I fell in love with these Matcha Maca Energy Balls at first bite. They are so simple to make and a delicious and healthy way to add some sweetness to your day. Enjoy these mouthful sized treats for a morning or afternoon snack or even as a dessert. In particular, I have been loving them with my afternoon cup of tea; a natural cure for energy slumps or cravings for less healthy sweets. Humble chick peas form the base of this recipe, which are the perfect neutral carrier for the other ingredients. The soft chewy texture is contrasted with crunchy bits of macadamia nuts; hence the “maca” in the recipe title. Providing the beautiful, bright green colour in these energy balls is matcha tea.

Matcha is a powered form of green tea, commonly grown and processed in Japan. It’s high in antioxidants, amino acids, and chlorophyll. Although matcha tea contains caffeine, that is balanced by the amino acid L-theanine, which has a calming effect on the mind and body. Together, L-theanine provides relaxation and the caffeine creates focus; the ying and the yang. You’ll notice the wonderful earthy flavour which is provided by the Matcha tea.

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I hope you give these coconut covered green gems a try with your next cup of tea!

Ciao,

Sarah

Matcha Maca Energy Balls

Makes approximately 18 balls
Prep Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup soaked cashews
6 dates
1 cup chick peas
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp matcha powder
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In just boiled water, soak dates and cashews in a bowl for 15 minutes, while preparing other ingredients.
2. Combine soaked dates and cashews, chick peas, honey, vanilla, salt, and matcha powder in food processor. Blend until mixtures forms a dough consistency.
4. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts, using your hands if necessary.
3. Make teaspoon sized balls and roll in dried coconut flakes until covered. Store in refrigerator or freezer if you are going to use at a later time.

Note: I recommend serving these chilled, but they can be at room temperature as well.