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Words and Photos by Lottie Bildirici

Matcha bites are the perfect burst of energy that won’t have you crashing after a few hours. Matcha is a slow releasing caffeine that will continue to energize you. Paired with dates and nuts, it’s the perfect combination. I also used tahini (sesame paste). Tahini is great! It’s one of the richest sources of plant-based calcium out there. Most people don’t think to use it in sweet things but its super versatile and great if you are nut free.

Recipe (Yields 22 Bites):

    • 3 cups pitted dates (soaked in warm water for ten minutes)
    • 2 cups raw almonds, divided 
    • 1/2 cup tahini paste
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons matcha powder
    • Dash of salt

Directions:

    1. In a food processor process 1 cup of almonds and 1 1/2 tablespoons of matcha powder until a flour like substance forms.
    2. Then add in soaked dates, tahini, lemon juice and remaining 1 cup of almonds.
    3. Process until a dough-like substance forms.
    4. Once fully combined, transfer to a bowl and using a small ice cream scooper or tablespoon roll into balls and freeze.
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