I’m always trying to find healthy, nutrient dense snacks to have on hand when I’m on the go. It’s been a struggle to find snacks that have a sufficient amount of protein in them to keep me feeling full throughout the day. There’s always protein bars, but let’s face it, most protein bars taste like protein powder, and contain an unnecessary amount of sugar (along with other not so great things). This matcha energy balls recipe is the perfect healthy snack.
Healthy Snack Ideas
I discovered these wonderful little balls of goodness called energy balls about a year ago, and they have changed my life since. They started popping up in the raw vegan because they require no cooking whatsoever, which makes them so ridiculously easy to make!
Energy Balls For Kids
Energy balls are a great healthy option for kids. They’re a wonderful way to sneak healthy ingredients into a fun snack. In addition to matcha, you could also add a superfood greens powder to these energy balls if you wanted to sneak some greens into your kids diet! These energy balls also make for healthy snacks on the go. I’m always experimenting with healthy snacks to make.
This matcha energy ball recipe is one of my favourites. I’ve been making this energy ball recipe almost every week since I put it together! These matcha energy balls are jam packed full of healthy ingredients to keep you feeling full and energized all day long. They contain some of my favourite superfoods, including almonds, goji berries, coconut oil and medicinal mushrooms. But the main star of the show is….(drumroll)….
A little bit about matcha:
It is a powdered green tea that is extremely high in antioxidants. It helps to protect the body from oxidative stress. It also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that creates a state of mental calmness in the brain. The L-Theanine also helps to counteract the stimulating response the body would normally have from taking caffeine (since matcha contains caffeine). Additionally, it helps the body to boost metabolism and increase weight loss. Making a healthy snack recipe, such as these matcha energy balls, is a great way to get a dose of antioxidants into your diet!
A little bit about goji berries:
These dried berries are also high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, helping to boost the immune system. They are high in protein, beta carotene (that beautiful bright pigment found in certain fruits and plants), and iron. Goji berries also make a great healthy snack idea on their own. They are a great addition to a healthy trail mix!
A little bit about scarlet cordyceps:
Scarlet Cordyceps is a rare species of mushroom that has immune modulating properties. It also helps to improve stamina, and also helps to detoxify the body. It is a great mushroom to take for exercise performance! Scarlet Cordyceps can easily be mixed into any healthy snack recipe!
I hope you enjoy these lovely little matcha energy balls just as much as I do! For more healthy snack recipes like this one, please check out my Spiced Zucchini Cranberry Bread and snacks recipe page!
Matcha Almond Goji Energy Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of almonds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1-1/2 cup of soaked medjool dates
- 4 tbsp roasted almond butter
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp scarlet cordyceps, optional, but highly recommended!
- 1 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp neem honey, optional
- Soak medjool dates in water for 5-10 minutes. I suggest soaking the dates beforehand to soften them and make it easier for your food processor to break them down.
- While the medjool dates are soaking, place the rolled oats, almonds, goji berries, and shredded coconut into a food processor and blend on high until everything is roughly ground.
- Once the medjool dates are softened up, place them into the food processor, along with the roasted almond butter, matcha powder, extra virgin coconut oil and honey.
- Whiz it all up in your food processor for about 5 minutes until the mixture becomes dough-like. It is normal if the dough appears a little dry. The mixture should stick together once you start forming them into balls.
- Once the mixture is well combined, form the dough into bite sized balls. Feel free to sprinkle some more matcha on top! The recipe should yield around 14 energy balls, but you may be able to get more out of it if you make your balls smaller.
- After you’ve rolled all your energy balls, place them in the freezer for at least an hour to firm up. Remove from freezer and enjoy!