Packed full of healthy fats and protein to keep your blood sugar balanced between meals, these energy balls are a delicious snack that will perk you up. Moreover, matcha will give you a boost without the dreaded caffeine crash. A recent study found that matcha improved physical endurance by 24 per cent. Also, these are super simple to make and require no baking. Batch prepare them for your working week.
Matcha Coconut Energy Balls
For the energy balls:
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup
120g almond butter
50g ground almonds
50g desiccated coconut
½ tbsp matcha powder
52g coconut oil
1 tsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp matcha powder
In your food processor, add the chia seeds, maple syrup, almond butter, ground almonds, desiccated coconut, matcha powder and coconut oil.
Blitz until the mixture is combined.
Afterwards, transfer the energy ball mixture to a bowl and pop in the fridge to firm up for 10 minutes.
Next, take approx 2 tsp of the mixture and using your hands roll into a ball. If the mixture is overly sticky slightly wet hands will help.
On a flat surface sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp of matcha powder and 1 tsp desiccated coconut, roll each ball until they have an even coating. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe by Emma Carter, for the ICSA-accredited Natural Chef Diploma Courses at CNM, the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Visit naturalchef.com or call 01342 410 505. Photography by Emma Carter for CNM. CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) has a 22-year track record training successful health professionals, in class and online, with colleges across the UK and Ireland. CNM Natural Chef is an accredited member of ICSA (Independent Cookery Schools Association).