I’ll be the first to admit that I’m late to the matcha party (really late when you consider that the Japanese have been consuming matcha for thousands of years). Despite the many green smoothie concoctions I consume on a weekly basis, matcha has always been intimidating to me – and still is.
However, after attending a wellness workshop with Candice Kumai last weekend (one of the many perks of living in L.A.), my curiosity won me over. I wanted to see what I could do with matcha, especially since I’m not yet used to its woody taste.
So, why try to consume matcha if I don’t love the taste? The beneficial properties of matcha are endless.
What is matcha?
Matcha is the powder made from grinding young green tea leaves. It differs from regular green tea in the fact that the leaves are shade-grown, which increases the amount of chlorophyll in them – thereby increasing the nutrients.
What are the benefits of matcha?
Matcha contains a type of antioxidants called catechins. Research has linked the consumption of catechins to a variety of health benefits, including a reduction in the risk of cancer1, heart disease2, and type 2 diabetes3. Another benefit? Catechin containing teas have been linked to a reduction in body fat.4
Matcha also contains L-theanine, which is an important amino acid known to have a relaxing effect on humans.
Now can you see why I want to find ways to get matcha into my diet? It’s a powerhouse.
These Matcha Coconut Fat Balls are what I came up with – and they’re delicious. I love fat balls (or bombs – I use the words to describe them interchangeably). They are a great source of high nutrient energy on the go.
While I don’t follow a keto diet, I do try to make sure I eat plenty of healthy fat every day to help keep me satiated and prevent overeating – which I’ve been known to do. In summary, these Matcha Coconut Fat Balls check two boxes – matcha AND healthy fats. Oh, and they’re super tasty – that makes three boxes checked.
Looking for more fat bomb recipes? These Almond Butter Fat Bombs are another one of my favorites.
Perfect for after-workout fuel or an afternoon pick-me-up. Lots of healthy fat to keep hunger pains at bay and matcha to provide focused, non-jittery energy.
- 1/2 c virgin organic unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 c coconut butter (aka manna)*
- 1 c organic shredded coconut
- 1/2 c raw cashews
- 1/2 c raw almonds
- 1/4 c organic unshelled pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas)
- 1/4 c organic sunflower seeds
- 1/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1–2 tsp high-quality Japanese matcha powder, Matcha Love has a great one
- 1–3 medjool dates, depending on your preference
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until blended.
- Roll into bite-size balls (I use a cookie scoop but you can wing it if you want).
- Place on parchment in an airtight container in the freezer to harden if necessary.
- Adapted from Lee From America’s amazing Coconut Fat Balls.
- *When you see coconut butter (manna) in the grocery store you may be confused about why it’s called “butter” – it’s hard. However, once it is warmed, it will make a lot more sense.
- Store extras (if there are any) in an airtight container in the freezer. Thaw before eating.
Keywords: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, keto, fat bombs, fat balls, matcha
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