A few weeks ago I was 100% stoked when Groupon offered a deal on Matcha. Matcha is one of my favorite drinks, but it’s expensive as hell. I found a small tin at a local coffee shop a months ago with just 4 tsp of Matcha and it cost 12-bucks. An actual container at whole foods cost more than $50!
So you can imagine my excitement when Groupon had two bags of it for just $25! The ad read that is was $150 worth of Matcha, I did the happy dance, pulled out my credit card and jumped on board the Groupon wagon! Oh yea, it was also my first Groupon purchase! My little package came about 2 weeks and since then I have been experimenting like crazy with my emerald green powder purchase.
What is matcha?
It’s basically a special green tea that has been ground up to a powder. Instead of seeping the leaves and drinking the “extract” you mix the powder with hot water and stir so you take in actual green tea leaves. It’s been enjoyed for over 800 years.
Before I share the recipe of this little sweet treat I’ll cover some of the benefits that arrived with my matcha. This stuff rocks. I am not a supplement kind of gal, but I do love some green tea!
Benefits of Matcha (according to GotMatcha.com)
- Matcha is the most potent of all green teas, delivering more than 10x the strength and health benefits of regular green tea.
- Higher in antioxidants than blueberries
- 70x more antioxidants than found in orange juice
- 9x more beta carotene than spinach
- Linked to helping maintain cognitive ability
- Sustained energy. The caffeine is more slowly released into the blood stream so you don’t get the same instant caffeine high as found in coffee.
- Increased metabolism. Studies show that it can raise your metabolism by as much as 40% (short term metabolic burst), much more than standard green tea because it’s so concentrated.
- Read more on matcha on my previous post: MATCHA POST
The Green Tea Cakes AKA “Green Leprechaun Monster Cakes”
Friday I was back in the kitchen experimenting away. I was in the mood for a sweet treat after dealing with jury duty for the week. All I wanted was a glass of wine and a sliver of cake. But I also wanted to experiment with my matcha which is how these cakes came to be.
- 1/2 cup banana (1 banana)
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds (or 2 eggs)
- 5 tbsp water
- 1 cup flour (I used 1/2 cup chickpea; 1/2 cup amaranth but any kind can do)
- 1/3 cup coconut flour (if you don’t have just use 1/2 cup of whatever flour you have)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or skim)
- 1 tbsp Matcha
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Heat oven to 350-degrees.
- In a small bowl whisk together flax and water. Sit aside for 3-5 minutes.
- In another bowl blend together banana, honey, milk and add in flax last.
- In another bowl mix together flours, baking powder, matcha and salt.
- Slowly add the flour mix to the banana mix. If it’s really thick, add 2 tbsp of additional milk and blend well.
- Pour into cake molds, bake 23-26 minutes until you can stick it with a toothpick and no batter comes out or slightly golden around edges.
- Allow to cool before decorating.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
Directions: In a microwave save bowl, heat the chips up for 20 second intervals, stirring after. Once melted completely stir in peanut butter and drizzle on top of cakes. DELICIOUS!
They were delicious, very moist and perfect with glass of wine or a glass of cold almond milk (I would know because i went back for seconds later on).
What The Taste Tester Had To Say:
At first Dan was a bit apprehensive upon seeing these “leprechaun cakes” coming out of the oven. But he gave them a try and really liked them too. The only thing he criticized was the matcha smell. I happen to love the smell and taste of matcha but I can understand someone new might not be so accustomed to it.
Questions Of The Day:
- What’s your favorite icing?
- More icing or more cake fan?
- Are you a green tea drinker? If not what hot drink is your go to?