Matcha pistachio bliss balls – gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, raw and vegan.
First of all, (I have been waiting patiently to say this all Winter) WELCOME TO SPRING!!! Aren’t you relieved Winter is over and done with for another year? I certainly am.
Today’s recipe signifies all that spring is about – fresh, vibrant green colours, renewed energy and detoxification (out with the old and in with the new). It’s my soft, sweet and delicious matcha pistachio bliss balls that are jam packed with antioxidants and energy boosting goodness.
My love for matcha green tea powder is still going strong. I drank Matcha teas and lattes all Winter and experimented with a few matcha recipes during those long, cold months and this recipe has the taste tester seal of approval!
If you’re a bit late to the matcha craze, here is some information about it.
What is matcha green tea powder and why is it so good for you?
Matcha is green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. Long used in Japanese culture, the leaves are grown in the shade to increase their chlorophyll content. Once ready for harvesting they are picked, steamed, dried and ground. Consumed straight with hot water, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. This is because you’re consuming the entire ground leaves rather than throwing a tea bag and all its leaves away. You will get the same nutritional benefit from 1 cup of matcha green tea as you would from 10 cups of regular green tea. It boasts 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries too!
The great thing is although it contains caffeine, you don’t get the jittery side effects that a cup of coffee would give you. You can find matcha green tea powder in health food shops or online. It’s also known to block fat absorption thus causing fat to be flushed out of your system rather than absorbed into your cells.
How to purchase matcha
Matcha can come with a slightly hefty price tag for a tea, so before you commit to buying some, try a matcha latte from a Japanese cafe or visit your local Asian grocery store who will most likely stock the powder for around $10. Culinary (food) grade matcha is great for flavouring food such as lattes, ice cream and cakes as it is stronger in flavour than ceremonial grade – which is of higher quality (and more expensive) but perfect for drinking as a tea. You notice the difference in taste as ceremonial grade is not as bitter.
If you enjoy matcha and wish to consume it regularly, you can move onto higher quality organic grades of matcha such as Matcha Live Longer which gives you the choice between 3 grades of matcha powder starting at $15 for 30 grams (free shipping on all orders). You could also try some from Kenko Tea – $34.90 for a 100 gram bag of organic cooking grade matcha powder. Otherwise give The Healthy Chef a go with her highest quality organic ceremonial grade matcha (can be used in drinks or food) at $68.95 for 100 grams (up to 100 serves). Your local health food shop should also stock matcha powder. I bought a bag from my local health food store made by Matcha Maiden which is a great brand. You can also purchase it online here.
* Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the above recommended brands.
If you love matcha then you will enjoy my matcha green tea muffins with honey cashew icing which also happened to feature in the recipe of the month section on Matcha Maiden’s monthly newsletter!
Love, Tash x
Here’s an overview on what to do
Why this is so good for you
Matcha green tea powder increases mental alertness and clarity, increases immune strength, detoxifies the body, releases a sustained boost of energy (over 6 – 8 hours compared to coffee’s 30 minute quick boost), helps prevent and treat bacterial, fungal and viral infections, controls stress levels, reduces the risk of cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, maintains cardiovascular health and helps maintain weight.
Cashews help prevent cancer, help reduce the risk of heart attack, help prevent age related eyesight deterioration, help protect against migraine, soreness and fatigue, help develop bone and connective tissue, aid in producing skin and hair melanin, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and help reduce the risk of developing gallstones.
Pistachios aid digestion, maintain good heart health, control diabetes, help prevent age-related macular degeneration (poor eyesight), help improve erectile dysfunction in men and help prevent anemia.
Rice malt syrup is easy to digest, is not addictive like regular sugar, has less strain on the liver due to being fructose free and is a better alternative when considering your weight then fructose filled sweeteners.
Dates create healthy bowel movement, strengthen bones, decrease feelings of fatigue and sluggishness, support the nervous system and reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related illnesses.
Coconut speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
- 3/4 cup raw (natural) cashews
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 3 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- Pinch of fine pink Himalayan salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or more according to taste)
- 2 medjool dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
- 4 tablespoons pistachios, blitzed into crumbs (can vary texture for interest)
- Blitz first 5 ingredients in a food processor until broken down.
- Drain dates, gently squeeze out excess water. Add rice malt syrup and dates and blitz until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Roll into balls then roll into the pistachio crumbs. Chill.