We are big matcha fans at my house. So when my 3 chicklets suggested that I create a matcha bliss ball, I was all over it! They love to test my recipes, so this is a pic of some my eldest made himself.
These tasty little no-bake snacks are loaded with easy-to-digest energy as well as healthy fats, fibre, protein and antioxidants galore.
Matcha is made by grinding high quality nutrient-rich green tea leaves into a fine powder. It contains amazing phytochemicals that are believed to help:
fight against diseases including cancer
detoxify the body of heavy metals and other harmful chemicals
improve memory and concentration
induce a sense of calm
improve immune function
increase metabolism and support healthy weight loss
Pretty darn good for something that also happens to taste great!
Ingredients for 12 balls:
3/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds OR Nuzest Clean Lean natural or vanilla protein powder
2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (omit for vegan)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp high-grade matcha powder
10 to 12 pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
optional: additional shredded coconut and/or matcha powder for rolling
Put cashews, coconut, hemp seeds or protein powder, collagen peptides, and chia seeds into food processor or blender container. Blend until well-chopped.
Add matcha and pulse blend a couple of times to mix.
Add the dates and vanilla. Blend until a uniform paste is created, scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula as needed.
Scrape mixture onto a plate or parchment paper and roll into 12 balls. Once the balls are formed, roll in shredded coconut and/or matcha as desired.
Matcha Cashew Coconut Protein Balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.