We're 4 weeks into our marathon pre-training and it's been an uphill climb, figuratively and literally (those Silver Lake hills though). Part of what I'm working on during this time is establishing a solid workout routine, as well as determining which foods best fuel my body through not just my work day but through my evening runs.
Matcha has been the hottest kid on the block lately—and well-deserved too. It's earthy yet subtle in flavor, full of nutrients (hello antioxidants and amino acids!), a great non-coffee caffeine source and so versatile. I was already consuming matcha in hot, iced, latte and smoothie form regularly but wanted to incorporate it into my food somehow.
Enter these Black Sesame Matcha Snack Bites. Black sesame seeds and matcha are a match made in heaven and I'm so glad to have been able to successfully incorporate the two into one, delicious treat. These bites also have the added benefit of collagen peptides, which have been so helpful for my skin and hair health in the past several months. This is one jam-packed snack!
Black Sesame Matcha Snack Balls
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yields: About 14 balls
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 5 dried dates
- 2 tbsp organic, raw acacia honey (I used Heavenly Organics)
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides
- homemade nut milk, as needed
- optional: 2 scoops collagen peptides + 1/4 tsp cinnamon or matcha powder
Pulse almonds & cashews in high speed blender or food processor until crumbly with chunks. Make sure not to over blend as these can quickly turn into a paste.
Add in dry ingredients and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add in dates, honey, coconut butter and vanilla extract. Pulse until fully incorporated. If the mixture has trouble blending, add nut milk sparingly as needed—less is more so add one teaspoon at a time so the mixture does not become too wet.
Form dough into bite-sized balls, arrange on a flat sheet and place in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes.
Optional: Combine collagen peptides and cinnamon or matcha powder (or your topping of choice) in a small bowl and roll balls until fully covered.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container; keeps for about a week.