It’s officially Christmas time! We have turkey leftovers in the fridge from Thanksgiving, our Christmas tree is up, and my Pandora station has been switched to Christmas music until further notice! I am loving every second of it!
We’ve got our heavy duty down alternative comforter on our bed, plus our super soft flannel sheets and combined it is the warmest, most comfortable bed on the planet! Trust me we need all of this warmth with the leaky 1910 windows and the cold hard wood floors. The only problem is our bed is so warm and cozy and comfortable that it makes it hard to get out of bed in the mornings. Especially when the sun isn’t up yet. Can I just stay in bed for 5 more minutes?!?! PLEEEAAAASE! And then 5 minutes turns into 10 minutes and 10 minutes turns into 15 minutes! Guys, the struggle is real! Especially when you work from home and you don’t HAVE to be somewhere at a certain time.
That’s why we need these Matcha Cherry Energy Balls plus some hot lemon cayenne water in our mornings. The lemon cayenne hot water/tea thing may sound weird to some but it gets me warmed up and drinking more water than if I was drinking cold. You should give it a try. All it is a lemon wedge or two and a pinch of cayenne pepper and some hot water. trust me, a little cayenne pepper goes a long way. Plus when you drink warm lemon water on an empty stomach it helps to jump start your digestive juices, who doesn’t want that?!
Anyways, about those Matcha Cherry Energy Balls. You guys know how I feel about my energy balls! They are the one thing that I make sure are in my fridge at the start of every week. I eat one or two before my morning workout. Without them I feel lost, my mornings become hectic. Right now energy balls and hot lemon water are the type of thing that helps me to get out of my toasty bed in the morning!
I have been trying to incorporate more matcha tea into my life because it’s loaded with health benefits like: tons of antioxidants, is energizing and is calming at the same time, and it detoxifies the body and rainbows and unicorns and pixie dust oh my! Seriously guys, the stuff is pretty awesome! If you are already rocking the matcha train and you can drink matcha tea with some hot water and maybe some milk. Nope, not me I enjoy an Iced Matcha latte with something sweet inside but I can’t handle it warm. At least not yet. So, I thought why not throw some in my energy balls that I have every morning.
You will love these Matcha Cherry Energy Balls! They are sweet with a hint of grassy, earthy matcha flavor that’s not bitter at all. Each energy ball is studded with sweet and tart dried cherries. They are easy to make and will give you plenty of energy to get you going in the morning. If you are new to matcha this recipe is a great way to get you started.
Not all Matcha teas are created equal. Some are bitter and almost sour and it’s hard to know where which brand to buy so you don’t waist your money, trust me I’ve been there. There is a whole jar of matcha tea sitting in my pantry downstairs that I can’t stand the taste of…and it will probably continue to sit there until the end of time. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I highly recommend Jade Leaf Matcha tea! It’s available on Amazon Prime! YAAAS! And it comes in different sizes so you aren’t committed to a huge amount that you may or may not enjoy. It’s organic and the price is pretty reasonable as far as matcha goes. The color is bright green and the flavor is mild and slightly sweet.
There are cute little tasty Matcha Cherry Energy Balls in your distant future for your mornings and all of your snacking needs! I am so excited for you!
- ½ cup flaxseed meal
- ⅔ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- ½ cup dired cherries, chopped (could also sub in dried cranberries)
- pinch fine sea salt
- 2 to 3 teaspoons good quality Matcha powder*
- ½ cup all natural almond butter (only ingredients should be almonds and maybe salt)
- ⅓ cup honey (can sub agave nectar if vegan)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Sometimes I find it's easiest to mix all of the ingredients with clean hands. Grab a piece of the dough and pinch it together to see if it sticks together nicely. If it seems dry add more almond butter or honey.
- Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, this helps to prevent sticky hands when rolling into balls. Once refrigerated use the palm of your had to squeeze the dough to create a small ball. Then use both hands to roll it into more of a ball shape. You should have about 21 balls.
- Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or even longer in the freezer.
*Different types of Matcha powder can be made differently which affects the quality, health benefits, and flavor of the Matcha. If you already know of a good brand than use that, but if you are just starting out with using Matcha I highly recommend Jade Leaf's Matcha. It can be purchased on Amazon and comes in several different sizes.
Prep time does not include time required to chill dough.