In need of a energy boost? These delicious white chocolate matcha balls are not only festive, they’re loaded with powerful antioxidants and collagen protein. The potent, earthy flavor of green tea is complemented by rich, sweet flavors of vanilla, cashew, almond and white chocolate; and the texture is soft, creamy, and buttery smooth. If you are a huge fan of matcha, or have yet to try it (this was my first experience) – you must make these! They’re addicting and I definitely couldn’t stop at one.
For added protein, I used Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen, which combines the health benefits of collagen (joint health, satiety, even skin elasticity) with the powerful antioxidants from matcha green tea. Matcha also helps detoxify the liver, enhances cognitive performance, boosts metabolic rate, improves various heart health markers, and aides in cancer prevention (source).
You can substitute the matcha collagen for five scoops of unflavored Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (or another brand of collagen) plus two tablespoons of high-quality matcha green tea powder. High-quality matcha is BRIGHT, almost electric green. Poor quality matcha will be a dull green, army green, or even yellowish brown. A dull color indicates that the matcha is expired, contains stems and branches, or both. Just look how vibrant the dough was!
These balls get their irresistible creamy texture from cashew butter and Sweet Mama Mel’s Vanilla Cupcake Coconutter (use code NOEXCUSES for 15% off sweetmamamels.com). Feel free to use regular coconut butter or coconut oil that’s solid at room temperature in place of the coconutter, or any neutral nut butter in place of the cashew butter (like tahini, sesame seed butter, or almond butter).
I added one tablespoon of coconut flour to thicken up the dough, but you could sub two tablespoons of all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, gluten-free baking blend, oat flour, spelt flour or sweet white sorghum flour (this will increase the carbs and calories slightly). These other flours are not as absorbent as coconut flour. For almond flour, start with twice as much, but you may need up to three tablespoons. Honestly, you could probably leave out the coconut butter and the coconut flour if you’re allergic to coconut (but haven’t tried it)!
Pyure Organic Stevia Blend sweetens up these balls without any added sugar (get the best deal on Amazon). This stevia-erythritol blend is sugar-free, calorie-free, and all-natural with no bitter aftertaste. Feel free to sub an equal measure of any other stevia-erythritol blend, or twice as much baking stevia, plain erythritol, or granulated sugar if you prefer (this will increase the calories, carbs, and sugar).
Pure vanilla extract and almond extract add rich flavor to offset the earthiness of the green tea. Please don’t use imitation extracts here! The vanilla and almond are very “forward” flavors in this recipe, and imitation versions can have a strong alcohol aftertaste.
Last but not least, a drizzle of white chocolate adds a level of decadence to these healthy treats. I used Ghirardelli Classic White Chips, but you use homemade sugar-free or dairy-free white chocolate, too.
Here’s the printable recipe! I’d love for you to rate and/or comment below if you try it 😉
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- 6 scoops (84g) Vital Proteins matcha collagen*
- 1/4 cup stevia-erythritol blend*
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour*
- 1/2 cup creamy cashew butter*
- 2 tbsp. coconut butter or oil, melted*
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1 oz. white chocolate chips, melted (optional)*
- 1 tsp. coconut butter or oil, melted (optional)
- *See above for substitutions.
- Combine first seven ingredients (through vanilla extract) in a medium mixing bowl until a soft, rollable dough forms (add a teaspoon of water if too crumbly).
- Place balls on plate lined with parchment paper and freeze for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt white chocolate using a double-boiler OR a small metal bowl nested inside a small saucepan. Add an inch or two of water to the saucepan and add white chocolate and coconut butter to the metal bowl. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until fully melted.
- Drizzle balls with chocolate and enjoy!
- Calories (per ball, minus optionals): 81kcal, Fat: 5.7g, Sat fat: 1.4g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 32mg
- Calories (per ball, including optionals): 92kcal, Fat: 6.5g, Sat fat: 2.0g, Carbs: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 5g, Sodium: 36mg
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