Recently, I shared a wonderful recipe for homemade coconut milk yogurt that I got from a fantastic cookbook called the Gut Health Diet Plan. Today I’m sharing another amazing recipe from this book. If you’re looking for a healthy, sweet treat, then you’re going to LOVE this recipe.
These Matcha Superfood Bites are so delicious, easy to make and are packed with nutrients. I don’t know about you, but I love bite-sized desserts, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. Most of the time, when I’m craving something sweet, I just want a little bite. This the perfect sweet fix without the guilt. Plus, they’re pretty rich, so all you need is one or maybe two.
These little nuggets are packed with antioxidants and are ideal for healing the gut and reducing inflammation. Matcha has antibacterial effects on the digestive system, which makes it an ideal choice for improving gut health. Matcha also provides anti-inflammatory catechins and L-theanine to relieve anxiety.
Coconut oil is an incredibly healthy fat and has anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil has been shown to improve conditions such as candida, IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, diverticulosis, constipation, and even Crohn’s Disease. The medium chain fatty acids are absorbed easier and quicker in the digestive tract than longer chain fatty acids found in other fats, such as vegetable oils. In addition to the health benefits of coconut oil itself, these fatty acids also help the body absorb other nutrients as well.
Goji berries are delicious, little, nutrient-packed red berries that look similar to raisins. They boost immune function, increase alkalinity, protect the liver, improve eyesight and blood quality, and provide anti-aging benefits. Goji berries are a complete protein source containing 18 different amino acids and all eight essential amino acids. They contain many trace minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, selenium, phosphorous and calcium. Goji berries also contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food in the world. (2 to 4 times the amount found in blueberries!)
Cacao or raw chocolate is an incredible source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium. Raw chocolate elevates your mood and energy, builds strong bones, improves cardiovascular health, and is a natural aphrodisiac. This is fantastic news for all you chocolate lovers out there!
I made a couple of modifications to the recipe based on what I like, and what I had in my pantry. Instead of cashew butter, I used organic, natural peanut butter. In place of xylitol, I used 2 tbsp coconut sugar. (I usually use much less sweetener than a recipe calls for, and I don’t typically use sugar alcohols like xylitol.)
You also have options in the recipe based on your preference. The recipe calls for either dried cherries or goji berries. I used goji berries. You can choose between cacao butter or coconut oil. I used coconut oil. You can also choose between protein powder, colostrum powder, or collagen powder. I used vanilla vegan protein powder.
NOTE: I accidentally misread the instructions, and I formed the balls before putting it in the freezer. They still turned out fine. 🙂