Matcha is simply green tea, which is high in antioxidants. With no caffeine, many people take it as a drink as an alternative to coffee, as it gives you the high, without any of the side effects of coffee. Others swear by it for beauty or health, although it’s not a miracle cure-all! Buy your matcha powder from Purechimp, a company that donates 5% of all profits to Save the Chimps, a charity that rescues apes from zoos, circuses and labs for lovely peaceful lives for the rest of their days.
No-Bake Matcha Bars (The Rawberry’s) are a colourful healthy treat. Roasted almonds and pecans are combined with cacao powder and dates, with a maple-sweetened filling with matcha powder, then topped with pecan nuts.
Matcha has an ancient history, having first been introduced to Japan as an aid to meditation. All green tea is good for you, it’s simply like black tea, but the leaves have not oxidised, so it’s more pure. Always choose organic, as tea leaves are absorbent enough to be affected by chemicals (and choosing organic means that tea pickers don’t have to wear protective clothing, in very hot countries where tea is grown). You can use matcha for drinks and recipes, but it’s also good as a natural food dye, to turn your vegan cakes and bakes green!
More Vegan Matcha Recipes
Vegan Matcha White Chocolate Flan (Full of Plants) blends white chocolate and vanilla, in this easy-to-make and naturally-sweetened dessert.
Vegan Matcha Mousse Cake (Lands & Flavors) is a very adaptable recipe. If you don’t have matcha, you can adapt this recipe by using blended strawberries and raspberries (for a pink berry mousse), coffee (or coffee and chocolate for a mocha mousse) or melted chocolate for a chocolate mousse.
Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake (Minimalist Baker) features a cashew crust, and is sweetened with maple syrup, made creamy with coconut yogurt, and coloured with matcha tea powder.
Vegan Coconut Matcha Halva (Full of Plants) pretties up a classic Middle Eastern dessert. This is chewy and flaky, with with a delicate flavour, and notes of coconut.
Matcha Pinwheel Cookies (Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen) are made with gluten-free flour and ground almonds, then adds in matcha powder and coconut oil, and sweetens with maple syrup.
Vegan Matcha Buttercream Frosting (Minimalist Baker) is an ideal recipe for topping cakes and bakes. This 4-ingredient frosting uses palm-oil-free vegan butter, organic vegan powdered sugar (Suma and Wholesome! are good brands in the UK and US respectively), vanilla extract and matcha powder.
Matcha Mojito (Crowded Kitchen) uses white vegan rum for the perfect celebration drink. Serve with club soda, lime and mint leaves.