Energy levels suffering from an afternoon dip? These matcha energy balls no bake will give you a performance pick-me-up. This recipe is easy to make, contains no artificial sugar, and only takes a few minutes. Even better, you won’t need an oven and definitely no complex machines (no bake) are involved. Perfect for those moments where you don’t have much time: within just five minutes these delicious healthy matcha energy balls no bake are ready to serve.
Many of us experience a heavy post-lunchtime slump. Many of us also turn to less-than-healthy ways to increase energy levels or sugar levels to see us through the afternoon. This recipe for energy balls is great to combat this dip, and definitely offer a better replacement than a substance such as coffee. If we compare matcha vs coffee, not only does matcha contains a lower amount of caffeine compared to coffee, the energy effect also lasts longer. So that’s a win-win!
Thanks to the benefits of matcha in this easy-to-make snack, these power balls are extra healthy and nutritious. Just a small tbsp. of matcha will deliver tremendous results, while creating that oh-so-delicious but ever-so-subtle umami flavour.
Health benefits of dates
Dates contain plenty of energy-boosting elements, and offer a lot of health benefits too. They’re nutritious, high in fibre and contain plenty of antioxidants to protect your cells from free radicals.
Dates are also an excellent sweetener. They contain fructose, a natural type of sugar found in fruit. It’s a great (and healthier) replacement for traditional sugar, and is often used in a lot of weight-loss recipes or fitness training programs.
Low-calorie dates are often used as an afternoon snack to bump up the energy levels and get through the day. Plus they’re easy to pack, and a convenient snack to consume in between activities.
How to store matcha energy balls?
- Without freezing
Store the matcha energy bites in an airtight container. By limiting the airflow you keep the energy bites fresh for longer, and prevent them becoming dry. This way you can make them last for up to 1 week.
Freeze the energy bites in on a cookie sheet within 1–2 hours. Transfer them in a sealed bag or airtight container to stop them from becoming dry. Consume them within 2–3 months.
Tips for better energy balls at home
- Measurements are only a rough “guideline”. That’s because the ingredients will differ depending on the brand and quality. So try to avoid focusing on a perfect measurement. Instead aim to achieve a nice dough that’s only slightly sticky.
- Avoid overmixing the dough with the food processor into a “smoothie”. Aim for a dough that still contains some smaller pieces of nuts, because this creates a nice crunchy taste. A good tip is to mix for a few seconds and stop, inspect the dough and mix again.
- Experiment with new ingredients. There’s no “right” recipe, so mix and match ingredients you like into energy balls. Chia seeds, flax seeds or peanut butter are just a few examples that work great and are super healthy too.
- Are you looking for a protein variant of these matcha energy balls? Simply add a tbsp. of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to the mix.
- Use disposable vinyl gloves to create the balls to avoid sticking dough to your hands. This will be much easier and also more hygienic when you work on your power balls recipe.
- 65 g dates without pit
- 45 g cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 10 g coconut chips not toasted, unsweetened
- 10 ml water + some extra in case you need it
- 1 dash vanilla extract
- 50 g dark chocolate
Energy balls no bake
- Cut the dates into smaller pieces.
- Place all ingredients except the dark chocolate in a food processor.
- Process until it’s all mixed up. Add more water if necessary to keep the dough malleable. The result should be a soft paste that doesn’t fall apart.
- Knead the paste around into small balls.
- Put the energy balls on a parchment paper sheet.
- Placethe balls in the refrigerator and let them rest for 15-30 minutes until they’refirm.
- Cut the chocolate into smaller pieces.
- Place the pieces in a small bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir, and then putback in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir, and repeat if necessary until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted.
- Put the energy balls in the melted chocolate, stir around until fully covered with chocolate. Use a fork to remove and lightly shake until most of the chocolate drops are removed.
- Place the energy balls covered with chocolate on a parchment paper sheet and let themrest in the refrigerator for 30mins or until hardened.