Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Matcha Green Tea Powerballs | AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan | FitCakery.com

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).

Matcha Green Tea Powerballs | AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan | FitCakery.com

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:

  1. It has OODLES of antioxidants
  2. It is a great METABOLISM booster
  3. It is a STRESS-RELIEVING CAFFEINATOR
  4. It helps with DETOXIFICATION
  5. 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!

Matcha Green Tea Powerballs | AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan | FitCakery.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 Green Tea Powerballs | AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan | FitCakery.com

Matcha Power Balls

AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan

Ingredients:

Matcha Green Tea Powerballs | AIP, raw, paleo, gluten-free, vegan | FitCakery.com
  • 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!

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blender, or mixer, combine bananas through matcha powder.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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