Shortly after I met Allie Weingarten, she introduced me to matcha, which is one of the many reasons why I love her. If you've heard of it, you're already on board with this magical powder. If you have no clue what matcha is, then you are in for a treat. Basically, matcha is a type of powdered green tea. It is healthier than your typical green tea, and has more caffeine than coffee. Gold. I've already traded in my morning coffee for matcha water, but recently I saw a picture of matcha energy balls (!!!) that piqued my interest. It's always a struggle to find good snacks to munch on during the day. After researching, I learned that the matcha energy balls appeared to be easy to make, healthy, delicious and energizing. I obviously had to try these for myself. Keep reading for my experience below.
Step One: Acquire the ingredients. I found this super easy recipe on a blog called Let's Eat Cake. All I needed was matcha (I ordered mine on Amazon here but you can also pick up at the grocery store), unsweetened Cacao powder, pitted dates, almonds, vanilla extract and maple syrup (I used honey instead).
Step Two: Put ½ cup of almonds, ½ cup of pitted dates, ¼ cup of cacao powder and 1 Tbsp. matcha in a food processor. I have a Ninja blender that doubles as a food processor so that's what I used. Here's a photo of all of the ingredients before blending them together.
Step Three: Blend it all together! I used the pulse setting on my Ninja a few times, and it ended up looking like this:
Step Four: Add the extract and the syrup (or in my case, honey). I made the mistake of adding both and putting them through the Ninja pulse again. I recommend dumping out the dry ingredients into a bowl, adding the extract and syrup/honey and then stirring it together. It will be easier to roll and less messy.
Step Five: Roll into balls! The recipe says you can make about 14, but I made a few more than that. I did have to add a little bit of extra honey when rolling them to make sure the balls stayed together. If you use syrup you may not have to do this.
Step Six: Roll the balls in extra matcha powder. I spooned out about a Tablespoon into a bowl and just rolled the balls in it. Then you pop them in the refrigerator (I recommend covering them) until ready to eat!
There you have it! These are a great day-time snack for a quick pick-me-up (also are gluten-free and vegan!). I usually eat 2-3 at a time. If you make any, let me know - I'd love to hear what you think!
This post was written by Kaitlyn Bentley, manager of True40 Birmingham. If you have any questions about matcha (or anything else), email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.