Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of matcha or already a seasoned lover, these green energy balls are a delicious way to enjoy matcha beyond your favourite tea bowl. Sweetened with dried fruit, and packed with wholesome nuts, enjoy as a delicious make-ahead snack.
Matcha has skyrocketed in global popularity the last few years. While famed on menus for its colour, unique flavour and health benefits, this finely ground tea leaf is no newcomer to the block – it has been enjoyed in East Asia for centuries.
It’s often sipped in a tea form, but matcha isn’t a one-trick pony in the kitchen. It can be used in lattes and smoothies, as well as desserts, baking or no-bake easy snack recipes, like these vanilla matcha bliss balls!
These make for an epic mid-morning snack or nutritious sweet treat – and might even bridge the gap as an (unconventional) speedy and light brekkie on days you’re stuck.
You’ll need just seven ingredients and 10 minutes to whip up a batch:
Will these matcha bliss balls give me a caffeine energy boost? Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, cacao and some tea plants, including green tea (like matcha!).
Thanks to its caffeine content, matcha can boost our energy – but portion matters. A serving of matcha tea, typically made with ½ – 1 teaspoon of powder, could have a caffeine content between 38–176 mg of caffeine/serve (it varies based on type, freshness, and brewing time) (1). For context, a standard cup of coffee contains 70-180mg caffeine, depending on strength and how you make it (2). With this in mind, and back to bliss balls, a tablespoon of matcha across a whole batch won’t provide as much caffeine per ball than if you were drinking a standard matcha tea.
But caffeine aside, energy balls are called energy balls for a reason. The synergistic blend of ingredients – like dried fruit and nuts – provides a variety of nutrients, like protein, carbs, fibre and heart healthy fats, offering a concentrated source of energy in snack form.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer. They’ll keep in the fridge for a few weeks and the freezer for a few months.
Enjoy as a snack or tasty sweet treat. They’re great for taking on-the-go, just add a few to a container and pop in your bag.
Looking for more tasty ways to use matcha in the kitchen? Try these matcha white chocolate dipped strawberries🍓🍵