Matcha Obsessed? Make Your Own Matcha Energy Balls
Want to bring your coffee shop matcha obsession home into the kitchen? These are a simple energy ball snack, but they’re not your average energy balls. I mean they’re green– green with goodness that is. These are so convenient to have on hand for those super early morning workouts when you need a little boost or when you’re rushing out the door. So what makes them so good? Well, let me take you through each main ingredient and why it is so nourishing for your body and soul!
Matcha is a green tea powder, but it contains 130x more antioxidants than a steeped tea. Since green tea contains caffeine, matcha give you a wake up little perk too. It also boosts your metabolism and immune system while reducing stress as well.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies that helps to promote hair, skin, and nail growth. It helps to keep our immune system, bones, and joints good and strong. It is actually considered the “glue” that holds our bodies together because it is an essential building block.
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and rich in antioxidants. They serve as a great natural source of energy and are considered a whole grain food.
Pistachios contain lots of nutrients such as carbohydrates, calcium, iron, vitamins, and have a higher protein content when compared to other nuts while also maintaining a lower fat content as well.
Dates are rich in vitamins and nutrients like calcium, potassium, which is beneficial for the nervous system, and are good in aiding muscle recovery to help grow muscle. Dates are also a good digestive aid due to their high fiber content.
Cashew butter contains heart healthy monounsaturated fats, which helps to decrease cholesterol, contains a lower fat content than other nut butters, and has a good protein content as well. These super nuts also come from the same family as pistachios.
Sometimes it’s easy to skip over the ingredients and just look at the nutritional content. While that is important, ingredients really do count. I encourage you to appreciate the ingredients more and strive to fuel your body with real food!
- 1/3 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
- 1/3 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 scoop collagen
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 10 dates
- 1 1/2 tbsp cashew butter
- Splash of almond milk
- Place dates in a bowl of hot water and let the soak for about 10 minutes.
- Combine shelled pistachios and oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until the contents are mostly ground.
- In a medium size bowl, combine ground pistachios, oats, matcha powder, collage, cinnamon, and ground chia seeds. Stir and thoroughly combine.
- Place soaked dates, cashew butter, almond milk, and all the dry ingredients in the processor and blend until the mixture becomes sticky.
- Roll into balls and chill for 15 minutes. Then, enjoy!
Photos: Abigail Harris