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, Easy No Bake Brownie Balls, Coconut Lemon 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.