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.
Matcha has been shown to support a feeling of calm alertness - pretty helpful while traveling.
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...
Coconut Matcha Energy Bars
- 1 ¼ cups dates pitted + roughly chopped
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup cashews
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder + additional for sprinkling
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs unsweetened
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Combine dates, almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, vanilla, + 2 teaspoon 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.
- Add cacao nibs and pulse just enough for cacao to be dispersed throughout.
- 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.
- Place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove bars from dish by pulling out parchment paper. Cut into bars + store in fridge for up to 1 week.