Matcha has been proven, time and time again, to be versatile whole food ingredient that can be used not only to make flavorful beverages but also delectable desserts and tasty dishes. The silky-smooth green tea powder made from the buds and young leaves of shade-grown camellia sinensis is found to contain a high concentration of chlorophyll and polyphenols, which gave it not only its bristling nutritive and therapeutic potentials, but also its distinctive taste, a combination of fresh vegetal, malty and subtly sweet flavor.
photo sources: sprinklebakes.com & justonecookbook.com
Dubbed as one of the super foods of today for its copious health benefits including cancer-fighting, metabolic-enhancing and mood-boosting properties, matcha is steadily gaining popularity in the food and beverage market in various major cities in the world. Many talented and enterprising chefs, food technicians, restaurateurs, mixologists, bakers, and even home cooks today are increasingly incorporating the pulverized green tea leaves in their various culinary and cocktail creations.
I have scoured the Internet for some of the most great looking, certainly delicious and relatively doable matcha-infused dessert recipes that we can whip up in our own respective kitchens. I was delighted to find a lot of recipes that were willingly shared to the netizens of the world by the talented individuals who made them. Many authors are even so gracious to painstakingly include step-by-step photos or even video clips to make it easier for us amateur bakers to follow.
I picked five for this article that I would share with you now:
Matcha Chantilly Cakes
By: Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes
photo source: www.sprinklebakes.com
If you like super creamy yet light and fresh dessert with a hint of matcha, then you will certainly enjoy this creation by Heather Baird. This dessert offers a symphony of flavors ranging from the matcha’s umami taste, to the sweetness and creaminess of the cream to the pleasant tartness of the raspberries.
Besides the standard appliances in your home like a refrigerator, freezer and microwave oven, you will need a few basic baker’s equipment and implements to follow her recipe such as an electric mixer, 3” pastry rings, baking sheet, acetate film and parchment paper. For the ingredients, besides having a good quality matcha powder (café grade or culinary grade), you will also need round tea biscuits, fresh raspberries, heavy whipping cream, confectioner’s sugar and Pocky sticks.
About the Recipe Author: Ms. Baird’s artistic background exudes not only in her dessert creations but also in the photography works she did for her site and for her clientele. She is a trained pastry chef, author, free-lance recipe developer, professional photographer and a self-confessed dessert-lover. At the present, Heather has already authored two cookbooks that showcased her culinary and artistic talent, namely ‘SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist’ and ‘Sea Salt Sweet: The Art of Using Salts for the Ultimate Dessert Experience’.
No Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites
By: Kara Lydon of Kara Lydon: The Foodie Dietitian Blog
photo source: www.karalydon.com
As a bona fide cheesecake-lover and matcha fan, I was drawn in by Kara Lydon’s recipe. Add the words ‘No Bake’ and I was completely sold. This mini dessert can be an instant hit in any parties, particularly those attended by health-conscious individuals. Other than the antioxidant-rich matcha powder, it likewise contains low-fat Greek yogurt, walnuts and dates. Talk about power food combination.
To follow Kara’s recipe you only need a few baker’s implements such as cupcake trays, cupcake liners, mixing bowls and spoons. As for the appliances, you need a food processor, a mixer and your home refrigerator and freezer.
About the Recipe Author: Ms. Lydon is a registered dietitian and nutritionist, as well as a yoga instructor. She is a staunch advocate of using holistic approach to total wellbeing. Kara has authored several recipes that promote the use of whole foods in creating delicious meals and desserts, many of which have been featured in various health and fitness publications. She is also a frequent resource speaker on the topic of healthy living in many symposiums and expositions.
Green Tea Chocolates (Matcha Nama Chocolates)
By: Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook
photo source: www.justonecookbook.com
Ever heard of green chocolates? At first, it sounds like something only a character of one of Dr. Seus’ books would do. But since matcha entered the mainstream market, we have seen and tasted green chocolate creations made by world famous brands such as Kitkat, Royce and Melty Kiss. Now, we have a truly nifty recipe invented by Kamiko Chen that will not only delight our palates but also our disposition. It is due to the fact that both chocolate and matcha are ‘feel good’ food, and savoring their contrasting yet complementary flavors in one delicious bite will temporarily melt our troubles away.
According to the recipe, you only need half an hour for the preparation and cooking to make 36 pieces of green tea chocolates. Besides 2 tbsp. of matcha powder (café grade or culinary grade) for the mix and for dusting, you will just need three other ingredients, namely white chocolate, heavy whipping cream and unsalted butter. As for the tools, you just need an 8” x 8” baking dish with parchment paper lining and other tools and equipment that you usually find in the kitchen.
About the Recipe Author: Namiko Chen or Nami is the person behind the cookbook and blog Just One Cookbook, which is predominantly about simple Japanese recipes. A prolific cook, author, photographer and blogger, she already has more than 500 recipes accompanied by multiple brilliant photos posted in her site. She also has several cooking demo videos uploaded in her YouTube channel.
Kiwi Chia Matcha Parfaits
By: Helyn Dunn of Helyn’s Plant-Based Kitchen
photo source: www.helynskitchen.com
Who would have thought that eating healthy can be this delicious and gorgeous! This dessert concocted by Helyn Dunn is a cornucopia of nutritive, therapeutic and gastronomic values.
In concert, matcha, chia seed, kiwi, berries and milk can deliver to your body a gamut of natural antioxidants, dietary fibers, multi-vitamins and minerals, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids and more in a single serving. The flavor combination of these ingredients is also top-notch, as you can savor different flavors such as sweetness, tartness and savory taste in one spoonful.
Another merit of this recipe is that it’s so easy to do. No baking or cooking required, and you just need a few basic kitchen tools such as cutting and mixing implements to make this one. However, you will need a few small parfait glasses of course, for assembling and serving.
About the Recipe Author: Helyn Dunn has certainly worn many hats before she found her true calling. She’s been a punk rock singer and guitarist, a horse-trainer, a hair-stylist and scriptwriter, among others, before she concentrated her energy on her passion for baking and now, blogging. At the present, she already authored and published two cookbooks, namely “Smoothies to Live For!” and ”I’m a Baker, Dammit!”. She also has a free downloadable e-book wherein you can learn how to bake with plant-based, oil-free and gluten-free ingredients.
Matcha and Coconut Butter Truffles
By: Angela of Longmont, CO as submitted to freecoconutrecipes.com
photo source: www.freecoconutrecipes.com
This delicious truffles recipe made by Angela of Longmont CO, calls for the use of four natural power foods, namely matcha, dark chocolate (or cocoa), honey and coconut, or to be more precise, coconut cream concentrate. These soft chocolate-covered treats with vibrant green cores are loaded with mood-enhancing properties brought by the matcha and the chocolate. It’s actually a sweet treat without much of the guilt.
You don’t need many tools to make the truffles, just things that are usually found even in the most modest functional home kitchen like a mixing bowl, a pot, a spatula and such. As for the equipment, you just need a stove and a refrigerator, which are likewise standard in all functioning kitchens.
About the Recipe Author: Angela is an independent contributor to freecoconutrecipes.com, a website affiliated with a company that promotes and purveys virgin coconut oil (VCO) products, called Tropical Traditions.
Thank you so much for reading! Join me in a series of articles on my quest to build an extensive compilation of the best matcha-infused dessert recipes out there. Cheers!