Hi guyss! I am currently writing from the West Coast of America and have been travelling around a lot for the past 6 weeks so really haven’t had time to blog anything! However, I haven’t been eating the most deliciously healthy vegan food over here- so many yummy cafe’s and restaurants that are plant-based only.
For the past week I’ve been staying in San Diego, so took the opportunity to go and buy some of my favourite plant based ingredients and develop a new ‘sweet treat’ recipe… Today I give you- vegan tropical matcha bars! They are extremely high in antioxidants due to the pure green tea powder I used and the freshly squeezed oranges that I picked fresh from the orange tree in the garden of the villa I am currently staying in!
If you follow SHK you probably know by now that two of my favourite flavours are matcha and coconut! You can see more recipes using these flavours on my recipe page.
Ingredients (makes 8 vegan bars)
1/2 a cup of almond flour
1/2 a cup of desiccated coconut
1/4 of a cup of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons of green tea matcha powder
1 fresh orange for 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed juice
100g of 85% dark vegan chocolate
In a bowl, combine the almond flour and desiccated coconut and then add the coconut oil (which should be slightly melted). Add the tablespoon of milk.
Add the matcha-powder, then the freshly squeeze juice from the orange. You may find it easier to use your hands to mould the mixture into one large ball to make sure it is all combined.
You can now begin to break off the mix to form 8 individual bars. Once moulded, place them on baking paper and leave to cool and harden in the freezer for 1 hour.
Once the bars have hardened, melt the dark chocolate and cover the bars as you wish- I did half of the treats fully covered in the chocolate and just zig-zagged the rest over (see pictures).
Place them back in the freezer for an additional hour. Then enjoy!
These bars are the perfect combination of matcha and coconut with a zesty twist! To keep up with more recipes and delicious plant based meals, follow SHK on instagram.
Happy Monday! I’m back with another recipe for you guys! Super healthy matcha truffles that not only taste great but are perfect for snacking and energy boosting! Firstly, I need to thank Teaforia for sending me such deliciously balanced teas to try out. My obsession with matcha is growing and my favourite recipes to incorporate this green powder into is these raw vegan balls. They are quick and easy to make, and you don’t need a lot of ingredients! For this recipe I used Teaforias premium matcha- you can see the link listed in the ingredients section 🙂
The flavour? Think perfectly tasting green tea mixed with subtle hints of ‘coconutty’ flavours and almonds. These are made with ground almonds which a good sources of plant-based proteins, healthy fats and antioxidants.
So, I have shared a few other recipes with you guys in the past using matcha-green tea, but what’s different about these, is the consistency. These vegan treats are much softer- more like truffles… Healthy ones of course!
1/4 cup of desiccated coconut to roll the truffles in
In a bowl, combine the ground almonds and coconut milk, stirring gently until you achieve a soft paste-like consistency. Then stir Teaforia’s matcha green tea powder.
Add in the 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, and fold the mixture gently. Adding the coconut flour, will harden the mixture very slightly, allowing you to achieve a consistency that means you can roll in the mixture into 6 evenly sized raw balls.
You can now roll these truffles in the desiccated coconut, and place on baking paper in the fridge for up to an hour to chill.
These vegan matcha truffles are perfect to eat straight out the fridge. Keep chilled- they will last up to 5 days.
These raw vegan truffles are perfectly balanced in flavour, and have some great health benefits. They are high in antioxidants which helps detox the body, and aids in getting rid of free radicals. Free radicals can be harmful to the body so it is important that consume foods and drinks that are high in antioxidants regularly. They also contain good sources of vitamin E and magnesium.
To try other Teaforia ground teas, you can head to their website. They have a delicious variety of ground teas that will satisfy your tastebuds! Be sure to also purchase their premium Japanese organic matcha, so you can make these delicious healthy treats for yourself!
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Enjoy! SHK x
Other Teaforia teas that I have tried include: Spiced chai, Rooibos, Citrus zen, Ginger ninja and Kyo-matcha latte. See their website for more information about their lovely teas.
So I have recently treated myself to some of Pure Chimp’s matcha powder. It’s a little pricey but I say, it is totally worth it! I enjoy green tea daily so just love the flavour of pure matcha. Aside from this, it is absolutely packed with nutritious health benefits. As you know, I always seek out the most wholesome, (vegan) organic ingredients I can find and I just love discovering new ingredients that I can play around with and incorporate into my vegan recipes. I love developing new healthy snacks and raw-balls are probably one of my favourite things to make! There is just so much to play around with and so many healthy plant-based flavours to mix up. These types of vegan snacks are also so great for keeping in the fridge to eat and snack on throughout the week- and you can make them so healthy and nutritious, which is exactly the type of things you want to be snacking on- so they’re perfect!
So what exactly is matcha-green-tea-powder? It is pure green tea leaves, ground into a fine powder, so you’re getting the purest form of this antioxidant substance. It is a naturally detoxing product that is also thought to speed up your metabolism. As well as its powerful anti-oxidising properties, it also contains high levels of vitamin C, zinc and magnesium. I have also found that it gives me more energy; so I have been mixing a teaspoon into my soy latte’s before I hit the gym!
So today I got back in the kitchen and tried using the product differently, and decided to incorporate it into one of my ‘raw balls’ recipes. You have probably noticed on my recipes page that I love making these kinds of healthy vegan snacks. Not only are they made with nourishing ingredients, but they are awesome for sharing and snacking on through the week. The snacks I make are a great source of energy, so I find them great little treats to have before a workout too! So I love matcha and coconut and thought- why not try the two flavours together to give you matcha and coconut vegan balls. This recipe I have developed makes 8. It is super easy, and you only need 5 ingredients!
3/4 cup of coconut flour
2 tablespoons of organic agave
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon of matcha powder
80g of 90% dark chocolate
In a bowl, mix the agave and coconut oil with the coconut flour, until you reach a paste like consistency.
Add the desiccated coconut in, and then add the matcha powder. Keep folding the mixture, until it is all mixed in together. You should then find it starts to stick together and yo can start to tear off bits of the mixture, to start rolling into balls.
This will allow you to make about 8 raw balls.
Leave these on baking paper in the fridge fro an hour.
Once the balls have been cooled in the fridge, melt the 90% dark chocolate. Then cover each of the balls and place back in the fridge for up to 2 hours.
What is great about these, is that you can keep them refrigerated for up to 5 days, so if you do not want to share them you can keep them to yourself and enjoy these vegan treats throughout the week ;). These raw vegan balls are so simple yet so nutritious. I always think it is really great when you find a recipe that is so healthy with the added bonus of being quick and easy to make. They are also suitable for most diet types- especially plant-based vegan. They contain absolutely no refined or processed ingredients- just pure wholesome and organic. I really enjoyed using this product for something other than fixing into a cup tea or a smoothie. It also adds a great colour to the recipe and we all associate the colour ‘green’ with healthy foods so I thought it was the perfect fit! I hope you enjoy my coconut and matcha snacks!