We’ve all seen and heard of the Matcha Green Tea craze all over the news and social media lately, thanks largely to Starbucks’ popular Latte of the same name. But it’s so much more than that.
What is it?
Traditionally, when you order a cup or buy a box of green tea, it comes in dried crushed tea leaves which you then steep and discard the tea bag. With Matcha, those tea leaves have been ground into a fine powder and is not just steeped into hot water, it is whisked into your drink and no part of it is discarded; giving you more nutrients in each cup.
The process from growth to harvest to production is different as well. Growing the shade, allows for better flavor and texture. And once it’s hand-picked, it’s dried and aged which helps enrich the flavor, before it’s ground into a fine powder.
Why so popular?
Once you try it, you’ll find that this trend is here to stay; it’s definitely not a fad. Because not only is it delicious, it’s healthy too! This java lover has switched sides and is loving finding new ways to implement Matcha into all kinds of tasty dishes.
You’ll see below, I linked my preferred Matcha which is made by Live Well Compass. Some Matcha distributors add sugar or other ingredients, this one has none of that, no additional additives and/or preservatives. Which is exactly what you want when looking for high quality tea. Live Well Compass provides a 100% organic Matcha Green Tea product that has the caffeine that my body is so accustomed to, without any of the coffee jitters, it gives you tons of energy and there is no crash at the end of the day! How can you not love that!?!
Additional Health benefits are that it revs up your metabolism, is a weight loss booster, and is jam-packed with all kinds of nutrients that would take all day to eat one by one. For example, did you know that drinking Matcha before working out can burn up to 25% more fat and can increase the rate of burning calories from 8-10% to 35-43%? I don’t know about you, but this gets me excited to hit the yoga mat!
So, after researching all the health benefits, tasting just how delicious Matcha is, and happily giving up my coffee addition, the first recipe I decided to try to make is the ever popular Matcha Green Tea Latte. Because of course, if it’s harder to make than a cup of coffee, it wasn’t for me. This did not disappoint!
Ingredients for Matcha Green Tea Latte:
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea powder
8 oz. Almond Milk
2 tsp sweetened condensed creamer
splash of vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in blender on high until powder is dissolved and serve over ice.
The next thing I tried making with Matcha was gluten-free bread to give me a bit of a pick me up for breakfast.
Ingredients for Gluten-Free Marble Cake:
3 tbsp Matcha Green Tea powder
2 large eggs
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups gluten-free flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
a dash salt
1 tsp baking powder
-Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
–Butter bread loaf pan.
–Mix all liquid ingredients on low in mixer.
–Slowly add in dry ingredients, except the Matcha.
–When all ingredients are mixed, increase the speed for 1 minute.
–Pour 2/3 of batter into loaf pan.
–On low, mix Matcha into remaining 1/3 batter. Then increase speed for 1 minute.
–Pour over the batter in the loaf pan and with a skewer stick swirl both batters.
–Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes until done.
This was a hit with the family! Gluten-free, delicious AND healthy! So staying with the breakfast theme, my family loves the overnight oats which I previously put up a recipe for, so I decided to make a Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding.
Ingredients for Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding:
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea powder
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
2 tbsp sweetened condensed creamer
6 oz Almond Milk
In a blender, mix milk, sweetened condensed creamer and Matcha until dissolved well. Pour into container and add chia seeds. Cover, shake well, and refrigerate overnight.
My little one has texture issues, so I was a bit worried, but she loved this as much as we all did!!! This recipe is a single serving size because I wasn’t sure if everyone would love as much as I do, but all you have to do is double, triple or increase to whatever your needs are.
Lastly, how could I not make Matcha Green Tea gummies!?!
Ingredients for Match Green Tea Gummies:
2 tsp Matcha Green Tea powder
2½ tablespoons gelatin2 cups coconut water, divided
1 tbsp sweetened condensed creamer (adjust the amount according to taste)
¼ cup coconut cream (the hardened stuff that floats to the top of a can of coconut milk)
-First, pour 1 cup of coconut water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top, let it sit for 5 minutes to allow it to soften.
–Over medium heat, combine the remaining coconut water and sweetened condensed creamer.
–Stir until it steams, not boils.
–Pour over gelatined coconut water, stir well.
–Then transfer into blender cup and add coconut cream and Matcha.
–Blend on high for 1 minute.
–Pour into silicone molds or 8-inch baking dish.
–Last, refrigerate for approximately 2 hours or until hardened.
–Can be stored in a sealed container for up to 4 days.
If you love coconut and green tea, you’ll love this combo! Keep in mind to taste before you pour into molds. I made mine super sweet by adding some more sweetener because for whatever reason, when you refrigeration these, they lose some sweetness.
As you can see in the picture (forgive my crumbling gummies, I was too anxious to properly take them out), I made this two ways. In individual gummies and a “Panna cotta-style” serving size as well. I covered that with a drizzle of sweetened condensed creamer for an after dinner treat. YUM!
There you have it.
I’m still experimenting with Matcha Green Tea recipes, so I’ll have more recipes in a future posts. You can click any of the links above or go here → https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Culinary-Servings-Smoothies-Metabolism/dp/B01M0A10XA to get some of your own Live Well Compass Matcha Green Tea.
Feel free to use any of my recipes above to fall in love with Matcha, or if you want to do some experimenting of your own, the bag has a link to the top 100 video recipes to try out as well. Either way, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Matcha favorites and give those a try too! Leave me a link below↓.
**Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way.