cooking with matchaMatcha tea is a type of green tea that’s become very popular among certain health professionals, yoga practitioners, and health-conscious people. Here’s what they know, that you don’t, and how you can benefit from their knowledge.

Matcha Crepes with Chocolate Ganache

This is a great recipe, and something you can easily pull off with Matcha from Kiss Me Organics. The brightly-hued crepes will surprise, and delight, your friends. The batter is packed with fiber, because this recipe contains buckwheat flour. The antioxidants in the green tea will help boost your immune system.

They work for breakfast, with some fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream. You can also serve them for dessert and pair them with a simple dark chocolate and coconut milk ganache.

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

This is an easy one to put together. The only requirements are chia seeds, milk and of course the matcha powder. If you sub almond milk for regular milk, you can cut down on the grassy flavor of matcha.

You can also add in other things, if you like, such as toasted nuts, fresh fruit, and chocolate chips.

Matcha Latte

This is something that many people are getting turned onto as a substitute for the regular coffee version. One sip of this creamy and earthy beverage, and you may just want to trade in your Starbucks card for this homemade delight. The naturally sweet and rich coconut milk flavor pairs well with green tea powder. You may never crave pumpkin spice version of this drink ever again.

Coconut Matcha Fudge

Who ever heard of healthy fudge? Well, if you’re making it with matcha powder, you can make it yourself. It’s a combination of cashew cheese, psyllium husk, and a healthy dose of protein and fiber. Coconut butter helps round out the texture and shredded coconut, and matcha powder and stevia make for a subtle and sweet flavor.

Matcha Granola

If you were to take it on its own, it might be a little boring. But, this recipe includes blueberries which help cut the grassy-bitter flavor of the matcha. The green granola requires you to roast up some nuts, and add juicy blueberries. Plus, you can serve it for both breakfast or dessert.

And, because it’s matcha, you get that much-needed a.m. caffeine boost.

Matcha Mochi Pops

Matcha and mochi go together like toast and jam. These are healthy treats. The tart yogurt balances the grassy matcha flavor perfectly. And, bits of chewy and sweet mochi add in some texture to each bite.

Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Protein Smoothie

If you’re a bodybuilder, or if you just do weekend Yoga, you’ll love this one. Matcha powder added into a pre-workout shake is perfect. Thanks to its mellow caffeine boost and the ability to promote a “calm alertness,” you can use it to boost your workout performance without adding a lot of calories. It mixes well with just about anything, even your favorite protein powder.

And, it has a subtle green tea flavor that’s complemented by the vanilla bean in this particular recipe.

Matcha Date Bars

Wrap one up in parchment paper and tuck it away for a snack this afternoon. Sweet dates make sweetening it up easy. And the rich cocoa powder combine nicely for an earthy, slightly smoky, and bitter-sweet taste.

The caramel-like taste of the dates will be a welcome change from the more acute sweetness of white sugar found in most health bars. And, if you want an even more savory-sweet flavor, add some blackstrap molasses.

Matcha Mug Cake

This is one for when you’re craving dessert but you want to avoid actually downing 500 calories. It’s an easy mug cake that works well for even the strictest dieter. It calls for white sugar, but you can sub it out for almost anything. Even a sugar substitute would work nicely, but you can use something a little more natural and subtle like agave or maybe molasses if you want a deep and rich flavor. If you want something that imparts a unique flavor to it, add honey instead.

Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups

These are great substitutes for peanut butter cups. Coconut butter and matcha powder combine powers with a bit of almond flour. They create a mouth-watering dessert that has a soft and slightly chewy center. Don’t skip the sea salt topping.

Conclusion

Adding matcha powder doesn’t have to feel like you’re forcing it. If you want to eat healthy, all you have to do is get creative. Most of the time, desserts are cloyingly sweet. Not these recipes. In fact, you might just forget you’re having dessert.

Isabella Jackson loves to cook, any excuse to try out a new recipe, or hold a dinner party, she’s on it! When not actually in the kitchen cooking up a storm she enjoys writing about her culinary creations!

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