Experience a boost of natural energy with these 4-ingredient no-bake matcha green tea energy bites. They're packed with antioxidants making them a nourishing and delicious choice any time of day.
- Easy - these matcha green tea energy balls are super easy to make and come together in 10 minutes with only 4 simple ingredients. These small balls provide a gentle pick-me-up without the jittery side effects of coffee for that afternoon slump.
- Health benefits - matcha green tea is loaded with antioxidants called polyphenols which may reduce your risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and combat inflammation. The EGCG in green tea also reduces oxidative stress and may help prevent premature aging. All this in one little bite-sized ball that will leave you feeling energized and focused, yet calm and alert.
If you like to keep extra healthy snacks that are easy little bites on hand try my healthy cookie dough bites or my chewy chocolate chip granola bars and my dark chocolate roasted chickpeas.
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Unsweetened shredded coconut - has a nutty and naturally sweet flavor. It's high in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. It also includes medium chain triglyceride fat which is more easily converted into energy and less likely to be stored as fat. Swap with unsweetened coconut flakes for more texture in this healthy snack.
- Matcha green tea - has a bright, grassy, vegetal flavor, similar to green tea flavor, with a vibrant green color like in my Matcha Dark Chocolate Mint Cups.
- Raw honey - adds sweetness and antibacterial properties to the matcha balls. Swap with regular honey or pure maple syrup.
- Coconut oil - helps bind ingredients with healthy fats.
See recipe card below for all ingredients and quantities.
Expert tips and variations
Matcha protein balls - use ¾ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut with 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds, coconut flour, almond flour, almond meal, protein powder, vanilla protein powder or dark chocolate protein powder. You may need a little extra coconut oil to keep matcha bites from crumbling.
Or, add a ¼ cup cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter with ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. It makes a great snack.
Store - store the matcha green tea energy bites in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. They are better in the fridge as the coconut oil will be too soft at room temperature to maintain a firm ball.
You can also freeze the healthy energy balls. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Transfer the balls to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to make matcha green tea energy balls
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor (I use a small processor). Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until all the ingredients come together but are still textured and not completely smooth.
- Carefully remove the mixture from the bowl of the food processor and put into a large bowl or medium sized bowl. With your hands, take about a heaping tablespoon of the matcha green tea mixture and form it into 1-inch balls.
Note: don't have a food processor? Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix with a spoon until well blended.
Frequently asked questions
Matcha is a type of green tea made from young tea leaves. The entire tea leaves are ground into a bright green powder, resulting in greater amounts of nutrients and antioxidants than naturally found in regular green tea.
Matcha has more caffeine than green tea leaves, but less than coffee. Where coffee can give you an instant boost, a matcha latte gives a more gentle release of energy that can last longer without the jittery side effects of coffee. This superfood can boost your metabolism while calming your mind and relaxing your body.
I like to use a small food processor to bring my ingredients together. You can also use a high powered blender with the tamper tool.
If you prefer, you can also mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon or spatula. You will however have a more textured matcha energy ball because the shredded coconut will not be broken down.
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Matcha Green Tea Energy Balls
- 1 small food processor
- 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon raw honey (use 1 tablespoon if you prefer less sweetness)
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor (I use a small processor). You can also use a high powered blender with the tamper tool, or a medium sized bowl and a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the ingredients are combine yet still textured. Or, mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until well blended.
- With your hands, roll about a heaping tablespoon of the mixture at a time, and form into balls.
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