3 Easy Matcha Recipes
Matcha is a nutrient-rich powder made from whole green tea leaves. It's packed with antioxidants, including catechins, which are known for their potential health benefits. Matcha has also been shown to boost metabolism and enhance cognitive function. While it's traditionally consumed as a beverage, matcha can also be used in recipes.
Matcha has so many nourishing benefits which is why we also have it included in one of our best-selling facial masks, the Avocado Matcha. We love all things matcha and hope you not only harnish the power of matcha in your skincare but also in your food choices. Here are three of our favorite recipes that are easy to make, delicious, and will be a great way to include matcha into your everyday. Give them a try today!
The first recipe is for Matcha Pancakes. These pancakes are light and fluffy, with a subtle hint of matcha flavor. They're perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.
- 1 c all-purpose flour (GF blend works great)
- 1 Tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3/4-1 cup of preferred milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and matcha powder. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Melt the butter and stir into the batter. Cook pancakes on a lightly greased griddle or pan over medium heat until browned on both sides. Serve with fresh fruit or your favorite syrup.
Matcha Latte Recipe
Having a go-to matcha latte recipe for when you are at home is one of our favorite ways to consume matcha. When you need a boost but aren't feeling coffee, try this recipe!
- 2 oz hot water
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 c of oat milk (or preferred milk)
- A squeeze of honey (to taste)
- Dash of cinnamon and cardamom (optional)
Heat your water up just below boiling. While your water is heating, heat your milk also to just below boiling. Once your water is ready measure out 2 oz of hot water and add your matcha powder. Mix the match and the water (you can use a small whisk or fork). Make sure to mix thoroughly. Then add your warmed milk, squeeze in a little honey (to the preferred level of sweetness) and add a dash of cinnamon and cardamom, stir, and enjoy!
This recipe comes from our friends at Huriyali, a Charleston-based cafe whose organic creations nourish the mind, body, and soul. This was one we shared back in our blog but still stands the test of time. It combines the magic of matcha with mint and frozen fruit for a beautiful blended pick-me-up.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ c. frozen pineapple
- 2 springs of mint (leaves only)
- 1 c. fresh made nut milk or milk of choice
- ½ -1 tsp of ceremonial-grade matcha powder
Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend till you have a smooth consistency. Enjoy!
The Benefits of Matcha Recipes
Matcha powder is made from grinding the entire tea leaf, resulting in a greater amount of antioxidants and chlorophyll than traditional green tea. Studies of matcha have unearthed potential brain-boosting effects, as well as a host of other health benefits to nourish and energize you in your New Year’s endeavors.
The L-theanine in matcha provides a longer-lasting, more consistent release of caffeine without the coffee crash. It’s also what is thought to be behind the energy and brain boost many attribute to this beloved traditional drink.
Its sky-high antioxidant levels help protect your cells against free radicals and may contribute to anti-aging* effects.
*Aging is a natural process, not something to fear. When we use terms like anti-aging, we’re referring to properties that allow us to age well, renew our energies and offer longevity.
These recipes are just a small sampling of what you can make with matcha powder. Be creative and experiment to find new ways to include this healthy ingredient in your diet.