3.31.2014

Do you matcha your muffins?

It's not any big secret that I have a ridiculously sweet tooth. In fact, my love of all things sweet is probably the only thing that rivals my passion for carbs.

I know, talk about some healthy habits, right?

Anywho, I've been on a serious muffin kick. I've been cranking out muffins for our new neighbors, mini-muffins for my kiddos, you name it, I've been baking it.

From blueberry cheesecake muffins to wild berry, we have been consuming these for breakfast and light snacks for the last few weeks.

And then I was offered the opportunity to review Kiss Me Organics' Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. At first I was a little hesitant, because I've never been much of a tea fan. Every once and a while when it's super hot outside I'll get a monster craving for super sweet iced tea (go figure), but other than that, it's not usually something I go out of my way to consume.

But I decided it was time to get out of my comfort zone. Besides, my husband loves all things green tea and the folks from Kiss Me Organics were kind enough to include a small recipe booklet with the product.

I had NO idea you could do so much awesome stuff with green tea.

You may not have any idea what matcha is, because I sure didn't. Matcha basically means it's super-finely ground up, so it makes it easy to add to practically anything you want.

I bet you can't guess what we added it to?

Yep, you got it, muffins.

I decided the best way to give green tea a real shot was to put it in a muffin. And boy am I glad. These mocha matcha muffins were the perfect amount of sweet, earthy and rich. I added some chocolate chips to some of them, while I decided to top some with almonds. They were a sweet surprise!

There is a ton of other cool things you can do with the matcha green tea powder, including: putting in in lattes, smoothes and more baked goods! Green tea boasts tons of awesome  perks, like increased focus, energy, a metabolism boost, antioxidants and skin health!

A 4 oz bag of this matcha green tea powder retails at around $25, but trust me when I say a little bit goes a very long way. We've had our bag for almost a month now and it's still going strong!

My husband was already a believer, but after trying this product, even I've started incorporating it into my morning meals!



Matcha mocha muffins
(makes one dozen muffins)
Ingredients: 
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
2/3 cup vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1/8 cup cocoa
1/8 cup water
1 TBS matcha green tea powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp coffee extract
1/2 sliced almonds or vegan chocolate chips (plus a few more to toss on top!)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, cocoa, matcha green tea powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir in vanilla almond milk, applesauce, water and vanilla extract. Mix together until well blended. Stir in vegan chocolate chips or nuts of your choice.

Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and then fill each individual cup 2/3 full with muffin mix. Sprinkle more nuts or vegan chocolate chips on the top (this will allow them to appear on the top of the muffin after it bakes and gives it a more "full" appearance).

Serve with a class of milk or devour with your morning coffee!

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6 comments:

  1. We drink a lot of different green tea items but haven't used Matcha before. Never even thought about putting it in food too!

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  2. Matcha seems to be all the rage these days, but still a little pricey for me. I will happily drink green tea. I like mine unsweetend. :)

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  3. Ach, I started reading this and then stopped because I'm doing the same review shortly. Don't want to be swayed, you know. :-) But, I'm excited to be using matcha!

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  4. When I lived in Japan the office lady at school gave each teacher a cup of matcha tea every morning (unsweetened). I really grew to love it. Though careful if you drink it regularly as after 3 years of that, my American dentist asked if I had a 3-cup-a-day coffee habit...! But it's definitely got some reported health benefits and is great in all kinds of things! Tea, baked goods, I think I even had it with soba noodles once.

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    1. Oh, soba noodles, that sounds delicious! Luckily it's been more of a baked good or smoothie addition in our household, but it's very interesting to hear your experience with it. i never would have guessed that!

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