Experience a boost of natural energy with these 4 ingredient no-bake matcha green tea energy bites. They're loaded with antioxidants making them nourishing and delicious.
Why I love these energy bites
These matcha green tea energy balls are super easy to make and come together in 10 minutes. They provide a gentle pick-me-up without the jittery side effects of coffee. 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 which can help prevent premature aging.
All this in one little bite-sized ball that will leave you feeling energized and focused, yet calm and alert.
- 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.
- Matcha green tea: has a bright, grassy, vegetal flavor.
- Raw honey: adds sweetness and antibacterial properties to the matcha balls.
- Coconut oil: helps bind ingredients.
See recipe card for quantities.
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 medium sized bowl. With your hands, take about a heaping tablespoon of the matcha green tea mixture and form it into 1-inch balls.
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, but less than coffee. Where coffee can give you an instant boost, matcha 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.
- Shredded coconut: you can use sweetened shredded coconut but doing so will add about 30 grams more sugar per cup to this healthy snack. You can also use ¾ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut with 3-4 tablespoons of coconut flour or protein powder.
- Honey: feel free to swap the raw honey for regular honey or maple syrup.
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.
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.Print