Easy Matcha Energy Balls

August 27, 2017 1 Comment by Beth

Easy Matcha Energy Balls | Foodinary

In my opinion, one of the hardest parts about healthy eating is healthy snacking.  It’s not that I don’t love carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices, homemade trail mix, etc. – but variety is just so important.

Traditional energy or granola bars from most stores are chalk full of 20+ ingredients that you may not recognize.  I’m a firm believer that if I can’t recognize or pronounce all the ingredients in a food product, then it probably isn’t very healthy for me or my family.

The energy balls I’m making today only contain 6 ingredients:

  • Raw Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Medjool Dates
  • Dried Apricots
  • Unsweetened Coconut
  • Matcha

Easy Matcha Energy Balls | Foodinary

Today’s recipe is a fun, new combination of matcha powder, dried apricots, and unsweetened coconut using my standard energy ball/energy bar recipe as a base.

The one ingredient you may be unfamiliar with in the list above is Matcha. Matcha is green tea in powdered form.  Unlike when you drink traditionally steeped green tea, with matcha you are actually consuming the whole tea leaf so it is much more potent source of green tea’s naturally occurring antioxidants and caffeine (making it perfect for energy balls!).

For this recipe, I used Matcha Premium from Tenzo Tea, a company based out of Los Angeles California who uses Matcha sourced from Kyoto, Japan.  You can purchase Tenzo’s Matcha Premium here.

This recipe literally comes together in less than 5 minutes.  I just combine all of the ingredients in a food processor (adding the matcha powder last), and then use a cookie scoop to make equally sized energy balls.  I sprinkled mine with some more unsweetened coconut and then store them in the fridge for up to a week.

I think this recipe would be delicious as well if you added a little bit of lime zest and lime juice to give the energy balls a little extra zing!

Easy Matcha Energy Balls

5 minutes

Yield: 7-8 Energy Balls

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 plus 1 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons of Matcha Powder
5-6 Mejdool Dates (pitted)
3-4 dried apricots

Instructions

  1. Add the cashews, almonds, coconut, dates, and apricots to a food processor and pulse until the nuts are coarsely chopped and the mixture begins to stick together.
  2. Add the matcha powder and pulse until the mixture has turned a light green color.
  3. Form the mixture into 7-8 equally sized balls (I like to use a cookie scoop on this step)
  4. Sprinkle with extra coconut flakes if desired and store in the fridge for up to a week.
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  1. Mom
    2 months ago

    What a great idea and a fun way to use the Tenzo Tea!

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