Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls + An Energy Ball Round-Up!

I consider myself an original baller, an “OB” so to speak. I’ve been ballin’ since 1989. Ballz (with a z) is my middle name. Okay you get the picture, I like balls. In fact I like balls so much that I even work for a snack ball company. As much as I love Kewaza, and I do, I’m on a pretty tight budget so 90% of the time I’m making my own balls from scratch.

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls + An Energy Ball Round-Up! // thehealthymaven.com When I’m working Kewaza demos, I always get the couple of stragglers who announce to me “ya I make these at home”. Every ounce of me wants to scream “me too!!!” but I know I can’t. I know how simple they are to make, but I also have the time and the appliances to make them. Not everyone has these privileges so packaged balls are definitely convenient for these folks. I have also learned not to tell “demoers” that I can make their product at home, because it makes me obnoxious.

The most commonly asked question when I’m demoing is “why balls, and not bars?” The answer is simple. It’s so much funnier to sell or make balls than bars. I mean we wear shirts that say “try our balls” for goodness sake. It just doesn’t have the same effect with bars. Then there’s the fact that balls play mind tricks. When was the last time you were able to eat half a bar and put the rest away? Never. It’s impossible. Now take the bar and roll it into two balls and you have yourself two snacks. Magical balls!

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls + An Energy Ball Round-Up! // thehealthymaven.com The second most popular question is, “why do you call them energy balls?”.  I’m going to answer this for both Kewaza and my ball recipes, because they’re made from REAL FOOD! I don’t want to hear about the sugar or fat content on these things anymore. If you want energy, you need carbs and fat and sugar! I’m not a nutritionist, so I’m not going to lecture you on this but nuts and dried fruit hit you fast so when you’ve reached the “hangry” state aka the point of no return, you better eat something that’s going to provide you with energy ASAP.

If you add some chocolate and matcha in there I can just about promise you you’ll go from hangry to energizer bunny in under 5 minutes. You can thank me later…

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Rating: 51

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 balls

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soft, pitted dates (make sure they are sticky)
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T matcha green tea powder + more for dusting
  • 1 T unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add dates and almonds to a food processor and process until they come together into a sticky ball.
  2. Break up ball and add in cocoa powder, matcha powder and almond milk.
  3. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again.
  4. Roll into 10 small balls and dust with more matcha powder.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or longer in freezer.
http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2014/05/chocolate-matcha-energy-balls-energy-ball-round.html

Chocolate Matcha Anergy Balls 4 I’m not done with you just yet! Even though I don’t want you going up to demoers and bragging about your ball skills, I do still want you to gloat to all of your friends and family how delicious your balls taste! I’m also in a good mood at the moment so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ball recipes from THM and from my friends around the web. I went balls deep into my energy ball research to find some the best! Hope you enjoy.

Healthy Energy Ball Recipes Allergy-Free Energy Bites- 52 Kitchen Adventures (gf, df, nf)
Apple Pie Bites- The Healthy Maven (gf, df)
Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks- Pint Sized Baker (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites- The Healthy Maven (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Bunny Tail Energy Bites
- Happy Food, Healthy Life (gf)
Carrot Cake Energy Bites- For The Love Of (gf, df, nf, paleo-friendly)
Chickpea Cookie Dough Truffles- The Healthy Maven (gf, df)
Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls-Fannetastic Food (gf, df)
Coconut Nut Balls- Running To The Kitchen (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Lemon Hemp Bites- The Healthy Maven (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Mexican Mocha No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls- Tasty Yummies (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Peanut Butter Brownie Balls- Fit Foodie Finds (gf, df)
Pomegranate Oat Chia Protein Balls- Nosh and Nourish (gf, df)
Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls- Texanerin Baking (gf, df)
Raw Key Lime Pistachio Bites- The Healthy Maven (gf, df, paleo-friendly)
Sea Salt Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles- Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gf, df, nf, paleo-friendly)
Sunflower Butter Carob Balls- The Healthy Maven (gf, df, nf, paleo-friendly)
Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia- Two Healthy Kitchens (gf, df)
Vanilla Almond Butter Protein Bites-The Almond Eater (gf)

gf= gluten-free    df= dairy-free     nf= nut-free

Are you a baller?! Can you count how many ball jokes I made in this post?!

Comments

  1. says

    It really is pretty much impossible to eat just half a bar. I have seen green tea matcha powder on quite a few recipes recently but have never tried it. I’m sure these would still be good without it, but I think it’s something I might have to try soon. Thanks for linking up all these other ballz too!
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted…Doodle Birthday Cake

  2. says

    Love the colour of these. Yeah I used to make balls all the time too. Too lazy now. I know, that goes to show my level of care in the kitchen right now. Eating spoonfuls of PB is a good way to stay alive when you don’t want to prepare a meal or snack though. Hahahaha I kid.

  3. says

    Amazeballz! (this is the worst word I learned as a blogger – Laura and me said it all the time last week just to be silly and laughing our heads off.)
    Look at this roundup. So amazing – it’s been way too long since I put my hands on balls. (…)
    I want to look into these recipe and maybe even make some more of the Valentine’s Balls I made for your bakeoff.
    Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted…2nd Part of #LauraandLucie in Switzerland – the Birthdaypart

  4. says

    I love making balls purely for all the balls jokes. If possible I would eat balls for breakfast lunch and dinner just for the excuse. Oh, you don’t think I said balls enough in this comment? These balls look delicious!

    Balls balls balls.

    Oh wait, I’m 25? Clearly my maturity level hasn’t caught up to my actual age yet ;)
    Gabby @ the veggie nook recently posted…oatmeal brûlée

  5. says

    True that, with the getting two for one in balls vs. bars! But then I end up eating three … or seven. Oh well, its healthy! Your job sounds really hard now – I wouldn’t be able to keep my mouth shut (“you know what, you aren’t that cool because I make them at home too! So there.”) Ha! Your shirts … well done marketing staff. And again, I bow to your ninja photography skills!

  6. says

    HOLY BALLS!
    bahahaha ok so this post is literally filled with fun and Im not ashamed to say I read it twice. And now Im going to go check out all those delicious balls…
    Kat recently posted…Randomly Delicious

  7. says

    Lol! Love all the fun with balls! :D Balls (we call ‘em Snack Bites) were actually the very first recipe we ever posted … they’re near and dear to our hearts, too! Awesomely yummy and so dead-center chic with matcha! Pinning, of course! And thanks a million for including our Tropical Snack Bites – so honored to be amongst so many other fabulous recipes!
    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens recently posted…Mom’s Best Whole Wheat Waffles

  8. says

    Hello, Davida. I stumbled across your blog through Mary Frances at the Sweet (tooth) life, I think. Hilarious post! It’s funny because I just bought something quite similar to this from a local supermarket (dates, cashews, cocoa & raisins I think) and I was thinking how easy they would be to make. Great idea to turn them into balls!! :-)
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane recently posted…Greek stuffed ‘little shoes’

  9. says

    I still haven’t tried Matcha tea?? I would have thought having heard the word so many times that it would have somehow happened to me by now XD These look delightful!
    Shonalika recently posted…Mango Lassi

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