Matcha isn’t just a trendy green drink that young people carry around to look cool. Matcha green tea has many health benefits, like boosting brain function, lowering high cholesterol, and it’s high in antioxidants that can lower blood pressure. Drinking matcha on its own is a perfectly fine way to cash in on these benefits, but why not get a little more adventurous at meal time with this health-conscious alternative? Below are some exciting matcha recipes to try at home:
If you thought there was nothing more satisfying than a chewy, chocolatey piece of fudge, wait until you’ve tried Matcha Fudge! Now you can indulge to your heart’s desire without any of the guilt. The recipe is as follows:
- Line a pan with parchment paper, set aside for later
- Add 2 cups of white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl
- Microwave the bowl for a series of 30 second intervals until melted
- Add ⅔ cup condensed milk and 1 tsp of matcha powder to the bowl, mixing until smooth
- Pour mixture into the pan, refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight
- Cut into squares after hardened
Thinking of having a drink tonight? This Matcha Tea Mojito is sure to hit the spot, and only takes ten minutes to prepare!
- Heat water for tea. Add ¼ tsp of matcha powder and whisk until dissolved. Set aside to let cool
- Add 1 ½ tbsp of sugar and 10 mint leaves to each cocktail glass. Muddle mint leaves and sugar
- Juice ½ of a lime into each glass and muddle until mint leaves are broken into smaller pieces
- Once the matcha has cooled, add 4 oz of white rum and matcha to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10-20 seconds
- Strain and pour into each glass
- Top with club soda, stir well, and garnish with mint leaves and lime wedges
Maybe you’re looking to get your matcha in a more substantive meal. Believe it or not, Japanese matcha can be used in dozens of savory recipes, like hummus, chicken, and even pasta. If that sounds up your alley, then the Farfalle Italiane with Matcha Green Tea is the meal for you!
- Heat up water for pasta. Add pasta when boiled, cook according to package directions
- Meanwhile, sauté 400 grams of diced zucchini in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Keep tossing in pan until they have changed color
- Soak ¼ cup of raisins in warm water, drain, and pat dry
- Add the raisins, 1 tbsp of matcha powder, and 3 tbsp of ground pistachios into the saucepan. Toss ingredients around for 3 minutes, while seasoning with salt and pepper
- Add the cooked pasta, a dash of pasta water, and a handful of fennel leaves
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve
Lastly, snack on a special all-day breakfast treat with these Nutty Matcha Energy Bites. This recipe makes eight servings, so you’ll be set for at least a week!
- Stir 2 ¼ cups of oats, 1 tbsp of matcha powder, ¼ cup of dried blueberries in a large bowl
- Place ½ cup of unroasted cashews in a food processor or blender, mixture until finely ground
- Pour cashews into oat mixture, add 2 tbsp of honey and stir until combined
- Add ½ cup of water as needed until oat mixture is moist
- Shape mixture into 24 balls, roll gently into 2 tbsp of chopped pistachios
- Keep covered in refrigerator until chilled
- Store leftovers in refrigerator (covered)
As you can see, matcha green tea can be integrated into a whole range of meals and drinks, at any time of day! Start reaping the health benefits that this green tea has to offer and make a matcha-alternative meal today.