If you’re a tea lover, chances are you’ve tried matcha, the vibrant green tea that is cropping up everywhere. Matcha is more than just a tea; it’s a great ingredient for adding flavor, color and antioxidants to your favorite treats.
What Is It?
Matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder. Rather than being steeped like traditional tea leaves, the powder is whisked with hot water or milk to create a frothy, invigorating drink.
The bitter flavor of matcha makes it a good pairing for sweeter recipes, and matcha is often used in desserts. However, you can also try it with dinner recipes that have a natural sweetness, especially seafood.
How to Use It
Matcha is available as a drinking tea and as a food-grade ingredient. You can use the drinking tea in recipes if you like — it is less bitter and is a good starting point for the matcha novice. Start with small amounts and add more to suit your taste preferences.
Here are some great ways to use matcha:
- Add to batters to create green pancakes, muffins and more, including these Vegan Matcha Pancakes.
- Create an Apple Matcha Latte .
- Mix with ice and vanilla protein powder for a fabulous morning smoothie.
- Whisk into powdered sugar and milk to top a flourless chocolate cake .
- Go savory and try adding it to rice along with fresh herbs and sesame.
- Add to yogurt or pudding for a creamy treat, like this Matcha Frozen Yogurt with Toasted Sesame Seeds .
- Add to cream sauces for pasta, or mix right into the pasta dough.
- Freeze your matcha latte to create your own ice pops.
- Use in your chia pudding .
- Make Tahini-Matcha Salad Dressing , an oil-free dressing, perfect to toss with salads or drizzle over fish or lean protein.
- Try Matcha Tonic for a healthful and colorful refreshment.