These easy baked donuts benefit from matcha in the batter and in the glaze, where it lends beautiful color. If you’re unfamiliar with matcha, it’s high-quality green tea that’s ground into a fine powder.
There’s a serious matcha movement happening, and we are in full support. Matcha is praised for providing a sustained energy boost, a wealth of antioxidants, and for providing a “calm-alertness” thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine. Though there’s something beautifully simplistic about the matcha latte in its unembellished state, we’ve taken it one step further and added our favorite “liquid gold” to the mix. Tahini adds warm depth of flavor and a silky mouthfeel that classic latte lovers will appreciate. We recommend using almond milk as opposed to water, as the subtle sweetness rounds out the earthiness of matcha.
Matcha Coconut Latte
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?
Work this green tea powder into your daily afternoon routine with our Matcha Coconut Latte.
Matcha Yogurt with Sunflower Granola
You can seamlessly work matcha into your diet if yogurt is one of your go-to breakfast staples. It pairs incredibly well with sunflower granola and raspberries. Store granola in an airtight container and serve over yogurt for a hearty and nutritious breakfast.
Matcha Pound Cake
You can mix matcha powder into almost any dessert, from cookies to cupcakes to ice cream. It pairs very well with a light and fluffy vanilla cake. Plus, it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
Salmon in Coconut-Matcha Broth
Though we often think of matcha in sweet recipes, it can also be delicious in savory applications. Here, it lends depth to a broth made with coconut milk, lemongrass, and shallots.
Matcha Green Beer
Ready to make your own matcha beer? We partnered up with Seth Piracci, owner of The Starliner bar in Brooklyn, New York, to create a better-for-you alternative to green Guinness for your next St. Patty’s Day party. Matcha will leave you with a naturally colored beer that’s both healthy and extra frothy.
Whole-Grain Irish Soda Bread with Matcha Yogurt Butter
No proofing, no kneading, no waiting to rise… The beauty of Irish soda bread is in its simplicity. At some point in history, the ease and convenience of Irish soda bread gained popularity in America, where people immediately began to do what Americans do best with foods… added white flour, sugar, and (sometimes) eggs, making this hearty, healthy loaf into a cake. Here, we’ve reinstated the whole-grain beauty of this historical bread packed with whole-grain flour, bran, germ, and even steel cut oats. Whole grains are thirsty, so lots of buttermilk keeps this batter nice and saturated—don’t be discouraged by the wet, sticky dough. Greek yogurt adds a fluffy, creamy tang to decadent salted butter, while matcha adds earthy, grassy, green beauty to this hearty bread.
Chocolate-Dipped Whole-Wheat Matcha Shortbread
Yes, whole-wheat shortbread, every bit as buttery and flaky-short as traditional versions, but with way less saturated fat and all healthy whole-grain flour—plus a wonderfully earthy hit of matcha goodness. We do use some butter, but also replace half of it with low-sat-fat canola oil. If you’d like to get the look we created in this photo, gather up all the cookie crumbs after cutting the cookies, and sprinkle those crumbs onto still-wet chocolate.
Matcha–White Chocolate Bark
Gorgeous, incredibly easy to make, and with an I-can-put-my-finger-on-that-flavor yumminess—we love everything about this fruity chocolate bark. The earthy taste of the matcha enhances the flavor of the tart cherries, but the real key to deliciousness is that flake salt on top. If you don’t have flake salt (though we’d love for you to go get some), you can sub a crunchy sea salt.
Matcha Cheesecake Bars
A good hit of lemon rind offers a sunny lift that balances the earthy matcha.When making the pistachio shortbread crust, be sure not to press the mixture too firmly into the dish; that’ll compact it and make the crust tough.
Buttermilk-Glazed Matcha Donuts
Rejoice, donut lovers—we have a fluffy, whole-grain donut recipe that’s quick and easy to make. We like the buttermilk-vanilla glaze, but if you’d like to double-down on the matcha, stir a teaspoon or two into the glaze.
Matcha-Tahini Ice Cream
It’s easy enough to make your own version of sesame ice cream at home. Use tahini (sesame seed paste) for loads of nutty flavor and creamy texture. Load on some matcha, and this ice cream is over-the-top good.
Green Tea Coconut Milk Pop
Full of creamy coconut flavor, this pop is satisfying without pushing you over your daily calorie goals. Matcha adds a bright flavor and color, while honey brings a hint of sweetness. This recipe makes a total of 10 pops, so be ready to share with your friends.
Scallops with Green Tea Cream
This dish makes a uniquely delicious first course. Look for matcha—a Japanese green tea powder with a vibrant color and deep, somewhat bitter, flavor—in Asian grocery stores or gourmet markets. If you can't find it, pulverize regular green tea in a spice grinder.