Green Matcha Energy Balls
Green Matcha Energy balls, a simple plant-based snack ball recipe with bold green color and a kick of caffeine from matcha. Great as a snack, quick breakfast, or sweet treat!
Love matcha green tea powder? Use it to make a green energy bite! These matcha “bliss balls” come together in 15 minutes and are high in plant-based protein and fiber – and a kick of caffeine.
👉 Ready to learn how to make green energy balls with matcha? Let’s do it!
🎥 Recipe video
Watch my make these matcha snack balls!
- Green tea matcha powder: matcha, or powdered green tea, is used for a bold green flavor and a burst of caffeine
- Dates: dates are added to provide a sticky texture to the balls, and also include some sweetness
- Cashews: add crunch and protein to the balls; you can substitute other nuts or even larger seeds like pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds: add fiber and nutrients, and also help the balls stick together because they become gel-like when wet
- Flavorings: a touch of maple syrup (optional), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt
- Optional ingredients: If mixture is too dry, add a splash of plant-based milk or water to make it sticky
- Recommended tools: food processor or high powered blender
🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Blend the cashews
Start by first adding the cashews to a a food processor or high powered blender.
Blend on high until they are completely chopped and in smaller pieces.
2️⃣ Step Two: Add all ingredients and mix
Then add the matcha powder, pitted dates, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
Then blend until all ingredients are chopped and mixed together.
3️⃣ Step Three: Roll into small green energy balls
Finally it’s time to make the matcha energy balls.
To do this, remove the mixed ingredients to a plate or bowl. Then scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball with your hands.
Place the balls on a plate or in a container for serving. Then enjoy!
❓ Recipe questions + quick tips
Yes, absolutely! Any nuts will work well in this recipe, in particular almonds and walnuts are tasty. Larger seeds like pumpkin seeds are a great nut-free alternative, but smaller seeds won’t chop and hold the ingredients as well.
Yes, the maple syrup can we left out of the recipe. However, it does add a small amount of liquid to the recipe that helps the ingredient hold together so if you find the ingredients too dry to mold into balls then add a small amount (1 tablespoon) of water or plant-based milk to help create a stickier texture.
💡 Ideas for serving
- Eat as a snack. Make a batch of the matcha snack balls at the beginning of the week and eat as a throughout the week.
- As a breakfast on the go. Need a quick on-the-go breakfast alternative with a kick of caffeine? Eat 2 of these balls with a piece of fruit.
- Keep as a nutritious sweet treat. Enjoy a ball or two after a meal as a whole food alternative to sweet desserts.
🧊 How to store
- Refrigerator storage: Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Freezer storage: Freeze in a freezer-friendly container or bag for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before eating.
👉 More easy snack ball recipes
Want more energy ball recipes? Try my Cranberry Bliss Balls or these simple Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate.
Green Matcha Energy Balls
- 1 food processor or high-powered blender
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder
- 1 cup cashews or other nuts
- 5 whole medjool dates pits removed
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- Optional: splash of plant-based milk or water if needed
- Blend cashews: Blend cashews in food processor or blender until completely chopped.1 cup cashews
- Add all ingredients: Then add matcha powder, pitted dates, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt and pulse with the chopped cashews until completely mixed. Remove mixture to a mixing bowl or plate.2 tablespoons matcha powder, 5 whole medjool dates, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch salt
- Roll into balls: Using your hand, roll about 1 tablespoon into small energy balls. If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of liquid like plant-based milk or water to make the mixture sticky.Optional: splash of plant-based milk or water
- To store and serve: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or on the countertop until ready to eat.
- Prep ahead: Make this recipe up to five days ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week.
- Leftovers and storage: Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze in a freezer-friendly container or bag for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before eating.