Matcha tea originates from East Asia and has been around for centuries. Now somewhat trendy around the rest of the world, for very good reasons indeed! This concentrated form of green tea with distinct umami flavour comes with great health benefits. 137 times more antioxidants than regular cup of green tea and a good source of vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It helps improve your metabolism, calms mind and relaxes the body.
Almonds are great source of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium plus vitamin E. It’s long list of benefits for such a small little treat and they are soooo easy to make!
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut plus some extra for coating
3/4 cup of flake almonds
2-3 tbsp of coconut oil
3 tbsp of maple syrup
1tsp of Matcha tea
Firstly lightly toast your almond flakes on a dry pan. This is not essential but well worth the extra effort as almonds will be more aromatic. Place roasted almonds in a food processor along with coconut flakes and Matcha powder. Blitz bit by bit until you get a consistency of a coarse flour.
Melt your coconut oil and add to the mixture along with maple syrup and give the mixture a final whizz in the processor until all combined. Try your mixture for sweetness and feel free to add drop more syrup to suit your preference.
Now it’s time for rolling! Place some coconut flakes on a small plate first. Then start forming balls (Tip: wetting your hands might make the process easier). I have left some un-coated and some were finally rolled in the coconut flakes for extra texture.
They might seem a bit soft at this stage. Place them in a fridge for about an hour to let them firm up.
Options to explore
- I prefer flaked almonds for this recipe because there is still a bit of texture left after processing. You can however use almond flour or ground almonds.
- Top tip: If you are making almond milk, this is the perfect recipe to use the leftover nut pulp. Just dry it first in an oven set to low temperature (100 degrees Celsius) for 30min.
- I love maple syrup but honey, golden syrup or other sweetener of your choice will work just as well
- My favourite brand of Matcha powder is DoMatcha. It’s 100% authentic Japanese stone-ground green tea sourced from Kagoshima and Uji. It’s a family business where knowledge and expertise has been handed down generation after generation for over 400 years.