Matcha + Pistachio Bliss Balls

Maybe it's because of the grey wintery days we've been having in Melbourne, but I've been getting kicks out of making brightly coloured food recently. I've done black (see my Black Sesame + Chia Bliss Balls, although I know it's debatable whether black is actually a colour) and flaming red (see my Raspberry Chia Jam), so I felt it was time for something bright green (and delicious).

As the title suggests, the green comes in two forms: pistachio nuts and matcha powder. Matcha powder is just pure green tea leaves stone ground into a fine powder (there shouldn't be any additives). It's high in antioxidants and is said to boost metabolism and energise the body (as it contains caffeine and theanine). I love having 1/2 a teaspoon mixed into some hot water in the mornings. You can also add it to smoothies and, of course, into desserts and treats like these bliss balls. A little bit goes a long way, so you only need to add a small amount.

i n g r e d i e n t s

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder (I used Bare Blends Organic Vanilla Bean Native WPI)
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder (I used Matcha Maiden Organic Matcha Powder)
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons water
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • 1 x 20ml tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped

p r e p a r a t i o n

  1. Blend the cashew nuts, coconut, protein powder, coconut flour and matcha powder in a food processor until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Add the water, rice malt syrup and melted coconut oil and process until everything is well combined. The mixture should be sticky enough to hold together, but not so sticky that you can't roll it into balls. If the mixture is too sticky, add a tiny bit more coconut flour. If it's too dry, add a touch more water.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls and coat in the chopped pistachio nuts, pressing the nuts lightly into the balls to make them stay. Leave the balls in the fridge to set. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

If you want to try another matcha recipe, you might like my Choc-Mint Matcha Cups.