Matcha is like mochi. You either love it or hate it.
If you’ve ever seen my #matchanonymous feed on Instagram, you know that I love matcha more than most of things in my superfood pantry. I use it in smoothies, baking, oats, chia pudding and to make my version of bulletproof morning drink.
Here, I share my all-time favorite matcha recipes from my archives and from around the internet, but first…
why is matcha good for you, how is it different from green tea powder, and what are some fun way to eat and drink it?
WHAT IS MATCHA:
Matcha is processed green tea leaves that have been stone-ground into a powder (typically in Japan, where it’s been used in the legendary tea ceremonies by Zen Masters for centuries). It’s different from green tea because you ingest the whole powdered green tea leaf, not just the brewed water. Matcha does have caffeine, but it’s only about half of the caffeine in coffee.
Smooth, earthy, green tea-like.
Grown in the shade, matcha tea retains a beautiful green color along with an incredible amount of nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It is said that matcha can calm your mind, boost energy and metabolism, detoxify, and help prevent heart disease.
Matcha gives you an energy boost and it lasts longer than after a coffee boost, because it contains L-Theanine amino acid. L-Theanine has a calming effect that relaxes the brain. Bottom line: it has all the right chemicals to send your body “feel good” signals.
WHERE TO BUY:
MATCHA DRINK RECIPES:
Traditional Matcha Latte: Bring 1.5 cups unsweetened milk of your choice (almond, cashew, coconut or hemp milk are great) to a bare simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat. Optional: melt one teaspoon coconut oil or butter in the milk. Turn the heat off.
Add one teaspoon matcha to a mug and slowly whisk in 2 teaspoons of the hot milk (use regular whisk or a special bamboo matcha whisk) to form a paste. Add the rest of the warm, tipping cup slightly to help create foam. Sweeten with maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar to taste. You can also use an electric milk frother for a nice foamy texture.
Cold Matcha Latte: Blend 1 teaspoon matcha, 1.5 cup milk of choice and 1 teaspoon sweetener of your choice in a high speed blender. Serve over ice. If you’re out of nut milk, you can blend matcha with 1 tablespoon nut butter (like almond or cashew) and 1.5 cups water.
Smoothie: Add a teaspoon of matcha to your go-to green smoothie. My favorite is the simple matcha coconut smoothie below. Find more green smoothie recipes to try with matcha here and in the Breakfast Criminals ebook.
Matcha Coconut Smoothie
Ingredients to blend:
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 frozen banana (or 1 fresh banana + 1/2 cup ice)
- 2 teaspoons matcha
- 1/2 avocado
Jaycee’s Morning Matcha Shot
MATCHA FOOD RECIPES:
HOW TO EAT:
Update your breakfast bowls by adding 1 teaspoon of matcha, or add it into raw desserts and baking.
Dairy-Free Matcha Overnight Oats (make it with Anita’s coconut yogurt!)
Warm Matcha Oatmeal
What’s your favorite way to drink matcha?
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