Last summer I discovered, quite possibly, my new favorite iced drink to enjoy during a hot day: iced green tea with turbinado. The flavor was a bit tart with the sweetened sugar but I liked knowing that the green tea was good for me, as well as refreshing. Of course, it was coming from Starbucks, but hopefully the benefits were still there.
Just a few weeks ago, I was contacted by Kiss Me Organics to see if I wanted to try their Organic Matcha to try and review. Since I was already in love with the idea of using green tea as iced tea, I was intrigued about using them in other edible applications as well.
A few notes about Matcha green tea powder:
Provides you will all day energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant
After making the initial purchase (the product is available exclusively on Amazon.com.) it arrived at my doorstep just two days later. I was eager to try out their product as a latte but I fear that my eagerness may have caused the drink to be less than stellar. I should probably mix the powder with the hot water before I add in the almond milk. Lesson learned, although parts of the drink were tasty.
After testing it out as a beverage, a thought hit me. I love to bake, so why not use it in a baked good! Better to use it to my advantage and skill set. After some searching through the internet, I came across a muffin recipe where I had all of the ingredients on hand. Next up I want to try Matcha white chocolate chip cookies, but it requires them to set overnight in the fridge.
Ingredients 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp of Matcha green tea powder (As I type this, I just realized that I only put in 1 tsp in my recipe. BUT I did taste them and they still turned out delicious.) 1/2 cup white sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup milk 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Using butter or oil, grease 12 muffin cups or add muffin liners Whisk together flour, baking powder, Matcha, salt and sugar into mixing bowl In another bowl, whisk egg, melted butter and milk Stir egg mixture into flour mixture Stir in walnuts Pour evenly into muffin cups and bake until golden and cooked through, approximately 25 minutes Allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
The green tea blended so nicely with the sugar, creating a slightly sweet muffin. I would recommend eating them right out of the oven, or heated up in the microwave. There really is nothing like a warm and moist muffin.
After my (semi) successful latte and successful muffins, I very much look forward to making the green tea powder more of a staple item in my pantry. The options are plentiful and so are the health benefits!
I was provided a free sample by Kiss Me Organics in return for my review, however I was not additionally compensated and opinions are all my own.
Do you have any green tea drinks or baked goods you would like to share?