If you’re looking for a healthy green snack, you’ve come to the right place. Matcha energy balls are an easy snack idea you can feel good about, made with nutrient-packed ingredients.
Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack idea or just like trying new energy ball recipes these matcha balls are for you. Not only is it made with simple ingredients, but the green tea flavor and vibrant green color make it a suitable option if you’re looking for healthy St. Patrick’s Day snacks.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a powder made from the leaves of Japanese green tea leaves. These tea leaves are called true tea since they are made using the camelia sinensis plant. The resultant matcha powder is chocked full of health benefits and can then be used to make recipes like baked goods, smoothies, matcha latte and matcha green tea bites.
Health Benefits of Matcha
When it comes to the health benefits of matcha powder, these benefits are similar to regular green tea with a few key differences. Both of these products come from the same plant, but they are processed differently. Unlike green tea, matcha leaves are grown in the shade and protected from oxidation after harvesting.
These steps help retain more nutrients than green tea processing and they also have a more intense green color. Only the matcha leaves are grinded into a fine powder. Not the stems or other parts of the plant. As a result of these additional steps. matcha contains up to 137 times more epigallocatechin 3-gallate (ETCG). a powerful antioxidant , than some brands of green tea.
This potent antioxidant lends to a plethora of health benefits including:
- improved brain function
- anti-inflammatory benefits
- reduction of chronic diseases
Ingredients in Matcha Energy Balls
- avocado (ripe, peeled and pitted)
- matcha powder (organic) -Use an organic, non-gmo variety, with no added ingredients.
- avocado oil (cold-pressed)-Premium and cold pressed. Avocado oil is good cooking and natural beauty regimens.
- coconut flour (non-gmo, organic)
- maple syrup (pure maple syrup)- Any 100% pure and organic variety will do).
- dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (may opt to use dairy-free chocolate)
Health Benefits of Avocado
The natural green color in this nutritious snack is due to the presence of matcha power and ripe avocado. Avocados are a good source of healthy fats. Remember, fat is not a bad thing. However, you want to be sure that your body to has the right types of fats, to function optimally. Avocados, are full of vitamins and nutrients, like C, E. K and B6. Avocados are also a good source of niacin, folate magnesium and omega fatty acids.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth, this recipe is perfect for you. The best part is that you can tackle those sweet cravings head on with good for you ingredients like maple syrup and dark chocolate.
Due to the high cocoa content, dark chocolate is full of anti-inflammatory health benefits.
These vitamins and nutrients are good for the heart, support healthy vision, and protect from chronic diseases.
Tools You Need
- bowl of food processor
- saucepan or double boiler
- parchment paper
- airtight container
- melon baller (optional)
How to Make Matcha Balls
- Cut the avocado in cube-sized pieces.
- Place all the ingredients (avocado, avocado oil, coconut flour, maple syrup, and matcha powder) into a food processor.
- Pulse the mixture until well blended.
- Take spoonfuls of the mixture and roll it into small balls. You can also use a melon baller for this.
- Place the little balls of goodness on a tray lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat the process until all of the mixture is finished. At this point you can enjoy the matcha energy balls as is. If you’d like to dip them in chocolate, see the additional instructions below.
- Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- While the matcha snack is in the freezer ,take the dark chocolate chips and melt them using a double boiler or microwave.
- Remove green energy balls from the freezer and cover in melted chocolate.
- Place the matcha bites onto the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with extra matcha powder or additional toppings as desired.
How to Store Matcha Energy Balls
Store matcha tea balls in a sealed container. They can keep well refrigerated for 2-3 days and be frozen for up three months.
When to Serve Matcha Energy Balls
This recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness to beat sugar cravings.
If you need a jolt of energy after hitting the afternoon slump, these little bites are a great healthy option.
If you’re looking for healthy St. Patrick’s Day snacks, matcha energy balls are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday with something naturally green without any artificial colors.
Easy Matcha Energy Balls
Matcha energy balls are a delicious and healthy snack idea that is easy to make and gluten free.
- 1 avocado (peeled with pit removed)
- 3 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 coconut flour (plus more or rolling)
- 1 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- matcha powder to top (optional)
- shredded coconut (optional)
- Cut avocado in cube-sized pieces.
- Place the avocado, matcha powder, coconut flour, maple syrup and avocado oil in a food processor and pulse until well blended or until all the avocado is mized in.
- Use a spoon or melon baller to roll the mixture into even sized balls and place them on a parchement lined tray.
- Repeat the process until you run out of dough.
- Place the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Next, place the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave to melt.
- Remove the matcha balls from the freezer and dip as many as you'd like in the melted chocolate.
- Places the matcha balls on parchment paper.
- Sprinkle each ball with extra matcha as desired.
You can enjoy these matcha balls with chocolate or without. Feel free to top with any additional toppings that you'd like.
Amount Per Serving Calories 59Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 0g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically and isn't always accurate.
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