Green Tea Hazelnut Bites {Recipe Redux}

green tea hazelnut balls

I am a little shocked that these bites taste so good…
I mean – how can they??? They don’t have chocolate -in any form- in them!!!

No white chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate {GASP}…which doesn’t happen often in this little blog of mine (nor in my little home for that matter)!

What they do come packed with is a healthy dose of kombucha green tea, hazelnut meal and honey and a smattering of coconut oil, egg and coconut flour!

green tea hazelnut bite

Totally delicious and Totally good for you …I came up with these when I got my first Recipe Redux assignment of “Cooking with Tea“. The Recipe Redux focuses on morphing delicious dishes into delicious AND healthy ones. I am so humbled to have been accepted into this group of Bloggers and so love their incentive to “inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover”!

yum

I am not a big tea connoisseur, but I do love kombucha green tea …I first wanted to make green tea scones with white chocolate but then realized that white chocolate is not the healthiest one of its cousins – so, since most of my dark chocolate was used up in experimenting on Soup, I figured I would take a chance and go chocolate-free! The coconut flour was added in at the very last minute to make the dough more manageable.

TEA BITES

These are not only healthy but -with 6 ingredients & 3 optional ones- they are super easy too! One bowl, one tray, one spoon, and one oven – gives new meaning to “one and done“! :)

Now, here’s one bite…
green tea hazelnut yum

I Googled “tea bites” and could not find any others…which lead me to wondering…
Have you baked with tea before?

Green Tea Hazelnut Bites
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For the bites
  1. 2 cups hazelnut meal
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup freshly brewed kombucha green tea (I use 2 bags for one cup)
  4. 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tablespoons coconut flour
Topping
  1. 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds
  2. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, add the hazelnut meal, honey, green tea, coconut oil and egg and mix well and then mix in the coconut flour
  3. Form into balls/bites (I made 10 out of this), flatten slightly and place on a parchment lined baking tray
  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
  6. Let cool for about 15 minutes and sprinkle with mixed up cinnamon and brown sugar (optional)
Notes
  1. These bites keep very well in an airtight container in a cool place.
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  1. says

    These do look very good and I’m quite happy to have a dessert that doesn’t contain chocolate! I love the look of your little bites and I adore anything with hazelnut meal. I haven’t tried that kind of tea so I’ll add that to my ‘to do’ list xx

  2. says

    Great going Shashi! I love green tea but prefer it in liquid form ;)! That being said, I do love me some green tea ice cream! Also you’ll be very pleased to know that green tea flavored Kit Kats are available in Japan…time to make a trip down there ;)?

  3. says

    Mmm … these look absolutely delicious inside … even though there isn’t a chunk or even a flake of chocolate in sight! I forgive you just this once, Shashi, as these hazelnut bites sound and look so healthy and tasty.

  4. says

    Yum, I love Green Tea everything! Ice cream, mochi, crackers, etc. There are some crazy Asian treats w/ green tea in it.

    Is it easy to find hazelnut meal? I don’t think I have ever see nit but then again I never looked for it either!

  5. says

    Looks like incorporating tea into cooking is becoming the thing to do in the food blogging world. I love it though!

  6. says

    Lady you are on fire! Yesterday choc soup and today these amazing green tea hazelnut bites.
    I can totally see myself dunking one bite into the choc soup…WHOA…
    OK I have to stop thinking about it, I might pass out otherwise! ;)

  7. says

    Easy, tasty, AND healthy?!? These have my name written all over them! Even if there’s no chocolate ;) And I seriously love all the ingredients — I can just imagine how soft and pillowy they must be.

    I’ve never baked with tea before, but I’ve made my oats in it if that counts :)

  8. says

    These bites look mouthwatering Shashi! I am a big fan of green tea desserts and with the hazelnuts and coconut…oh boy, sounds like such an amazing combination. Luckily for me they are healthy too since I would surely want to eat the entire batch!:)

  9. says

    Believe it or not, I’ve yet to bake with tea. It’s been on my list for a while, but I just haven’t done it yet. Now you’ve inspired me…these sound delicious! Thanks, Shashi!

  10. says

    These look lovely Shashi! Perfect tea bites I think. I’ve done madeleines with tea and some fruit cakes, Tea works as a great flavour in baked goods, much like coffee and chocolate :)
    Hope you’ve been well. xx

    • says

      Janelle, if not for the recipe redux challenge, I would never have tried cooking/baking with it either! Thanks so much for your kind comment.

  11. says

    These look so good! I LOVE tea… and I love what you said at the beginning! I hear ya… for me, dessert is best when it involves chocolate in some form! :) But every once in a while, you find something that isn’t chocolate… but just as satisfying!! Looks like you found that recipe! YUM!

    • says

      Ha – thanks Cailee! This was indeed sweet and satisfying – and just like chocolate, needed a tall glass of milk to wash it down :)

  12. says

    I’ve never cooked w/ tea as I’m not a huge fan, but I can do raspberry or chai.. which I bet would be equally delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, darling! Hope you’re having a lovely holiday weekend.

  13. says

    I have yet to bake with tea … it’s something I keep meaning to do but just somehow never get around to! These look delicious!! Hope you are having a great long weekend!

    • says

      Bianca – I confess, am not a huge tea drinker – if not for the recipe redux challenge, I would never have ended up enjoying these! :)

  14. says

    This couldn’t have come at a better time – I just got a load of green tea and have an urge to bake something with it so I’ve been hunting around for a while for things to try. Great idea Shashi – thanks for sharing!

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