From tea to lattes, smoothies, cocktails, cakes, cookies, salad dressings, barbecue rubs, soup broths, you name it! Matcha has been used both in cooking and beverages for decades.
People in Japan were never shy about the health benefits of matcha. However, it was predominantly used as a ceremonial tea. A matcha green tea ceremony can take anywhere up to 4 hours, sometimes even longer. Its always great to find time to enjoy a chawan of thick creamy koicha (ceremonial grade matcha), while connecting to the tea powder and acknowledging its tea journey. However, in the more fast-paced environment of today, many great chefs and nutritionists have developed more than one way to enjoy the health benefits of matcha on the go.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is produced by stone-milling a shade-grown green tea called tencha into a fine powder. The quality of matcha green tea will vary depending on the tea bush cultivar, shading technique, picking standard used to produce the green tea and the milling itself.
When we drink matcha, we consume fresh green tea leaf itself, ground, and whisked up into an energizing, refreshing bowl. This makes it unique and unlike loose leaf teas.
When it comes to health benefits, Matcha is known to have most other tea types beat. Compared to green tea, it has:
- 10 times the antioxidants of a serving of green tea
- 5 times more L-theanine, which improves our focus and creativity
- 15 times more vitamins
- 80 times the protein
Generally, drinking 1 cup of matcha is equivalent to drinking 10 cups of sencha, when it comes to nutrients. For example, when we drink sencha, we only drink the tea leaves infused in the brew. With matcha powder, we are consuming the whole tea leaf.
We recommend incorporating matcha green tea into your daily cooking and beverages not only for the luscious green color but also for the numerous health benefits!
7 Easy-Matcheasy Matcha Recipes You'll Love
(photo: Just One Cookbook)
1. Matcha Latte by Just One Cookbook
Matcha latte, perhaps one of the most popular forms of matcha in cafes all across the world. Why not make it yourself? It's super easy, and you can make it for a small fraction of what you'd be paying at a cafe! Just One Cookbook shows us how to make a traditional matcha latte with your own choice of milk. What more do you need to have a deliciously vibrant day?
(photo: Sarah Hearts)
2. Matcha Green Tea Rice Crispy Treats by Sarah Hearts
Who doesn't love rice crispies?! Gooey, chewy, and crunchy. Adding some extra matcha powder to traditional rice crispy treats is also a great way to add some additional nutritional benefits to your kids' mid-day snack. Plus they'll love the new green color!
(photo: Couple Eats Food)
3. White Chocolate Matcha (Green Tea) Brownies by Couple Eats Food
A brilliant green twist on traditional brownies. If not for the green color alone, we're sure you won't want to go back to eating boring old brownies.
(photo: The Cup Of Life)
4. Matcha Mojito Cocktail by The Cup Of Life
A Matcha Mojito sounds like the perfect brunch-time drink if you ask us! Together with fresh sprigs of mint, its the ideal invigorating beverage. Just look at that vibrant green! Also great as an alcohol-free mocktail.
(photo: Mystic Japan)
5. Matcha Salad Dressing With Avocado and Lime by "Mystic Japan"
Matcha and creamy avocado atop of your favorite salad! What can be better? Next time you want to try something new with your salad, try adding a couple teaspoons of culinary grade matcha to your dressing. Or follow the great recipe by Mystic Japan.
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6. Matcha Chia Pudding by Two Spoons
The perfect (and super fast) breakfast option. Filling, nutritious, and can be made in a minute! Use Two Spoons matcha chia pudding recipe and top it off with your fruits and nuts of choice. Perhaps an extra sprinkle of matcha powder?
7. Irresistible Matcha Nama Chocolate by "Mealdiva"
A simple, few-ingredient recipe for the smoothest, creamiest chocolate! Nama chocolate (fresh, silky smooth chocolate) is loved all over Japan. With your own matcha powder and just a few staple pantry items, you can have some home-made in no time!
And an extra number 8:
Rich, smooth, decadent, and undeniably delicious matcha bavarois. One of our favorite matcha desserts!
While ceremonial grade matcha is the best choice for tea rituals and tea ceremonies, cooking culinary grade is recommended. Culinary grade doesn't mean it is of poor quality. While it may not be the top select, it should still be fresh and deep green. Avoid buying dull-looking swampy colored matcha powder as well as all matcha made in China. Make sure to buy your matcha from a trusted vendor, produced in Japan, and without any additives. Matcha is made from freshly ground tea leaves and just that.
Have any other matcha recipes you love? Share with us in the comments below!