Matcha balls are the perfect vegan bites. Matcha, almond meal, peanut butter and maple syrup hand-rolled into a healthy and tasty vegan snack.
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We all lead busy lifestyles, so one less thing to think about makes sense. I try and never get caught out with what to eat in between main meals, so these matcha bliss balls are perfect for this.
The ingredients used for this matcha snack are all pantry friendly, meaning you will be able to make these again and again.
These vegan energy balls go by a few names including vegan bliss balls, vegan protein balls, etc.
If you love the taste of matcha, then below are reasons why you need to make these vegan protein balls.
😋Why you’ll love this recipe
- Enjoy the benefits of matcha in a blissful way
- Easy to make using minimal all natural ingredients
- Gluten free, soy free, oil free and corn free
- Perfect size for ‘on-the-go’ snack
- Matcha is a natural way to boost your energy levels and have good nutritional content. If you’d like to read more about matcha benefits, I’ve linked this below under the ingredients section.
✔️What You’ll Need
🥘 Ingredients Notes
Notes on some of the ingredients, the full list of ingredients and their measurements can be found in the recipe card below.
Matcha - a good quality powder can be purchased from any health food store or buy matcha online (affiliate link).
Matcha is derived from the same plant as green tea, but the way this plant is grown is different, allowing it to have more chlorophyll.
You can read more about matcha and its benefits here.
Peanut butter should be all-natural 100% peanuts with no added anything. You can use chunky or smooth. I prefer chunky for a little bit more texture.
Maple syrup should be 100% maple syrup, this natural sweetener helps to bind the ingredients of these matcha bliss balls and make them less dry.
Almond meal is made up of 100% raw almonds which have been ground up with their peel, this is the bulk ingredient of this recipe. This can easily be purchased at your local health food store, supermarket or online.
Almond meal adds a natural protein component to these vegan protein balls.
Crushed pistachio is used as a coating - roll the finished matcha bliss balls into this. This is completely optional. See variations below for other coating ideas on these vegan bliss balls.
🔪 Step by step guide
Step 1 - In a large mixing bowl or food processor (affiliate link), add all ingredients and combine.
Step 2 - Using your hands, roll into 3cm (about an inch) balls.
Step 3 - Coat balls with crushed pistachio by rolling each one around in it.
Step 4 - Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate until matcha balls are firm. Keep stored in the fridge.
💭 Pro Tips
If using a food processor, ensure the ingredients are well combined throughout, sometimes the bottom is drier than the top as the maple syrup has blended throughout.
You can help this by scraping the sides and lifting the bottom ingredients to the top in between blending.
Matcha can be swapped out with moringa powder. Check out my moringa latte as a way to use moringa.
Peanut butter can be substituted with any other nut butter, though you may need to adjust the amount of maple syrup as some are drier than peanut butter.
These matcha balls can be made without coating.
Other coatings can be desiccated/shredded coconut, other crushed nuts, sesame seeds (this adds some lovely crunch), freeze-dried raspberries, matcha powder or cacao (bitter flavour).
Yes, another green superfood powder is moringa. It tastes and looks similar to matcha powder. This can be purchased online or at your local health food store.
Bliss balls are interchangeably called protein balls, energy balls, protein bites or energy bites. They are generally the size of 2-3 bites and can be made in many different flavours. Generally, they use all-natural energy-boosting ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, natural sweeteners and powders. They make the ideal healthy snack.
In an airtight container in the fridge, they are good for a couple of weeks.
Otherwise another sip away on this delicious matcha milk tea by Rae.
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Matcha Balls (5 Easy Ingredients)
- In a mixing bowl or food processor combine almond meal, matcha maple syrup and peanut butter1 tablespoon Matcha powder, 1½ cups Almond meal, 4 tablespoons Maple syrup, ½ cup Peanut butter
- Using your hands, roll into 3cm (about an inch) balls.
- Coat balls with crushed pistachio by rolling each one around in it.½ cup Crushed pistachio
- Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate until matcha balls are firm. Keep stored in the fridge.
N.B., nutrition info is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. This will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
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