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, and Whole30 friendly.
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?
Here is a great recipe to try.
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.
Do you want to know what else is great about these matcha energy balls? They are good for you!
Matcha is a trendy superfood that you’ve probably heard about. Each ball is packed with all of the health benefits that come along with matcha.
Also, they are only 40 calories per energy ball! So go ahead and have more than one!
These snacks would make a great addition to your morning routine. You can grab a matcha energy ball when you’re heading out the door.
Snack on a few energy balls is a great way to energize your body when you don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast with coffee or tea.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Cashews – 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 – Did you know dates are a great natural sweetener? Who needs sugar when you can use this high fiber and rich in antioxidants 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 – It’s a powerful superfood that many people are switching their coffee for this bright green tea.
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.
The powder can also be used in other applications, as these energy balls.
So what’s the big deal about matcha? Well, matcha is made from the leaves of the same plant that green tea comes from.
But because it’s made from the entire leaf, matcha can pack in more nutrients and antioxidants. You can get it here.
Vanilla extract – 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 – 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 – Sea salt is an enjoyable ingredient to have handy. Salt will always elevate the flavor of baked goods and other foods.
How to Make Matcha Energy Balls
Let’s make the matcha energy balls now that we’ve learned all about the ingredients.
It’s important to mention that you are going to want a good food processor like this for this recipe. A blender will work if you don’t have a food processor, though.
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.
Now, add the dates and continue to pulse until everything starts to blend together.
Next, you can add the rest of the ingredients. Pulse again until everything is combined.
Once everything is combined, you will now build the energy balls. Here are a few various methods you can use to put the balls together.
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.
This will help keep the energy ball mixture from sticking to your hands.
Another option for molding the balls would be to use a cookie scoop.
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.
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.
One significant health benefit is that it is believed to have cancer-fighting properties. Additionally, it’s been said to prevent heart disease and help with weight loss.
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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- 1 cup cashews
- 8 soft dates (pitted)
- 3 tbsp Matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 26 energy balls Serving Size: 1 energy ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 0.7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 3.8gNet Carbohydrates: 3.4gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gProtein: 0.9g
Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.