Megan says:

    4 stars
    I super duper love matcha but my goodness. I only use 1/2 the matcha and it’s still a super strong flavor. Follow the rest of the recipe to a T and it worked out just fine.

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      Hello Megan,

      yes. Cashews and dates make up the recipe, so you can lower the amount of matcha safely. I love my caffeine, so I went in strong, haha!