Some days I feel a little blah and find it difficult to get into my groove. Today was one of those days. Looking to add some extra energy, I was inspired by the thought of chocolate and I knew exactly what I needed. When this treat makes an appearance on my kitchen counter, things on my to do list get done really quickly.
These bite sized treats pack both protein and an energizing kick. They are perfect to enjoy before a workout or even better when that 2:00pm snack craving hits. These bites are simple to make in the food processor and ready to eat immediately.
I love the way cocoa and the cacao nibs work together and compliment the dates. Using both maca and matcha together makes me think sharper and feel great energy without the caffeine jitters. As I mentioned in this post discussing how matcha is an excellent to have in your pantry. Adding the chia and almonds makes this snack both a protein and omega 3 powerhouse. In addition to all of these healthy reasons, their taste is out of this world. Very rich and chocolatey.
One of the cool part about having a blog is that you get to make up fun names for your dishes. I always look forward to that part of the process. Today I had a tough time deciding on a great name to really encompass all the superfoods loaded into this one treat. Is it a matcha ball or a maca bite? Is it a macaroon or a matcharoon? Is it a roon at all? Is it a cocoa-cacao-matcha-maca thingamajig? One thing for sure is that this one matcha-maca-roona-ball provides crazy raw energy. After I eat one of these, I am ready to conquer the world. Considering that matcha is from Japan and maca is from Peru it truly is a worldly treat.
Make sure to let me know when you make your first batch. After you popped the first one in your mouth, if you think of a better name, let me know.
- 1 cup almonds
- 12 dates (pitted)
- 2 TB cacao nibs
- ½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 TB maca root powder
- 1 TB matcha powder
- 2 TB milk (I used coconut)
- 1 TB maple syrup
- 1 TB fine coconut shreds
- ½ TB chia seeds
- ¼ TB matcha powder
- Process almonds, dates, cacao nibs, and cocoa powder in a food processor until the almonds are crushed well.
- Add the maca, matcha, milk and maple syrup. Pulse until well combined.
- Combine topping ingredients.
- Scoop mixture by tablespoons and roll into a ball by hand.
- Roll each ball into the topping mixture and place onto parchment paper or a silpat mat.
- Makes 18 bites.