I have a huge sweet tooth and I am forever looking for a dessert post meals. Currently, I am on a mission to shed some extra pounds and take better care of my health. Hence, I recently decided to whip up a quick batch of these easy, no-bake Matcha Coconut Bites and they turned out to be so good that I wanted to share the recipe with you all!
The best thing about my matcha coconut bites is that they make a perfect guilt-free snack. They are low-carb, gluten-free, vegan and packed with nutrition and energy! I enjoy a bite or two after my meals but you can totally have them as a pre or post-workout snack too. In fact, I might as well a little bit of protein powder next time to make them even healthier!
Why these ingredients?
Let me tell you why I use what I used for my healthy matcha coconut bites even though the possibilities are endless and it really just depends on what you are looking for! I have been craving coconut cookies a lot lately and even got a box of them on a recent trip to Kaufland (a supermarket in Germany). However, since I wanted to make a guilt-free choice, eating a box of carb-loaded biscuits was not the wisest decision. Therefore, I came up with this recipe that includes shredded coconut and coconut oil. Coconut is rich in good fats and helps in improving digestion and gut health. It is a great source of energy and keeps you feeling full for a long time.
My recipe also contains a good amount of almonds because they have good dietary fibres along with Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus which are beneficial for skin and bone health as well. Almonds are also quite filling so adding them is always a good idea to ensure one does not binge eat.
Matcha is the star ingredient of these healthy snack bites as it is the healthiest form of green tea and is full of antioxidants and is great for weight loss too. I did not use fancy matcha for this recipe as it is quite expensive and my pocket does not allow it at the moment and went for the ones you can readily get from dm or Müller (drugstores) if you are in Germany. Depending on the quality of matcha you use, it can have a strong bitter taste so you can tweak the amount as per your preference.
The final ingredient and the most important one, since this is a sweet snack is Agave Syrup! Now you could use an alternative like maple syrup or honey for this recipe but I personally prefer agave nectar because you only need a small amount for optimum sweetness and it keeps the blood-glucose level lower than the other contenders mentioned. Plus it tastes the closest to regular sugar which means it does not add a distinctive taste to the recipe.
Healthy Matcha Coconut Bites
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Cup Almonds (whole)
- 1.5 Cups Shredded (Desiccated) Coconut
- 2 Tbsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Agave Syrup
- Add the almonds into the food processor and blend until they are crushed into powder. You can keep it as chunky or fine as you like.
- Add rest of the dry ingredients and blend them together.
- Add the coconut oil and agave syrup and blend again.
- Once all the ingredients have combined together and the consistency is more or less like a dough, you can shape the batter into small balls or bites (similar to mine) as per your liking.
- Put them in the fridge to set for half an hour and enjoy!
Once your Matcha Coconut Bites have set, you can store them in a zip lock in the fridge for up to a week or so. These can last longer but it is always advisable to make a fresh batch!