Coconut Matcha Energy Bars

These vegan Coconut Matcha Energy Bars are a great healthy snack for days when you need long-lasting energy. Created by The Grateful Grazer.I’m heading to New Orleans(!) so I created these matcha energy bars to keep us energized for the drive.

One of my go-to strategies for staying healthy wile traveling is bringing snacks from home.  Being armed with healthy snacks just makes it so much easier to bypass processed convenience store stuff that I don’t really enjoy eating anyway.

WHAT IS MATCHA?

Matcha is a type of green tea that comes in a powder.  Because the entire leaf is used, matcha contains even more beneficial antioxidants and nutrients than regular green tea.  You can read more about the health benefits of matcha tea in my Matcha 101 post.

I’ve been using more matcha lately (it’s great in smoothies and lattes) and wanted to try incorporating it into an energy bar.

Matcha has been shown to support a feeling of calm alertness – pretty helpful while traveling.

These vegan Coconut Matcha Energy Bars are a great healthy snack for days when you need long-lasting energy. Created by The Grateful Grazer.

NEW TO HOMEMADE ENERGY BARS?

A great homemade energy bar needs a few things:

  • Nuts and seeds for energy, healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein.
  • Dates and/or other dried fruits for easily-digestible carbohydrates/quick energy, fiber, sweetness, and to act as a binder.
  • Flavorings I used coconut, cacao nibs, matcha, and vanilla here. (But you could substitute with other flavorings and spices to make tons of different combinations, feel free to experiment.)

How can I best describe these energy bars?

They’re kinda like a Lara bar and a green tea latte had a (really delicious) baby…

These vegan Coconut Matcha Energy Bars are a great healthy snack for days when you need long-lasting energy. Created by The Grateful Grazer.

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Coconut Matcha Energy Bars
 
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With a combination of nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, and matcha green tea powder, these flavorful energy bars are a healthier alternative to most store-bought energy bars.
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 8 bars
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups dates, pitted + roughly chopped
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder + additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs unsweetened
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, vanilla, + 2 tsp matcha powder in food processor and pulse until well-combined. Mixture should stick together like a dough when pressed. If mixture is falling a part, add a few more dates and process again until combined.
  2. Add cacao nibs and pulse just enough for cacao to be dispersed throughout.
  3. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper (so bars are easier to remove later) and add bars to dish. Use hands or the back of a spoon to press the mixture down until it is compact and smooth. Sprinkle coconut and additional matcha on top and press down with back of spoon.
  4. Place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Remove bars from dish by pulling out parchment paper. Cut into bars + store in fridge for up to 1 week.

These vegan Coconut Matcha Energy Bars are a great healthy snack for days when you need long-lasting energy. Created by The Grateful Grazer.

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14 thoughts on “Coconut Matcha Energy Bars

  1. These look wonderful! I love that all of the ingredients are things I normally have. And I’m always looking for new ways to use matcha powder. Thanks for the recipe, as well as all of the links for other ways to use green tea powder!They sound excellent. Can’t wait to try!

  2. Hoping to make these as a Christmas gift. Just want to verify the quantity for the dates. Is it just 1 1/4 dates or should that tat be 1 1/4 cup of dates? Thanks and Merry Christmas

  3. I love these, i just finished making these but they crumble easily any tips on another binding agent besides dates that i can add?

    Linja

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