3 Matcha Energy Bites To Keep You Going Through The Day
One of the current trends booming in the food industry is matcha, a powerful and special type of powdered green tea that provides huge health benefits. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse that serves as a natural weight-loss aid, a pH balancer, and a detox agent. Matcha has been around for centuries as part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, and this unique flavored green tea-leaf powder is taking cafes and social media by storm now. Apart from enjoying matcha drinks, you can also enjoy these matcha energy bites.
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What Are Energy Bites?
Energy bites are loaded with a combination of proteins, high fiber, and healthy fats and carbs, which help build lean muscle mass, boost energy and aid weight maintenance. These bites are useful for those who get too hungry and may be tempted to take unhealthy snacks for quick relief.
Unhealthy snacking can trigger your cholesterol and sugar levels, and result in weight gain and other health issues. Switching to energy bites is the healthier option; you can carry them along with you and satisfy your appetite between meals or after your workouts. No-bake energy bites are better as they are made up from whole foods, which do not contain artificial ingredients, added refined sugar, gluten, or dairy. Instead, they would commonly contain plant-based protein from ingredients such as nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, chickpeas, and protein powder.
Matcha Energy Bites
According to the latest research report from market.biz, the global Matcha tea industry segment would experience continuous and steady growth during the forecast period 2015-2023, due to the rising demand for Matcha Tea across the globe. While this miracle elixir is healthy to drink, it can also be used to make healthy recipes including puddings, pancakes, macarons and ice creams. And the best part is, you can prepare matcha at home! Apart from all these, matcha tea powder can be used to make energy bites that are real energy boosters and at the same time, healthy too. The benefits of matcha energy bites include:
- Rich source of antioxidants and Polyphenols, which helps prevent or stop cell damage and boosts your energy and your health. Antioxidants also help counteract the damage from toxins we may come into contact with.
- Enhances memory and boosts concentration, as matcha green tea has L-Theanine which is known to help stimulate the alpha brain waves that are associated with relaxed alertness and creativity.
- Even though matcha has caffeine, it doesn’t provide a jittery or edgy feeling like coffee. It increases energy and endurance.
- Increases metabolism by burning extra calories.
- They are full of healthy fat and can enhance cholesterol profile by lowering bad LDL and boosting HDL. Healthy fats help keep us full.
- Boosts immunity.
Matcha energy bites taste super delicious and yummy. Below are three matcha energy bites that are healthy and portable snacks. Let’s start with a no-bake matcha energy bites recipe from Power Hungry.
Matcha-Mint Chip Protein Bars
This protein bar is vegan and gluten-free, and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and protein. It helps achieve your weight loss goal; is ideal to treat a painful, bloated stomach, reduce fatigue and improve physical performance.
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup vanilla vegan protein powder
- 3 tablespoons matcha powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅔ cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¾ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- 3 to 4 tablespoons cacao nibs
- Grease or spray 10 cups of a standard size muffin tin and set aside.
- In a food processor, process oats until finely ground.
- To the finely grounded oats, add the protein powder, matcha, flaxseed meal, and salt; pulse to combine.
- Add the almond milk, almond butter, maple syrup, and peppermint extract, and then blend until the mixture comes together into a dough.
- Remove the dough and roll into an even log of any size; slice crosswise into 9 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and press evenly into prepared cups.
- Cover the muffin cups loosely and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove from tin and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for 3 months. You can store them in containers if you want to bring them as a snack at school or work.
Matcha Energy Bites (Paleo + Whole30)
This recipe from PhysicalKitchness is a vegan, paleo, and Whole30 Matcha snack. Made with simple ingredients and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and ten times the antioxidants found in traditional green tea, this is a must-have Matcha energy bite.
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup (roughly 24) dried apricots
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 serving matcha powder
- Add almonds, dried apricots, coconut flakes, melted coconut oil, and matcha powder into a food processor.
- Blend all the ingredients till they’re well-combined.
- Pour the mixture into a 9×5″ loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
- Press the mixture down with your hands and distribute evenly to the pan.
- Refrigerate at least one hour before cutting into 2×2″ squares and store in the refrigerator.
This amount of ingredients yields approximately 20 bars. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months. If you want to transport it, you can take this snack in a lunch bag or purse, unrefrigerated.
Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls (Paleo, Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Vegan)
This recipe from Unbound Wellness is for chocolate-covered Matcha energy balls. What more can you ask for as a delicious energy bite!
- 1 cup coconut butter/ mana/ cream concentrate (soft enough to stir but not melted)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp -1 tsp matcha powder + more for dusting
For the coating:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder or carob for AIP
- Add the coconut butter to a bowl along with the shredded coconut and stir until thoroughly combined.
- To the butter mixture add the flour, oil, honey, and matcha powder (recommended adding 1/2 tsp, adding up to 1 tsp will make it stronger) and continue to stir.
- Line a plate with parchment paper and roll the dough out into balls in sizes to your liking and place them on the plate.
- Allow the balls to freeze for at least 1 hour by keeping the plate in a freezer.
- For the coating, prepare a double boiler by placing a medium sauce pot halfway filled with water on medium heat, and place a metal mixing bowl on top of the pot.
- Add the coconut oil and cocoa/carob powder and whisk until it melts into a chocolate sauce.
- Remove the balls from the fridge and use a spoon to coat with the chocolate/carb mixture (coating should harden quickly), dusting at the end with extra matcha and place the balls back to the freezer for another hour or so.
- Transfer to the fridge and enjoy the energy balls chilled.
These energy bites are best when chilled out of the fridge, so they are better off preserved in the fridge either at work or at home, as a quick energy snack for a few days.
Enjoy snacking on these delicious, easy and healthy Matcha energy bites and fuel up.
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