Matcha Date Energy Balls
Sweet cravings are a natural occurrence and looking for a healthier option can be difficult. Of course, a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie would work amazingly, but sometimes, we just have to get serious and say no to ourselves.
Dates are full of energy, natural sugar and fibre. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, potassium and magnesium. Most importantly for me, these are perfect as a pre-work out snack. And I make various variations in them with each batch and keep them on my bedside to eat one piece with my coffee every morning before the gym.
These energy bites are extremely delicious and one serving will satisfy your craving just enough. The main ingredients are dates and SPRIG Golden Matcha powder, creating the perfect balance between nourishment and antioxidants. I add some cocoa powder for a delicious chocolate twist. I also add a little honey not to add more sweetness, but to help bind the mixture – the dates and coconut are sweet enough. Roll them in their garnish – coconut or matcha – and these will resemble fancy truffles and it’s a great way to get the kids to eat it!
A little note: matcha powder has a slight bitter after taste and must be used in small quantities. In the photographs below, I dusted a little more matcha for presentation purposes, and my darling Amar and Anjali (my photographer and stylist!) couldn’t eat them after. Keep the matcha to a minimum – you don’t need much of it to reap the benefits, which is also one of its extraordinary traits! A little goes a long way.
- 10 small dates
- 10 almonds
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ½ tsp SPRIG Golden Matcha powder
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- SPRIG Golden Matcha powder
- Desiccated coconut
- Add all the ingredients together in a mixer and crush them down.
- The mixture will be soft and slightly wet, like a dough.
- Roll a tablespoon or so of the mixture between your palms to make a ball.
- Do this with the entire mixture, which should yield 10 mini balls.
- Roll these in some matcha powder or coconut.
- You can store these in airtight container at room temperature for at least a week.
This post is sponsored by SPRIG