Try It: Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls

August 17, 2015


Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology shares with us her latest obsession: matcha. Try her Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls for a sweet healthy treat. 

If you’re new to the world of matcha, my advice is to ease into it. Given matcha’s slightly bitter, matcha-pistachio-bliss-balls-sbs somewhat umami, grassy flavor, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s an acquired taste. But, once you fall in love with it, you fall hard. Trust me. And you’ll find yourself sprinkling matcha on everything, making iced matcha and salted caramel lattes, blending it in smoothies and generally doing the matcha happy dance.


For newbie matcha friends and lovers alike – you surely can’t go wrong with these pistachio matcha bliss balls. First, they’re bliss balls – and everyone loves bliss balls, right? Second, they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants from the matcha, pisctachios, dates, almonds and coconut.

They’re also refined sugar free and the perfect sweet, healthy snack. One or two will satisfy your hunger and sweet tooth in one fell swoop.


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Serves: 14 balls
  1. Place all the ingredients (except the last ¼ cup pistachios) into a food processor. Process for one minute or until finely chopped and blended.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls of mixture. Roll between your hands to create evenly sized balls.
  3. When all balls have been rolled, roll them again through the chopped pistachios and press firmly into the balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes then enjoy.


  • Reply Katie Shields August 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    These look amazing, Lisa! I will have to give them a try the next time I have some matcha tea on hand. Thank you for sharing such a healthy snack! XX, Katie

  • Reply Lisa Bryan August 18, 2015 at 8:39 am

    So glad you like them Katie! You’ll definitely have to give them a try when you get your matcha back in stock. 🙂 x

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 19, 2015 at 7:33 am

    These look great, I love matcha! 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Bryan August 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks Sarah! I have a slight addiction to matcha as well! 😉 x

  • Reply Mary August 30, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Than you for sharing, they look yummy! I will definitely try them. I’m not a fan of cashews, is there another nut you would recommend?

  • Reply Michelle Khalili August 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Is there another ingredient you can use other than dates? They’re very high in sugar. Thank you!

  • Reply Michelle August 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Is there a substitute for the matcha powder? It’s quite pricey.

  • Reply Sue August 31, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Just made these and they’re fantastic! They’ll be great to bring along on our hikes

  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Mary – almonds would work well! 🙂 x

  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Michelle – unfortunately the dates not only help to sweeten, but bind the bliss balls together. If you only eat one ball at a time though…you’re not consuming too much sugar! 😉 x

  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Michelle – if you replaced the matcha powder, they wouldn’t be matcha pistachio bliss balls. 😉 I have a couple of recipes for coconut macaroons on my website http://www.downshiftology.com that you may like though! x

  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Sue – Yay! So glad you loved them! And yes, they’re perfect for a hike. Fab idea! 🙂 x

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