Shamrock shake protein bites are a fun and healthy St. Patrick’s Day treat! Snack healthy with this Vanilla Matcha Shamrock Shake protein bites recipe. They’re packed with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. Oh, and they’re a gluten-free, grain free and paleo-friendly recipe, too!
Well hello March! You sure did sneak up on me and so did St. Patrick’s day. Luckily (no pun intended), I was prepared. You see, before I left for New Zealand, I made these no bake protein bites. I also devoured them all by myself, no shame here folks.
But what I didn’t realize is how much I needed the green ingredient in these bites to help with time change/jet lag. Yup –> Matcha! It’s everywhere. It’s the new trend, as it should be. This little gem of an antioxidant does wonders.
Let’s chat about matcha, shall we?
- Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being grounding into a soft fine GREEN powder.
- How does it stay green? –> The powder is stored away from light ( and oxygen) which helps preserve it’s antioxidant properties and colors.
- But why the hype? Well, this super food has loads of antioxidants as well as an amino acid called L- THEANINE . L-Theanine can help with the production of dopamine and serotonin and therefore help balance sleep/wake cycles, naturally. Oh and these two chemicals can also improve mood and concentration. YES, I NEED THAT!
L-Theanine, for the most part, is a relaxing but not sedating amino acid that is synergistic with stimulants such as caffeine as it can ‘take the edge off’. It is effective by itself in the standard supplemental dosages as well, and although it can be attained via a diet high in green tea ingestion that is the only dietary source of L-Theanine source
Now do you see why I made this grain free shamrock shake protein bites recipe?Print
Grain Free Shamrock Shake Protein Bites
- Total Time: 10 min
- Yield: 33 1x
- 1 cup coconut or almond flour
- ½ cup banana chips
- ¼ Vanilla Protein of choice
- ⅓ –½ cup nut butter of choice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp mint or spearmint extract
- ½ cup honey
- 2–3 tablespoon matcha powder in mix and to coat
- First, grind up your banana chips. Then just mix up dry ingredients and add in nut butter, extract, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then use extra green matcha Powder and a little bit of vanilla protein or coconut flour to coat. Store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 30 -25 bites, give or take.
- NOTE –> if your batter is dry, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.
Feel free to sub the ground banana chips for ground nuts, almonds, oats, flour, etc.
- Prep Time: 10 min
Have you ever had a shamrock shake? Ever tried matcha?
Some amazing recipes have been made with matcha, like these white chocolate matcha cookies and this white chocolate matcha cookies!
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Cheers and don’t forget to wear your green next week!
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Wow, I like a lot of green foods! But my favorite is avocados 🙂
My favorite green food is definitely avocado. I eat it every day! But grilled asparagus would be a close second.
oh yes, so good that buttery green
Brittany @ Barr & Table
I think brussels sprouts might be my favorite green food. Or broccoli. I’ve always loved broccoli haha
me too! or zucchini!
Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
Avocado for sure!
I was thinking of making some sort protein bar for St. Patrick’s day. All I could think about was adding spinach or some vegetable though! I am so glad I came across this – matcha is a much better alternative.
I love green vegetables – spinach and broccoli are my favorites!
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Healthy would be green beans. I eat them raw every day with lunch.
Not healthy would be any pistachio or mint ice cream.
I love okra!
Mary @ Fit and Fed
Good idea, I have some matcha powder in the cupboard just waiting for a project like this.
I have a completely unopened bag of Matcha powder in my cupboard from a while ago. Looks like your balls are calling me. 😉
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
I’ve been obsessed with matcha as well! What a great idea to roll the bites in it!
oh my goodness! these are so darn cute! I love shamrock shakes from mcdonalds but unfortunately i haven’t had one in ages!!!
haha you’re not missing out on Mcdonalds.
I really like spinach salads 🙂
My favorite green foods are spinach, broccoli, and swiss chard. Totally intrigued by this recipe. Love that green color!
Danica @ It's Progression
My favorite green foods are avocado and spinach.
Alison @ racingtales
Green is my favorite color! Love the look of these healthy bites and the ingredients sound yummy! Favorite green food? Avocado!
Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
My favorite green food? Artichokes!
Green foods are my favorite. From asparagus to broccoli to kale to romaine lettuce to avocados, I love them all! These healthy bites sound awesome, especially since I’ve been on a big matcha kick lately.
My fave green food? Brussel sprouts!
These look really yummy! My fav green food is broccoli or spinach, not sure if that is odd or boring 😛
emma @ be mom strong
brussels!!! can’t. eat. enough!
I need some relaxation in my life!!
hmmm favorite green food…either green smoothies or roasted broccoli!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
These looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Lindsay.
These are genius! Loving that vibrant green color …and I’m quickly realizing I need to get some matcha!
Avocados are my favorite.
These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them! I wish mine would have turned out that green. The most recent organic matcha I got wasn’t very bright and I was bummed I had used the last of what I had previously in the balls vs coating them. Plus it bummed me out for my other recipes but hey they still get the health benefits of mactha!
Arman @ thebigmansworld
those balls are so puuuurty. I need to try matcha powder!
She Rocks Fitness
Since I only have 4 left in my freezer…Yes they’ve lasted that long…I could really use these…LOL. Happy Weekend Friend! XOXO
Those awful McDonalds St. Patricks shakes…just kidding…well sort of and green peppers!
My favorite green food is broccoli, but it may become these protein bites!!
I love pistachios 🙂 and I can always eat green peppers!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Matcha balls!!! I need to make these. Stat.
My fave green food is green grapes!
Jody - Fit at 57
I would enter but I already won last time AND I ate them all! 🙂
my favorite green food is avocado 🙂
How fun are these?!
YUM! these look so yummy and festive too 😉 I have never had matcha tea! (you aren’t surprised, I know hehe)
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I’m not able to comment on your site on my mobile device. Keeps telling me I’m spam or maybe I can’t add. 😉
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
Lindsay -LURVE the natural color on these little bites! You know what – I haven’t yet tried matcha green tea to cook/bake with, it might be my favorite green food once I do. Currently though I adore spinach! Whether it be savory or sweet, spinach is my go to for natural green coloring!
My favorite green food is broccoli or spinach. I like using spinach greens instead of iceberg for a salad. Zucchini is also good. I like fresh veggies.
you speak my GREEN language! hehe
Heather (Where's the Beach)
This is perfect. I actually thought about emailing you yesterday to ask if you had a preferred brand of matcha. I found one on Amazon that is best seller for culinary uses. So…I wasn’t sure. I think my favorite green food may be asparagus, or peas, or kale, or …. I like most green foods!
Oh yes! i can totally recommend one brand. Or maybe you will win? hehe
Molly Auf der Maur
These Healthy Bites sound delicious. My fav green food is probably kale, especially made into kale chips with lots of nutritional yeast on top!
These are too cute and they sound amazing! Totally pinned & stumbled this one 🙂
I love veggies!! Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach! Yum
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Favorite green food: Mint chocolate chip ice cream! 🙂
Yum these look fantastic! I add matcha powder to my water almost everyday it is so yummy and I really enjoy it! Thanks for sharing this clever recipe 😉 xo C
I’m not sure I have ever had a true shamrock shake but I do love matcha!
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
I keep meaning to buy coconut flour! Thanks for reminding me.
Oh these look awesome! But I’m pretty sure I said that about your last recipe too Lindsay. Another one for my Pinterest I think. Thanks for this. 🙂
Jessica Joy @The Fit Switch
Thanks Lindsay! Ok, it feels good to be more on the front end of a health trend, than the hind. HAHA. Luckily, I read more amazing health and fitness blogs like this, so I can be WITH the times, instead of behind. What thrills me most about these balls is the color and texture….they practically look mossy, in the best way. LOVE LOVE, and am excited to try!
My favorite green food would probably have to be green smoothies!
So hard to pick!! Spinach or kale or sugar snap peas or asparagus..
I have matcha powder just itching to be used 🙂 Favorite green food is a toss up between broccoli and avocados!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
Mint chocolate chip ice cream! Wait, does that count?? 😉
These look amazing! I used to drink matcha latte’s and protein shakes when I worked at Starbucks and they were my favorite! Never would have though to put them in a healthy bite! Such an interesting recipe. Oh, and favorite green food is probably swiss chard or spinach!
I love green leafy goodness!
kristin | W [H] A T C H
these are such a fun color!
I love green smoothies! I have them almost daily!
I will always and forever love green smoothies–in fact I’ve been adding a tsp of matcha to mine lately and it’s fantastic!
I love spinach and asparagus! But I’m probably a bigger green tea fan.
I love kale chips!
I love love love matcha lattes <3 These bites look amazing! Didn't know about all the super powers of matcha and now I love it even more.
Green foods? I have so many favorites. Lately I've been loving zoodles, brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, spinach…. the list goes on.
Happy Friday <3
Lisa @ RunWiki
I love matcha! I would say a matcha green tea latte… is that food? haha
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I love the use of the banana chips in these so creative. And they are so green. I haven’t tried matcha yet but this would be a great way to! love it!
yes, matcha is everywhere….and I am not sure how I feel about it yet as I messed it up the first time and it put me off! I need to give it another try! Love that you are just such a genius with these healthy bites. Love them!
My favorite green food is probably spinach, I know that sounds lame though… pistachios are awesome too! Love the healthy shamrock shake in bite form- yum!
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
These look great! I started using matcha after doing a review a few months ago. I might need to give these a try this weekend!
Oh yum! I want to try these for sure! St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday–so many variations of green foods we can play with!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Matcha is the way to go! Natural green! I love all things green though 😉
Cara's Healthy Cravings
These are beyond festive, I love them!
My fav green food…I don’t know if I can choose.
Big fan of spinach and any fresh herb.
THESE LOOK AWESOME! Can you believe I’ve never had a shamrock shake? But if they taste like the way these seems like they’d taste, I’m sure they’re awesome!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
Heather @Fit n Cookies
I totally agree! Matcha really is powerful and amazing!
MIchele @ paleorunningmomma
These look so good, and of course so festive and pretty! I have too many favorite green foods to pick one 🙂
avocado is my favorite green food for sure! Ive actually never tried matcha or a shamrock shake!!
My favorite green food would be brussel sprouts. I also like parsley alot!!I’ve never tried Matcha before but these bites look so lucky and delicious I just might have to run right out and get some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!