Spring is Coming!

The irony that we write this on a day of rain, grey skies and woolly jumpers is not one gone unnoticed, but if you look hard enough (some days harder than others..) then Spring is well and truly on it’s way. Waking up at 6am is no longer done in the dark - the sun is now there to encourage us, blossom has made London that little more magical and the sun is making a much welcomed appearance again - so much so that we’ve been eating lunch outside more often than inside recently!

But the most anticipated sign of all in pollen HQ has to be the clocks going forward this weekend. Who knew that leaving work (and getting off the tube on the other end…) in the daylight would bring so much joy! Working in a railway arch means we don’t usually have too much of an idea about what’s going on outside, so hearing the happiness/shock/enjoyment of people opening the door at 6pm to find the sun still shining always puts a smile on our faces (it’s the small things, right?). 

But those sleep-savvy amongst us will know that the clocks changing also means an hour less in bed - and when you start in the kitchen at 7am really makes the difference. Which is why we’ve turned to our trusty friend matcha to help us out. Our matcha protein balls were one of our bestsellers last year, and now they’ve been replaced with acerola (it’s a competitive game for those superfoods), we thought it was the perfect time to share the recipe with you all. 


MATCHA PROTEIN BALLS 

GF | WF | DF | RSF | VE | Serves 12

INGREDIENTS


- 75g cashews
- 30g desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp hemp protein
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp water
- 10g desiccated coconut, to decorate

METHOD


1. Add all the ingredients except the desiccated coconut reserved  for decoration to a food processor, or blender, and mix until fully combined - add 1tbsp of water if the mixture is too dry
2. Take approximately 25g of mixture at a time (about half a palm) and roll into a ball
3. Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut
4. Store in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before serving
5. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or the freezer for 3 months.


HEALTH BENEFITS

As with all our recipes, they're designed to provide your body with the optimum health benefits from the ingredients combined, as well as providing a delicious option. These matcha balls contain a little extra protein to help deliver the energy levels discussed, and we also opted for a date-free recipe to provide a low fructose offering, with the option to sub the maple for your favourite sweetener (e.g. rice malt syrup to make it fructose free!) These are the three main health benefits: 

Energising:
Matcha contains caffeine, as well as L-Theanine with provides a steady and prolonged energy boost without any of the highs and lows, or jitteriness associated with coffee

Promote Clarity: Again down to the L-Theanine which promotes the release of dopamine and serotonin, matcha provides concentration and clarity of mind, as well as improving overall mood - perfect for when you’re lacking on the sleep front!  

Endurance: The added benefit of the hemp protein makes these balls the perfect snack for seeing you through to your next meal.



pollen + grace