These Banana Matcha Energy Bites are naturally sweetened and flavored with bananas—so no sugar added at all. Slightly crispy on the outside and ultra chewy on the inside, these are so much better than any store-bought granola bar!
These healthy Banana Matcha Energy Bites are a favorite breakfast snack and an on-the-go treat to fuel you up with the goodness of Matcha green tea and all the added superfoods. They’re sweetened and flavored with bananas—so no sugar added at all. Slightly crispy on the outside and ultra chewy on the inside, these taste better than any store-bought energy bar.
As you know, I am absolutely in LOVE with Matcha Green Tea Powder. It’s one of the world’s best treasures from Japan.
Now before we get into today’s banana matcha energy bars, I can’t help but tell you about my new favorite obsession with this Matcha Power hummus. It happens to be the talk of every party I bring it to— It’s the green color, the deep earthy and slightly sweet taste to the hummus.
Why these Matcha Energy Bites will totally elevate your snack game:
I’ve made those insanely delicious energy bites at least 3 times now and we can’t get enough! They’re perfect for after work-outs, snack on the go, breakfast when you’re rushed, picnics and any time you crave a sweet treat!
If you love your energy bars chewy on the inside, yet slightly crispy on the outside, and not overly sweetened with sugars or honey, these are your new favorites!
These healthy superfood energy bites have just a perfect amount of sweetness with an earthy green tea flavor and are loaded with nuts, cranberries and seeds. I cannot think of a healthier way to snack!
Even though Matcha green tea is one of the healthiest ingredients out there, we still need to add a bit of sweetness to these Energy bites, but I promise we’re still keeping it healthy! It’s like a dream come true!
Get all those health benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder while snacking:
So I’ve written quite a bit about the many health benefits of Matcha green tea in the Matcha power Hummus post, I’ll just briefly mention some of them again:
- Matcha provides you with antioxidants and amino acids.
- Unlike regular green tea, Matcha green tea is grown only in the shade, handpicked and milled in an ever so slow gentle grinder into a fine powder, preserving all the anti-oxidant properties.
If you’re new to Matcha green tea, the best tip I can give you is—USE it as often as you can! It’s fabulous in savory and sweet recipes, drinks and baking recipes.
You’ll be surprised how well Matcha green tea pairs with chocolate, and yet it also wonderfully pairs with savory snacks like hummus.
How to make Banana Matcha Energy Bites:
You can use any type of nut you like here, and any type of dried fruit too. I love a combination of oats, nuts and superfood seeds like flax seeds, quinoa seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds. But you can very much use only oats, or only seeds and nuts.
Toast the oats, seeds and nuts for 10 mins in the oven. Note that this step is completely optional, but I find that toasting them intensifies the nutty flavor off the seeds and oats and really takes your energy bites to the next level.
In the meantime, I add 2 bananas, 2 tablespoons of almond butter to a food processor and blend until smooth. Sprinkle in the Matcha green tea powder and vanilla and blend to combine.
Once the granola mixture is toasted, simply toss it with the Matcha smoothie.
Banana Matcha Energy Bites or Granola Bars – you get to choose!
Now, if you’re a fan of these cute energy balls like in the photos you won’t even have to bake your energy bites. However, for little energy bites, I really recommend toasting the mixture unless you don’t mind the raw taste of oats in your energy balls.
In order to shape these, simply take an ice cream scoop and form about golf size balls, just like if you were making meatballs. These energy balls need to be chilled for at least an hour to firm up and hold their shape.
For making banana matcha granola bars, press the whole mixture into a parchment lined 8-inch square pan.
Bake the mixture for 25-35 mins until crispy on the edges and the tops are slightly golden. Remove them from the oven, let them cool and slice them into the shape you want.
These energy bites stay fresh for 3 weeks when wrapped in an airtight container at room temperature, and if you keep them in the fridge they last at least 6 weeks.
Have I mentioned that these healthy banana matcha energy bites are completely vegan and gluten-free when using gluten-free oats? Seriously, give those amazing Matcha energy bites a try!
Tips for success:
- Add in your favorite nuts and dried fruits, and you’ve got yourself a power boosting, satisfying sweet treat that you can feel GOOD about!
- When using Matcha, always remember that a little bit goes a long way, so 1-2 teaspoons will be the range you’re looking at depending on the recipe.
- As a nut butter, you can use Peanut butter, any seed butter, or coconut oil—all work beautifully!
Banana Matcha Energy Bites
These Banana Matcha Energy Bites are a favorite breakfast and on-the-go - snack to fuel you up with the goodness of Matcha green tea and all the superfoods. They’re naturally sweetened and flavored with bananas—so no sugar added at all. Slightly crispy on the outside and ultra chewy on the inside, these are so much better than any store-bought granola bar!
- 1 cup oats any type, any size
- 1 cup seeds one type of a combo—I used a combo of flax seeds, quinoa seeds, sunflower seeds, chia and sesame seeds
- 1 cup nuts one type or a combo— I used walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and almonds
- 2 bananas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter or coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 2/3 cup cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a parchment lined baking sheet, place the oats, seeds and nuts. Toast them for 8-inch mins. Leave the oven on.
- Remove the tray from the oven and place the oat mixture in a large bowl and add the cranberries into that bowl too.
In the meantime, in a food processor, place the bananas, almond butter, vanilla, flax powder and green tea powder until smooth.
- Add the Matcha mixture into the oat mixture and toss it very well.
For making energy balls:
If making no-bake energy balls, use this mixture as it is, take golf size pieces and roll them between your hands into balls. Refrigerate the energy balls for at least 1 hour to firm up.
For making granola bars:
- If you’re making the energy bars, take the oat mixture and press it into a parchment lined 8 inch baking pan. Press the oat mixture well with your hands to make sure it’s intact. Bake the pan for 25-35 minutes until the mixture is golden on top and crispy on the edges.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the mixture cool down before slicing. Slice into bars, squares, triangles or any shape you like. Enjoy.
- Store the bars wrapped in a cling film and then in a sealed container for at least 2 weeks, and up to a month in the refrigerator.