Let me just start off by saying that matcha green tea is one of God’s great gifts to humans. As humans, we tend to be imperfect and, as a result, reliant on what resources we are given to thrive. In our imperfection, though, we often seek out the stuff that provides us with instant gratification rather than long-term vitality.
(And, yes, I say this as I am eating cheese-flavored popcorn. I’m just a weak human?)
But, in some cases, we can get that instant gratification (think caffeine boost) with benefits that can help clean up our act, health-wise (think antioxidants).
So before you write off matcha green tea as coffee’s less exquisitely caffeinated substitute – you’d never do that anyway, right? – let me give you a little 5-point profile of my latest fave, the powerful matcha:
- It has OODLES of antioxidants
- It is a great METABOLISM booster
- It is a STRESS-RELIEVING CAFFEINATOR
- It helps with DETOXIFICATION
- It fortifies the IMMUNE system
This is not the blog post where I go into every detail on how green tea gets these benefits, but I want you to know that they’re there! Read more to find out, though, at NATURAL LIVING IDEAS or BODYBUILDING.COM!
Anyway, since matcha is so dang good for you, I couldn’t wait to use it in a new recipe, one that really plays up its strong-points and even enhances some of those benefits!
Which is why these “power balls” are made from ingredients that won’t make the green tea have to work to counteract them: more natural sources of sweetness, no common allergens or irritants, and ingredients that have natural flavor and health benefits themselves!
Matcha Power Balls
AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan
- 1 large or 2 tiny bananas*
- 1 small avocado
- 6 T. coconut sugar or honey
- 6 T. coconut flour
- 3 T. matcha powder
- 1 lemon, juiced (1/2 c. juice)
*I tried this with two red bananas! Fantastic!
- In a food processor, blender, or mixer, combine bananas through matcha powder.
- In a small pot, boil the lemon juice until it is reduced to 2 tablespoons. Slightly cool before adding the lemon juice reduction to the other ingredients and combine.
- Use a small scoop (about 1”) to scoop out about 20 or so balls onto a flat surface like a plate or pan. Freeze for 10 to 30 minutes before removing and rolling between your hands to make each one spherical.
- Transfer the balls to a sealable container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition per 1/21 recipe: 44 calories; 1.3 g fat; 7.7 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 3.7 g sugar; 1 g protei