Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls are an energizing superfood dessert. Sweet, salty, and drizzled with a dreamy cacao syrup. 100% vegan and gluten-free!
There’s so many delicious bliss ball variations out there, but these ones are definitely at the top of my list.
They’re made up entirely of whole food ingredients, sweetened naturally, and even have a healthy dose of superfoods!
Matcha pistachio balls are literally the definition of a guilt-free dessert.
Did I mention how easy this recipe is?
There’s no baking required, and these dreamy bites of heaven are done in just 20 minutes!
If you’re a procrastinator like me then matcha bliss balls are the perfect last minute dessert for that dinner party.
They’re also vegan and gluten-free so you should be covered if there’s any guests with dietary restrictions.
How To Make
Remove the pit from the dates then steep them in warm water for about 10 minutes.
Fresh Tip: Steeping the dates helps to bring out their naturally sweet caramel flavor!
Drain the dates then add to a food processor along with the coconut oil, almond flour, coconut flakes, vanilla extract, and matcha powder. Add in half the pistachios and save the rest to use as a topping. Pulse ingredients in food processor until they are well combined and form a ‘doughy’ consistency.
Crush or chop the remaining pistachios. Using a 1 tbsp scoop, form the matcha dough into balls. Roll the balls in the crushed pistachios to coat. You can let the bliss balls harden in the fridge for 15-30 minutes if you prefer a less ‘gooey’ consistency.
Melt coconut oil over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir in the almond milk and agave nectar until combined. Using a whisk, mix in the raw cacao powder until you have a lump-free syrup. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
While the syrup is still warm, use a spoon to drizzle over the matcha pistachio bliss balls. Alternatively, dip the balls in the syrup to coat to your liking.
What Makes Matcha Bliss Balls Super?
These bliss balls are full of whole foods and are naturally sweetened, so it’s no wonder they’re healthy compared to most other desserts.
But some of the ingredients pack an extra healthy punch which has given them the title of ‘superfoods’.
Matcha is basically a specific variety of extremely high quality green tea. That means it has all the same health benefits you’d expect from a glass of green tea – only ten fold.
That’s right, 1 serving of matcha packs the nutritional punch of 10 servings of green tea!
Matcha is particularly high in antioxidants and has 137x more fat-burning ECGCs than regular green tea. Oh, and it also goes great in green smoothies.
Here’s a full breakdown on how matcha differs from green tea.
The raw cacao in the “chocolate” syrup is another antioxidant rich superfood. Cacao is what gives dark chocolate its health benefits.
But dark chocolate only contains about 60% cacao, and it is then processed with fattening cream and sugar which degrades many of the nutrients and antioxidants.
Raw cacao powder is 100% unprocessed cacao with no added fat or sugar which means you can get the full potential out of this wonderful plant.
Cacao is considered nature’s antidepressant and can also aid in weight loss!
Check out these 5 amazing raw cacao benefits.
Both matcha and cacao made my list of the 17 best superfoods for boosting your smoothies!
Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls are a healthy and energizing superfood dessert. Sweet and salty, gooey and crunchy, these bliss balls have it all!
- 1 cup Dates, pitted (about 10 dates)
- 2 tsp Matcha Powder
- 1/2 cup Pistachios
- 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
- 3/4 cup Almond Flour
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Cacao Drizzle (Optional)
- 1/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Agave Nectar
- 1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Remove pits from the dates then steep in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.
- Drain the dates then add to a food processor. Add half of the pistachios (save the other half to roll onto the balls), and the remaining matcha ball ingredients to the food processor with the dates. Pulse in the food processor until you reach a dough like consistency.
- Finely chop or crush the remaining half of pistachios.
- Roll the dough into 1 tbsp sized balls, then roll balls through crushed pistachios to coat.
- Let balls set in fridge 15-30 minutes to harden slightly (optional).
- Drizzle with the cacao syrup and enjoy!
- Melt coconut oil over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir in milk and agave until combined.
- Whisk in the cacao until well combined and smooth.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
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