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Matcha is the game-changing ingredient that is versatile enough to add to virtually any recipe. It adds a unique umami flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, plus it also adds a vibrant green color that looks gorgeous on your plate. It’s packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants so it’s extremely healthy for you. Plus, matcha powder contains the dream combination of caffeine and l-theanine, a combination that provides a long-lasting energy boost without any jitters or caffeine crashes. Interested in experimenting with this ancient Japanese ingredient? Try some of the ideas below.
You know what goes great with matcha? White chocolate. Matcha adds a unique flavor to all your sweet treats but is especially decadent when you add it to a sponge cake base. The sweet umami flavor it ads is truly one-of-a-kind so get ready for a lip-smacking treat that will have you craving more!
Ooey gooey white chocolate matcha cookies? Yes please! I repeat, white chocolate and matcha is a heavenly combination that will have you grabbing for more. Try this recipe for the perfect marriage of white chocolate chips and green tea powder.
Matcha is so versatile it can be added to all your baking recipes (not just the sugary ones). In fact, something magical happens when you add a little of this green stuff to a baked bread recipe. You can try your hand at a traditional Japanese milk bread recipe, or you can add about 15 grams of matcha powder to your basic bread loaf recipe (mix the matcha powder with the flour). Can you use it for sandwiches? Heck yes! This sassy addition gives your basic sandwich a delicious umami flavor that will kick it up a notch.
Ice Cream & Yogurt
If you’re particularly crafty in the kitchen, you can try your hand at a homemade matcha ice cream recipe. But, if you don’t have the time or the will to whip up a batch of homemade ice cream, you can simply add matcha to a bowl of your favorite store-bought vanilla.
Skipping the ice cream? If you want something a little lighter, you can get creative with breakfast bowl recipes. There are a ton of matcha breakfast bowl recipes out there that are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients and super easy to throw together. You can add almost anything to a green tea-yogurt base to get a healthy, energy-packed breakfast that will keep you going all morning.
Green tea salad dressing is the perfect way to add a tangy savory kick to your salads. As an ingredient, matcha tea works great for bringing out both sweet and savory flavors in all kinds of recipes. This Bento Box recipe is the perfect canvas for a flavorful matcha salad dressing. The best part? It’s not only delicious, but the combination of lemon juice and matcha will actually increase your body’s antioxidant absorption. Delicious and healthy!
Matcha smoothies might be the winner for the easiest way to get some of that sweet matcha caffeine that will keep you going all day. You can add 1 tsp of matcha to almost any smoothie recipe to get a delicious, fruit-filled energy boost. Frozen blueberries work exceptionally well in a matcha smoothie but you can experiment to your heart’s desire. You can also kick the health factor up a notch by adding a probiotic, protein powder, or even leafy greens like kale or spinach.
So there you have it, 6 ways you can start your love affair with matcha tea. Which one will you try first?
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