Matcha Green Tea Energy Balls
These pack a nutritional punch from every single ingredient, even more so from the matcha powder. Matcha is green tea powder and it has many benefits: It boosts energy, improves mental focus, is high in antioxidants, it speeds up the metabolism, and helps detoxify the body. It does contain caffeine, so if you’re sensitive, then I recommend adding less or even omitting it. Matcha has a bitter and very distinct taste, so I find it has to be used in just the right amount to enjoy it. Start with less than I call for, and add more after tasting it.
Each ball contains 6 g of protein and has 230 calories.
- 1½ cups pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp. + ½ tsp. matcha powder
- ¾ cup raisins
- 1 cup pitted packed Medjool dates
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. water
Process the seeds, coconut, and salt in a processor until they turn to fine crumbs. Add the matcha powder, date paste, and raisins.
Process until everything is completely ground (it should be moist and crumbly). Add the water and continue processing just to incorporate it. The water is what will really hold the balls together.
Separate the dough into 18 pieces and roll into balls. Optional: Roll each ball in more matcha (this may be strong for some people though since the powder is bitter).
Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks, or store in the freezer for up to three months. The balls will be fine at room temperature for a whole day.
Makes 18 portions.