Surprisingly, green tea is not just for drinking anymore. Ever since Starbucks added the Green Tea Latte to its menu in 2006, cafes around the world have been experimenting with matcha (green tea powder) as a new flavor.
There are now a wide range of green tea recipes - with matcha being added to salads, meats, smoothies, muffins, and other desserts.
Matcha is a new favorite ingredient because of its antioxidant properties. A study in Colorado in 2003 found that matcha has three times more epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than regular green tea.
When you eat or drink matcha, you consume the whole green tea leaf and get 100% of the health benefits. The whole tea leaves are ground into a fine powder. Then you add this powder as an ingredient to recipes.
On the other hand, when you drink a regular cup of green tea (green teas other than matcha), you don’t consume the whole tea leaf. You brew the tea leaves in water, drink the water, and throw the tea leaves away. In this way, you only get around 30% of the potential benefits of green tea.
My bowl of soba noodles made from green tea!
Well, this all sounds good, but does it taste good? I was skeptical about adding green tea powder to my recipes because I thought it would drastically alter the taste. I started to experiment and was surprised to find that in many cases the matcha actually made the food taste better.
After trial and error, I’ve put together a list of my favorite green tea recipes. I hope you like them!
I recommend doing some experimenting of your own. If you discover something good, please share it with everyone!
For a nutritious breakfast and a blast of antioxidants, try this green tea smoothie recipe with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Find out how to make your own green tea ice cream without an ice cream maker! Delicious, simple, and cheaper than Haagen Dazs!
Do you know any good green tea recipes? Share your recipes here!
Try these green tea latte recipes - a hot latte for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or an iced latte for an energizing summer breakfast.
Discover a new way to turn your favorite beer green without chemicals or food dyes. This Matcha Green Tea Beer recipe is fun to try at home or at parties.
Save time and money by making your own Green Tea Lemonade. Try this recipe for a more delicious and healthier drink than at Starbucks.
Is it too hot to drink green tea in the summer? Try putting it on ice! This iced green tea recipe with lemon and matcha is delicious and refreshing.
Make your friends smile with this delicious green tea tiramisu recipe. Super easy recipe using mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, brewed green tea and matcha.