March 04, 2015

Matcha, a stone-ground Japanese green tea, has recently been gaining some well-deserved attention. But how does it differ from a mug of steeped tea?

It comes down to its production, and, therefore, its consumption. Because the green tea leaves are consumed in their entirety, matcha drinkers benefit from a more powerful source of antioxidants. In fact, you would need to drink at least 10 cups of brewed green tea to match the potency in one serving of matcha, according to matchasource.com. Additionally, matcha may boost energy, reduce stress, and promote overall health. What's not to love?

One of my favorite parts about the green tea powder is that it can be seamlessly added to a variety of recipes. I've seen it in smoothies, frostings, macaroons, and more, though I've kept it light and simple with the dishes below. It does impart a mildly grassy flavor, so if you're new to matcha, taste as you go. Whip one up and tell us what you think!

Matcha Coconut LatteCombine 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder with 1 tablespoon hot water in a cup or mug, stirring until smooth. Whisk in 3/4 cup warmed coconut milk (or milk of your choice). Sweeten with honey, to taste.

Matcha Yogurt with Sunflower GranolaStir 2 teaspoons matcha powder into 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Serve with sunflower granola and a handful of raspberries.

Matcha-Vanilla Buttermilk Pound CakeFollow the instructions for our Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cake, adding 2 tablespoons matcha powder to the flour mixture in step 1. If you are only baking one 8 x 4 inch loaf, cut the recipe in half and use 1 tablespoon matcha. Dust with powdered sugar.

Can't get enough? Our friends at PureWow compiled everything you need to know about matcha.

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