A little word to the wise: don't eat too many of these matcha power balls before bed, or you'll be up all night.
These are some potent little concentrations of pure energy packed with protein, fibre, (natural) sugar, and a powerful kick of caffeine. We love them in the morning with our cup of matcha green tea, as a pre-workout snack, or just as an on-the-go snack between meals.
The real beauty of this matcha power ball recipe is that it is infinitely customisable. Don't have ground hazelnuts on hand? Try ground almonds, cashews, or hell, even peanuts. Dates are too dry? Add a couple tablespoons of honey or a teaspoon of non-dairy milk.
These matcha power balls require no wait time, no baking time, and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Matcha Power Balls
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes (including the time it takes to eat the first one...)
200g Dates (use the biggest and meatiest you can find)
100g Ground hazelnuts
2 tbsp. Maru Matcha No.4 organic Uji matcha (1 tbsp. for the power balls, and 1 tbsp. for dusting)
(optional) 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut
(optional) 2 tsp. Hemp powder
(optional) 2 tsp. Honey (we love chestnut honey here, as it adds a wonderfully earthy character to the balls).
Add the hazelnuts and dates to a bowl, and start splodging them together with clean hands; think of this like kneading dough. Once these start to stick together, add Maru matcha powder and any other ingredients you feel like throwing in.
Keep kneading everything together, being careful to smooth out any lumps or big chunks of dates, until everything is smoothly combined. Then, tear off ping pong ball-sized pieces, and roll them around in your hands to make balls.
Now for the fun part: Take a plate or bowl and add the remaining 1 tbsp. of matcha, and drop each ball in, swirling it around briefly so that the ball is lightly covered in matcha.