Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Looking for a little pick-me-up? These tiny treats don’t take up much room in your bag, but pack enough energy to fortify you for a vigorous hike or long day at work. Dates provide a natural, fiber-rich energy boost, while cocoa and matcha contribute antioxidants (and a little caffeine). 

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

0 minutes


16 Balls


1⁄2 cup cashews, raw
1⁄4 cup walnuts, raw
1 cup dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
2 tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon matcha (plus 1 tsp (divided))
  pinch salt


Place cashews and walnuts in the food processor and grind the nuts to a fine mince, then scrape them to the center of the container. Add the dates, maple syrup or honey, cocoa, 1 Tbsp of matcha and salt. Process until the dates form a thick paste and the mixture holds together if you squeeze a bit of it.

Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, form into a ball and place into a medium bowl; repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Use a wire mesh strainer to sift the remaining matcha over the balls. Roll the balls around to coat. Store, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to a month.


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