Introducing my recipe for Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs. Not only is this a new and improved method for making my Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites, but it also has a little added crunch and chocolate flavoring from the cacao nibs.
I first shared my recipe for Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites last year and it is one of my most pinned recipes as of date, with 1.8 million saves.
I love them because they are:
Easy to make
and satisfy any sweet cravings you might have.
However, it seems like some people have had difficulty in shaping the mixture into balls, especially Grace Fox on Pinterest, who left a very scathing comment on my pin.
To sum up what Grace’s said, “a Pinterest fail, for sure.”
Well Grace Fox, you made me want to improve this recipe so people like you can easily make it and enjoy them as much as I do.
And change your mind about these Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites being a Pinterest fail.
I’m guessing you thought the texture of these were supposed to be similar to a cookie dough or meatball texture, all sticky and holding their shape as you roll them between your hands.
If you had read my blog and the comments, and not just scrolled down to the recipe, then you would have learned the trick to making these delicious little bites.
You cannot roll them between your hands because the texture is loose and not sticky because I didn’t add any honey, which is usually used to hold protein bites together.
I did not want to add any form of sugar besides the dates, so I omitted the honey and used coconut oil to help them hold their shape.
The coconut oil is warmed and after you shape the bites using your fingers (not rolling), the coconut oil hardens as it chills in your refrigerator, leaving you with Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites that hold their shape.
Even though your comment hurt after I first read it, it did make me want to try a different way to shape these so everyone can easily make them.
Back into the kitchen I went and out came these Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs. All the sweetness of the original with a little crunch and chocolate flavors from the cacao nibs and an easier method for shaping them.
Instead of trying to shape the loose texture with your fingers and getting discouraged because they are not like cookie dough, I opted to spoon the texture into ice cube trays. A much easier method for making these so you can get the same results as I did.
You can even use candy molds for fancier shapes.
Just spoon the texture in, pressing it down with your fingers, until it fills the cube shape.
Place tray into refrigerator to chill and about four to six hours later (letting them chill overnight is best), turn the tray upside down over a plate and gently twist the ice cube tray like you do to remove ice cubes.
They should easily fall out.
Easy Peasy. Just like that!
So, I have to say Thank you Grace Fox for leaving your comment to inspire me to revamp this recipe and create these Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs.
I hope you find this method of using ice cube trays or candy molds much easier than the first.
And I look forward to hearing your comments.
As always, if you do make these Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs, please leave me a comment below as I would love to hear if you found this method much better than shaping them with your hands. Or share it with me by tagging your Instagram with #sweetandspicymonkey, so I can see all the goodness you create in your kitchen. Happy Eating!
These Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs are great for on-the-go breakfast, snacks, or before and after your workout. Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free, with no honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar added. All the sweetness comes from dates.
- 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
- 4 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder
- 6 dates, diced and pitted
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea powder
- 3 Tablespoons cacao nibs
- Add cashews, coconut, and dates into your food processor and blend until ingredients are diced into small pieces.
- Add coconut oil, protein powder, and Matcha powder. Pulse until ingredients are blended throughout nut mixture.
- Add in cacao nibs and pulse for about 10 seconds to mix cacao nibs in with mixture. Any longer will break them apart into smaller pieces.
- Unplug food processor, remove lid, and spoon Matcha mixture into ice cube tray, pressing mixture down with your fingers, filling to the top. You can also try using candy molds for different shapes like hearts or flowers.
- Repeat until all cubes are filled.
- Chill in refrigerator for about 4 to 6 hours so they can set up. Letting them chill overnight is best.
- When ready to eat, gently twist the ice cube tray over a clean, flat surface, as you would when removing ice cubes. The Matcha Green Tea Protein Bites with Cacao Nibs should fall out easily.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- You can soften the dates before adding so they mix more easily by placing into a microwave safe cup with 2 Tablespoons of water. Heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute in microwave until softened. Let cool before removing seed and dicing.
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