If you love matcha green tea then you might be wondering how else you can use the magic matcha ingredient? Here are 17 of the best matcha recipes out there for you to try at your next cook-off!
With how the world is evolving, there are more and more different ingredients being introduced into different culinary worlds and it is bringing out some amazing creations. Matcha is traditionally used for tea but because the flavor is so prominent and delicious, people have started taking to adding this tea powder into many different recipes.
The thing that makes matcha different from other teas is that matcha is the leaves. Rather than using the leaves in a steeper, matcha powder is created via grounding the leaves until a fine powder is formed. There are different kinds of matcha available in terms of their grade and the quality (the leaves that are smaller and handpicked are usually reserved for ceremonial grade) of the matcha is reflected in the price.
The recipes below will highlight matcha in so many different ways from protein bars to drinks to cakes! Do not worry about any dietary restrictions – there are recipes in here for everyone!
Milk Bread Turtles
These cute little turtles are made out of a matcha milk bread (the tangzhong is what gives milk bread the extra fluffiness that is not always present in other bread recipes) and the shell is made out of a dutch crunch! Want to know an extra delicious secret? There little turtle breads are also filled with white chocolate!
Green Tea White Hot Chocolate
This delicious matcha hot chocolate is a fantastic way to introduce matcha to someone who has never had it before! The sweetness of the white chocolate is a fantastic compliment to the natural bitterness of matcha. To make this even better, this recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make.
One of the best things to accompany a nice cup of matcha is to have it with it cookies or cakes. Many people prefer having madeleines because of the natural fluffy cake like texture it has. In fact, this recipe is so versatile, if you enjoyed the matcha addition, you can made another batch using cocoa powder!
Yum for doughnuts! These doughnuts are not only packed with matcha flavor, can also be made plant-based to make a tasty vegan dessert. All you have to do is substitute the egg for a flaxseed egg and voila, you have some delicious matcha cake doughnuts. The nutmeg is also an interesting but delightful addition.
A recipe that is able to be made gluten-free and vegan – who would have guessed? This pancake recipe also uses ripe bananas for added moisture and sweetness rather than sugar, making this a great option for a healthy breakfast. It also does not hurt that the matcha contains some caffeine so these pancakes are perfect for anyone wanting to get a great start to their day.
Not many people would think matcha would pair well with alcohol but pairing it with a citrus like liquor actually brings out a deeper flavor! In fact, this combines mint and lime juice, two ingredients that are fantastic for your body – so do not feel guilty. You can tell yourself this is a healthier kind of cocktail.
Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake
Pound cakes can be very heavy but this one uses unsweetened cocoa and matcha to really create a harmonious balance so that you do not feel overly bloated after having a slice. For added aesthetics, the swirl of chocolate and matcha green creates a beautiful marbling effect that makes this loaf irresistible.
Fear not friends, this is a keto recipe! Because this recipe only uses a total of three ingredients, it is likely you already have it in your pantry so this really can be a 5-minute process. All you need to do is heat up your milk of choice and pour it into your matcha and hot water mixture!
Keto Low-Carb Protein Balls
This is a fantastic keto-friendly snack and even if you are not on the keto diet, this is a great protein ball recipe to have after a workout! Packed with almond butter and matcha collagen, this kind of snack provides exactly the kind of nutrition your body wants after a hard session.
Vanilla Swirled Pound Cake
If you were not a fan of the chocolate pound cake perhaps you will take a liking to this one that mixes vanilla and matcha! Everyone knows vanilla complements virtually anything and the vanilla in this really brings out the sweet matcha flavor rather than the darker notes of matcha which is what chocolate usually highlights.
Low-Carb Coconut Chia Pudding
Plant-based friends, please do not fret! This pudding is the perfect recipe for you. The longest part about this recipe is waiting for the pudding to set. Using chia seeds to create that pudding texture, this low-carb dessert is a sure way to finish off a summer BBQ!
Mix it up a bit and instead of using just white or milk chocolate for strawberry dipping try this white chocolate matcha combination instead! The matcha keeps the white chocolate from just becoming too sweet and the addition of a sweet strawberry is perfect with the sesame seed contrast. These would be beautiful as part of an edible bouquet!
Paleo Endless Energy Muffins
If you find that your energy depletes midday, these muffins may be for you! Using monkfruit, bananas and maple syrup as sweeteners, this healthy muffin recipe does not taste like it at all! The matcha powder adds in a natural kick of caffeine that will help you pick up your energy!
For those that love working out but find that purchasing workout snacks to be hard on their budget, this is a great protein bar to make to save yourself some money! Using cashews, this recipe is packed with protein and can be made vegan by substituting the honey with agave or maple syrup.
Yummy for matcha with fruit! Fruit is one of the best ingredients to have with matcha and mangos are one of the best! The yummy smooth texture of mango is paired with the matcha and avocado, creating a lush smoothie that is great for anyone on the go. Feel free to add coconut flakes or even fresh fruit on top!
Pistachio Ice Cream
It is not very often there is a good recipe for vegan ice cream but this matcha ice cream is so creamy with the addition of coconut cream that it does not taste vegan at all! The coconut is a wonderful exotic flavor that plays with the matcha so well you will find yourself going in for another cone after your first one!