13 ways to cook with powerful matcha tea

If you love Matcha tea, this is the post you've been waiting for! Match is a powerful ground up powder of green tea leaves. It is so healthy for you because it is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. The most popular polyphenol in Matcha tea is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate - much easier to just say EGCG). EGCG can boost your metabolism and may help slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.Other matcha benefits are to help regulate blood sugar, reduce blood pressure and may protect against heart disease. (Source: Health.com) Needless to say, Matcha seems like a powerhouse tea and it tastes good too!

13 ways to cook with matcha showing matcha muffins, matcha smoothie and matcha latte

Sometimes it is inconvenient to drink matcha since it is a powdered tea. Green tea in a tea bag is fine but the tea leaves don't give the health boost that matcha does. The difference is the matcha powder is dissolved in water while the tea bag simply steeps in water. When you drink matcha, you are ingesting the ground up tea leaves and absorbing the health benefits. While I try to drink matcha tea once a day, I've been exploring ways to cook with it as well. There are so many great matcha recipes, I just want to share them with you!

Here are 13 ways to cook with powerful matcha tea:

1. Lattes. This is the easiest way to get matcha into your life everyday. Hot or cold, matcha powdered tea dissolves in the water and then add your choice of dairy or non-dairy. I use almond milk. When I want a hot latte, I use a milk frother. You don't have to buy a latte at a beverage shop or eatery. I own a VaVa Frother which you can buy on amazon for $39.99 at the time I am writing this post. I've had one for more than a year and it really works well.

matcha latte

2. Smoothies. Since matcha dissolves well into liquids, the next obvious choice is to put some in your smoothies. The serving size of matcha powdered tea is 1/2 a teaspoon. So you don't need a lot of it. The bag I bought on amazon has 100 servings. That is a lot of matcha and a lot of smoothies!

3. Cookies. Who said cookies can't be healthy? Matcha in cookies makes a beautiful a green color and gives you a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are recipes for matcha shortbread cookies, matcha butter cookies and matcha sandwich cookies. Below are some recipes to try.

Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Cookies from Salu-Salo

Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookies from Use Real Butter

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Almond Shortbread Cookies from Desserts with Benefits