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Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls + 20 Healthy Energy Ball Recipes!

May 13, 2014

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.comWhen 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.comThe 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

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 balls 1x



  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.

Chocolate Matcha Anergy Balls 4I’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.

20 Healthy Energy Ball Recipes with gluten-free, vegan, and paleo options . These will keep you energized all day long!

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)
Lemon Vanilla Energy Balls– The Healthy Maven (gf)
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?!


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 13, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Pretty sure I know whoZ ballZ take the …. crown?

    Yes x 1000. You just preached what energy requires. Not air and lies. How dare you not wait 2 weeks for me to post my protein ball recipe. I shall call the failed attempts Davida’d.

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    May 13, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Oh my gosh! I JUST invented pretty close to the exact same recipe yesterday and thought I was all creative haha! Yours look great! 🙂

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 13, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Lol. Crack me up. I am not a baller but I don’t drink smoothies either so the no ball thing just adds to my weirdness in blog land. Not to mention, I am typically allergic to most of the ball ingredients – nuts and oh, the green tea powder. So sad, right?!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I still remember my first experience with balls… I was shy and timid at first, but quickly became hooked and there was no going back after that 😉 That being said, I’m currently cheating on balls with bars. Don’t tell.

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    May 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

    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!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Love me some balls forever and always<3 Haven't made any in a couple weeks… may have to try these sans matcha because I don't think I like it (ya I don't even know for sure).

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    May 13, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I love balls! I have never had matcha before, need to get on that shit!

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    Aqilah Norazman
    May 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I love ballz. I love matcha. And all things japanese. This looks incredibly amazing.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

    ahhh so many balls, so little time….I don’t think I’ve ever had matcha. Am I missing out big time?

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    May 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

    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.

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    May 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

    A mouthful of balls makes me one happy gal! Wait – get your mind out of the gutter – I was talking about chocolate and nut balls! 😉

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    May 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I’m such a baller!!! These pictures are seriously awesome! Love the green powdering! Great roundup too…. Can’t wait to look some of these up!

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    May 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    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.

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner
    May 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I’m DEFINITELY a baller… 😉 haha. Great post. I’ve made quite a few of these before. They’re so handy and portable. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    May 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Love me some balls! I’ve only made them once, but I definitely need to again!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    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 😉

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    Anne @fANNEtasticfood
    May 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’d like to taste your balls.

    😉 Thanks for the link love – great sounding recipe!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    May 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I LOVE energy balls! They are something I make often. I usually will make a bunch on the weekends, then bring some with me as snacks during the week. They work out perfectly for that! I’m loving this recipe and the round-up!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Cute post! These look delicious!

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    These look ridiculous!!!!! Thanks for including my ballz 🙂

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Gorgeous balls! I love matcha and have been looking for a recipe.

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love the picture of the balls being dusted with matcha powder! I haven’t had matcha in a while. These look delicious!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    May 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Hehehe I can’t even deal with all of your ball jokes… love the pics! Matcha looks cool on balls.

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    Mary Frances
    May 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    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!

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    May 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I’m one of those people that has never made them. Don’t hate me! I just never find the time. I get exhausted and overwhelmed just trying to make myself 3 meals a day!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    May 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I’m a straight up baller but not like for food balls, just for my pure awesomeness.

    I do love foodie balls though, and I’m convinced Kewaza is the tastiest ish I’ve had in a while (aside from Fresh obvi). I gotta get me some matcha cause I know I’d love these.

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I wish I was a baller, I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I had a girl who looked good I would call her. I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a six four Impala.

    Baller jokes rule, and so do these balls I’m sure 🙂

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Wow, these seriously look gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat…almost. 😉 I’ve never heard of matcha green tea powder but if they coated some chocolate balls then I’d totally be all over it. 🙂

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    May 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    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…

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    May 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Lol! Love all the fun with balls! 😀 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!

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Yum! I have matcha at home and no idea what to do with it. I was thinking about making similar balls, but with Shakeology. I love all the links, too! I was immediately drawn to the Coconut Nut Balls!

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    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    May 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I think your ball jokes rivaled the number of ball jokes I made in my post last week. Haha! I really couldn’t resist 🙂

    I love the idea of combining chocolate and matcha – I definitely need to make these!!

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    May 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Since I just asked the Hubby to pick up some dates, your timing is impeccable.

    P.S. Balls.

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    May 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Sigh…what would the world be without magical ballz? 😉

    I think chocolate balls are my favorite but I really like the addition of matcha. Yum!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    May 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    THESE BALLS ARE SCARY!!! I mean, all balls are kind of scary if you think about it… But these just terrify me. I think it has something to do with the green and black color combo… That being said, I am a BALL DOMINATOR so… I WOULD TAKE THESE DOWN even though I am a little frightened!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I’m all about the balls too! They’re so much easier to make than bars – also I think they’re way cuter. 😀

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    May 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Absolutely hilarious. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything before with the word balls used so many times.
    I only like ball bites if they are small enough to just pop in my mouth. I don’t like having to bite into them. I do like this combination of dates, almonds and cocoa 😀

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    May 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

    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!! 🙂

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    Holly Waterfall
    May 14, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Beautiful Balls!! … is that weird? Yes, a little. And a bit forward. But still 🙂
    Thank you for including my Bunny Tail Energy Bites in the roundup.

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I JUST got some matcha powder and I was struggling to figure out what to use it in…luckily I have all these ingredients 🙂 Will definitely be trying this recipe out!

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    May 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    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!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    You know how much I lurve balls!! I’ve always wanted to buy matcha powder but it costs like my whole paycheck..tears.

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    May 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    glad you didn’t make blue balls. tee hee.
    Actually, these look amazing, as always–> BALLER

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

      That’s exactly what the bf said LOL…clearly we are perfect for each other! Also I consider you a fellow baller…it’s a very exclusive club 😉

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      October 1, 2018 at 1:17 am

      you better skip on over and check out the BLUEberry Ballz. lok

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    May 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    These look magical. I am obsessed with anything matcha though. I have a new gym regimen and something different for an energy boost would be great. Maybe after some french toast. You can check our my Brioche french toast recipe:

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    May 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I gave these a try and they are absolutely tasty!! 🙂 I love the texture…so much like brownie dough!!

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    Kelly Stilwell
    August 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I have great plans to make every single one of these! Yum! Thank you!

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    December 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Think I might have to give this recipe a try, looks delish! Love the photography also.

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    April 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I made them yesterday, so delicious! I used dried figs instead of dates because I did not have dates at home. I did not taste matcha so next time maybe I will add some more.
    Thanks for the recipe, I love those ones which are simple and quick but OMG-SODELICIOUS-ILOVEIT 🙂 AND healthy, too! Awesome 🙂

    Greets from Germany

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Aw thank you! You’re too sweet. Glad to hear you liked them!

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    January 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Hi! I made these last night and they are delicious! Have you experimented at all with adding more protein to them in the way of protein powder? Just curious! I am just now getting into balls (lol) so I can’t wait to look through the rest of your blog!

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      I have, yes! I love adding a dose of protein powder for an extra protein kick! So happy you enjoyed them 🙂

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    February 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I made these with Steeped Tea’s Vanilla Matcha and they were incredible. I want to try them with the peppermint matcha next for a mint chocolate treat! Steeped Tea has 7 all-natural flavors of matcha, so there are many ways to add variety.
    Steeped Tea matcha available from me at:

    I am doing a Matcha Madness challenge in March, so feel free to join!
    Twitter/Instagram: @SteepedTeaNC

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    Gurbani Paintal
    April 23, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    These were delicious! My food processor was just the one that comes with my immersion blender, but I was able to get the almonds chopped up. The medjool were sticky but perhaps something didn’t work out due to my food processor.

    I added coconut oil and a little more almond milk to compensate, extra matcha, and some pumpkin seeds just for kicks. Absolutely loved the result! Rolled them in unsweetened shredded coconut 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Glad you were able to find some good substitutions and enjoy the recipe!

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    Rio aji
    April 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Chocolate give more energy and i feel happy after eat chocolate

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    June 5, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I am glad to be able to read this article
    Became my inspiration in writing a blog.

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    August 19, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Love the colour of these. I know, that goes to show my level of care in the kitchen right now.

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    June 29, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Great minds! Do you have a recipe for the latest dark chocolate coconut Kewaza balls (no dates)? They are pricey! I’m not a good baker so need others to pave the way 😉 These are the ingredients: Honey, cocoa powder, coconut oil, raw whole grain brown rice protein, goji berries, shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, flax seed, maca powder.

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