Do you like green tea? I love it. I regularly go through a 100 pack of my favourite sencha and matcha blend tea bags, and happily eat all green tea flavoured food.
I realise it can be a polarising flavour, especially here in Australia where most people aren’t used to eating green sweet things. A couple of years ago we posted this photo of green tea Kit Kats (a wafer biscuit confectionery covered with chocolate, for those who don’t know) on Facebook. Half the people commenting said “yum, please bring me some” and the other half said words to the effect of “green food, that’s weird”.
We brought back some more green tea Kit Kats from our recent trip to share around. My “Kit Kat tasting focus groups” came up with the following tasting notes:
Fortunately my household shares my love of green tea enough not to mind if it pops up in a few baked treats here and there (like this cake). And here it is, popping up in my attempt to recreate some of the Kit Kat flavours with these green tea and white chocolate energy balls.
If you are not a fan of green tea flavoured food you could turn these into chocolate balls easily enough by replacing the green tea powder with a tablespoon of cocoa, and using milk chocolate rather than white. Replace the macadamia nuts with other nuts or seeds if needed.
All my taste testers had the same reaction when I asked them to try these the first time I made them: their eyes widened in delight. Two of the taste testers even said they tasted a bit like green tea Kit Kats, which in my eyes was a small victory. The energy balls have been happily consumed whenever I have made them since.
Green tea & white chocolate energy balls
Makes about 24
- 200g pitted dates
- 200g macadamia nuts
- 50g desiccated coconut, plus extra for covering the balls
- 1-2 tablespoons green tea powder (adjust to taste)
- approx 200g white chocolate (a little less is fine)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Line a flat tray or plate with baking paper.
Place the dates, nuts, coconut and green tea powder in a blender or food processor and blend together until the mixture forms a paste.
Gently melt the white chocolate and coconut oil together, either in a heat proof bowl sitting on a pan of simmering water, or in short bursts on the medium setting in the microwave.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the date and nut mixture in the blender or food processor and combine. Pour the combined mixture into a large bowl.
Note: the mixture may seem quite soft at this point – but the balls will firm up after cooling.
Spread the extra desiccated coconut onto a plate.
Take tablespoons of the mixture from the bowl and roll into balls with your hands. Roll the balls into the coconut on the plate to cover them lightly, then place the balls on the lined tray or plate.
Refrigerate the balls for an hour or two before serving.
Best served cool.
A warning – these are a high energy sweet treat. Think of them as balls of fuel to recharge your little athlete (or your inner athlete) more than something to snack on while watching TV.