We are big matcha fans at my house. So when my 3 chicklets first suggested that I create a matcha bliss ball, I was all over it! We have since done numerous different variations, but I must say that this is one of my absolute favs — maybe cuz I'm also a huge fan of the rich, nutty pistachio flavour.
These tasty little no-bake snacks are loaded with easy-to-digest energy as well as healthy fats, fibre, protein and antioxidants galore. They are great for snacks, dessert, or even breakfast-on-the-go.
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Matcha is made by grinding high quality nutrient-rich green tea leaves into a fine powder. It has a beautiful green colour and a unique, complex taste, with a balance of naturally sweet, malty, bitter and earthy vegetal notes. It is packed with anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, disease-fighting phytochemicals including the subgroup of antioxidants called catechins. One particular catechin, EGCg, is widely recognized for its anti-cancer properties. Matcha is also used to induce a sense of calm while simultaneously boosting energy, concentration, memory and metabolism.
Matcha Pistachio Bliss Ball Recipe
Ingredients for approximately 12 balls:
3/4 cup shelled raw pistachios, plus additional for rolling
1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (used here) OR 1 scoop Nuzest Clean Lean natural protein powder
2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (optional, omit for vegan)
2 Tbsp white chia seeds
1 Tbsp high-grade matcha powder
1 cup (10 to 12) pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
optional: finely chopped pistachios, shredded coconut and/or matcha powder for rolling
Put pistachios, coconut, hemp seeds or protein, collagen, and chia seeds into food processor or blender container. Blend until well-chopped.
Add matcha powder and pulse 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. Using your hands, roll mixture into balls.
Once the balls are formed, roll in shredded coconut and/or matcha as desired.
Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.