These little coconut matcha energy balls make the perfect afternoon snack to keep you going. Loaded with only good ingredients and healthy fats, they are easily made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a busy week. Great for work lunchboxes or a sweet afternoon snack to satisfy cravings. Switch things up and add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to up the protein content.
Love matcha recipes? Why not try these Crinkle Coconut Matcha Cookies for your next sweet treat.
Coconut Matcha Energy Balls
Matcha has been on the up and up for the past few years, and I for one have been adding it to everything (you absolutely have to try this Energizing Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Smoothie next)!
My latest obsession is this coconut matcha bliss ball recipe which is just delightful and made with just a handful of simple ingredients. The green tea flavor pairs perfectly with the coconut and cashew flavors.
You are going to need:
- unsweetened desiccated coconut: be sure to check the ingredients as some brands have extra unnecessary ingredients added, you want simple unsweetened coconut with no added sugars;
- pure maple syrup: or another liquid sweetener of choice;
- cashew butter: this can be found in the same section as other nut butter in well-stocked grocery stores;
- matcha green tea powder: look for high-quality culinary grade matcha, it can now be found in most well-stocked grocery stores and health food stores;
- pinch of salt.
These little bites are so easy to bring together! We are simply going to add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until everything is well combined.
Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop spoonfuls of the mixture and use the palm of your hands to roll into evenly-sized small balls. Roll each ball in extra coconut, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and pop into the fridge or freezer for about an hour, or until set.
TIP: if the mixture is too runny to roll into balls straight from the food processor, put the whole thing into the fridge until slightly set, and then try again.
Alternatively, you can add the mixture to a small lined brownie pan, and press down until compact, pop it into the fridge and cut it into small squares once set.
Tips, Tricks, and Substitutions
If your food processor is struggling to bring the mixture together you may want to add some hot water or almond milk a teaspoon at a time to loosen things up.
I like to keep this recipe fairly simple with the list of ingredients as written, however, there are a number of additions you can add to the matcha balls if you want to change things up:
- almond meal in place of the coconut
- extra matcha powder for the matcha lover
- one or two organic dates for more sweetness (make sure you use pitted dates)
- a scoop of protein powder (I like to use vanilla protein powder but use whatever flavor of protein powder you prefer)
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- a scoop of peanut butter, almond butter, coconut butter or sunflower butter in place of the cashew butter
- some vanilla extract
- moringa powder
- or a scoop of green powder
Make your healthy energy bites work for you and your nutrition requirements, and the ingredients you have on hand.
Why not try rolling these little balls of goodness in some sesame seeds instead of coconut to change things up.
Perfect with a cup of tea.
Storing and Freezing
Matcha energy balls should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you are freezing them, you should freeze them on a baking sheet first, before transferring them to a Ziploc bag once frozen to prevent them from sticking together.
This makes it a lot easier to grab a single energy bite from the freezer.
Need More Healthy Snack Recipes?
Once you have perfected these matcha bliss balls you are going to have to check out these other energy ball recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls
- Cashew and Blueberry Bliss Balls
- Puffed Brown Rice and Banana Energy Balls
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Make a batch and keep stored in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
We keep these matcha balls nice and simple with shredded coconut, coconut oil, cashew butter, matcha powder, and maple syrup.
Tried these coconut matcha protein balls and loved them? Be sure to leave a star rating or a comment below to let me know.
Coconut Matcha Energy Balls
- 1.5 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
- ½ cup cashew butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- pinch of salt
- extra coconut for rolling
- Pop all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until just combined
- Using a cookie scoop, take a scoop of the mixture and roll it into a ball and then repeat with the rest of the ingredients. Roll the matcha ball in the extra coconut until coated.
- Pop into a parchment paper lined container and put in the fridge for at least an hour to set. Once set, enjoy!
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Yum! The matcha perfectly balanced the nutty mildly sweet maple in these coconut balls.
I am always looking for dry snacks for car trips, and these were perfect! The coconut and maple syrup combination was delightful.
I love matcha recipes and your coconut matcha energy ball are amazing!! Just what I needed for an afternoon pick-me-up!
Very tasty an the best afternoon pick me up snack!
Alex Bala says
I love energy balls and these coconut matcha balls are fantastic! A great pre-workout treat!